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    Default Nymph fishing for a beginner

    All,

    I have been a dry fly fisherman for many years. Learned from my dad and since my dad was not a nymph fisherman, I never really "learned" it.

    I am wanting to broaden my fishing and know that early and late in the year nymph in will be much more productive.

    I have heard/seen many different types, Czech, high stick, indicator, etc.

    I know this is a general and broad question, but what type would at least be a good start?

    Here is some info on my areas I primarily fish.

    Almost exclusively GSMNP but will hit western NC. Freestone streams, blue lines as well.

    I have 3 different 8'6" rods from medium to fast action. I also have a couple of 7'6" medium action rods. All are in the 3-5 weight range.

    Thanks!

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    This book is as good of a place to start as any for the information you're looking for, I'd certainly recommend it. Many members seem to appreciate the book as much as I have.

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    If you look around on youtube, you can probably find some of presentations too.
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    Default Re: Nymph fishing for a beginner

    In an earlier thread on the same topic, forum member planettrout posted this link with some excellent basic info on nymphing:

    Nymphing Tactics

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    Default Re: Nymph fishing for a beginner

    Also, Orvis fly fishing videos are excellent and they are free.

    How To Fly Fish For Trout: Nymph Fishing Video Lessons - Orvis

    steve
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    Many years ago, I learned the basic principles of "high stick nymphing", on the Roaring Fork River in CO, from the guy who actually developed this method of nymphing:

    CHARLES ROBERT FOTHERGILL

    It is the easiest and most basic technique to learn. Trout derive up to 90% of their diet subsurface. It is, IMHO, the most productive method of fly fishing - anyplace... anytime...


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    Regards,

    Silver



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    Do a search on "Flymph" ( Hidy- Liesenring) fishing you will enjoy the reading and opens up more than just "Nymph" fishing.

    The techniques and flies will keep you busy for a while...

    Did I mention how many fish you will catch?

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    Just this year I have been doing a good amount of "Euro" nymphing. Bought a Sage ESN 11 foot 3 weight and have been tying a lot of tungsten nymphs.

    It is amazing how many fish you find taking your fly that you would have missed through regular nymphing means, and in places that you might not have cast to otherwise as well.

    That would be my recommendation if you want to really catch a lot of fish nymphing.

    You can get into it for a lot less than the Sage brand as well. I hear great things about the Cortland competition nymph rod.
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    Default Re: Nymph fishing for a beginner

    Jayr, I can't really add anything more than what the others have said. When I've fished nymphs it's been primarily as planettrout has said with high sticking which is very basic but works quite well.

    I was up in your area a few weeks ago. My brother in law has been hospitalized up that way, so the wife & I went up to see him. Unfortunately not a fishing trip!

    We rode thru some of the park near Gatlinburg and through the town, and stayed in both Sevierville & Pigeon Forge. It was all quite scenic and we both enjoyed it!

    The BIL has been in 3 hospitals over the last 8 weeks including one in Knoxville, but I didn't go there. The wife did & is now in Johnson City with him at the VA Hospital. He's finally getting out & coming here to SC with her this Thursday, so I don't expect to be up that way again.

    That's certainly some beautiful country up there! I wish I had had time to look around more, and take in some of the fishing! You're a fortunate man to live in and have access to such a beautiful area
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjim5589 View Post
    Jayr, I can't really add anything more than what the others have said. When I've fished nymphs it's been primarily as planettrout has said with high sticking which is very basic but works quite well.

    I was up in your area a few weeks ago. My brother in law has been hospitalized up that way, so the wife & I went up to see him. Unfortunately not a fishing trip!

    We rode thru some of the park near Gatlinburg and through the town, and stayed in both Sevierville & Pigeon Forge. It was all quite scenic and we both enjoyed it!

    The BIL has been in 3 hospitals over the last 8 weeks including one in Knoxville, but I didn't go there. The wife did & is now in Johnson City with him at the VA Hospital. He's finally getting out & coming here to SC with her this Thursday, so I don't expect to be up that way again.

    That's certainly some beautiful country up there! I wish I had had time to look around more, and take in some of the fishing! You're a fortunate man to live in and have access to such a beautiful area
    Hope your bil recovers!

    You really didn't even see the best part of the park. Gatlinburg etc., is one huge traffic mess most of the year.

    You need to see the other "sides" of the park! If you ever come up and can fish, send me a message and I can take you to a few places, seriously!

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