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    Default nymphing in a lake, how deep is too deep?

    I just ordered a fly fishing kit from a local fly fishing store here, so in about a week, i will officially be getting into fly fishing. Up to this point in my life, i've pretty much done shore fishing exclusively with a spin cast reel in lakes. There are rivers here, but i would still like to fish the lakes when fly fishing. the waters seem to go pretty deep, probably in the range of 25-35 feet. I'm wondering how deep is too deep when using a nymph when fly fishing? many areas drop off pretty quickly, but some other areas are much more gradual. Ive been told by my brother and dad that they do see alot of fish jumping towards dusk and can visually see alot of the rainbow trout close to the surface, so perhaps i don't even need to use nymphs depending on the time of the day? Any tips/advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: nymphing in a lake, how deep is too deep?

    ssjchar: When I fish the local lakes I tend to target the 7-15 ft depths when fishing sub-surface. I tend to fish a lot of chironomid patterns, but you want to keep a good eye on the surface and any bird activity. If the fish are looking up and feeding on top then you need to change to a dry or emerger pattern or a combo. What I would highly recommend for someone just starting out is to ask questions at your local fly shop on the best way to fish your lake at a certain time of year. Also ask them about local fly fishing clubs or maybe a Trout Unlimited Chapter in your area. Lacking all of that I would hire a guide for a day to show you how he fishes the local water. You will find that getting someone more experienced will cut your learning curve drastically. If you tell us the area you live in maybe someone on the forum can provide more specific advice about how to fish your area.

    Larry

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    Default Re: nymphing in a lake, how deep is too deep?

    Ok thanks for the tips.
    I'm located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, so i dont think too many people on the board will be familiar with the area. There is a local fly fishing club along with a fishing forum so i'll try asking around there. I believe the place i'm getting my kit makes flies too, so he probably knows whats good for the local fish.

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    Default Re: nymphing in a lake, how deep is too deep?

    Ask your local fly shop about quick release indicators made for stillwater nymphing and how to set them up.

    MP

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    Default Re: nymphing in a lake, how deep is too deep?

    Quote Originally Posted by ssjchar View Post
    Ok thanks for the tips.
    I'm located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, so i dont think too many people on the board will be familiar with the area. There is a local fly fishing club along with a fishing forum so i'll try asking around there. I believe the place i'm getting my kit makes flies too, so he probably knows whats good for the local fish.
    Your local fishing club will be the ticket! Ask around and let them know you are new to fly fishing and you will be surprised aat the help you can get. There is nothing like having a real person by your side watching your casting and having the inside scope on how to fish your local area.

    Larry

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    Default Re: nymphing in a lake, how deep is too deep?

    FG and I deep nymph down to 30'-35'. Just once I'd like to nymph a lake that's only 7'-15' deep.

    Plus you have Phil Rowley and Brian Chan up that way. Google them up.
    Life is not like a bowl of cherries. It's more like a jar of ghost peppers. What you eat today might burn your ass tomorrow...

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    Default Re: nymphing in a lake, how deep is too deep?

    ya I was reading one of his articles at work before i left. it sure had a lot of information in it. I hope youtube have some good instructional videos for fly fishing and theory

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    Default Re: nymphing in a lake, how deep is too deep?

    I fish Alberta and you will find me on the Sask Board as well. Typically I start deep and bring the nymph up 12 to 18 inches every 20 minutes or so until I get into fish. The last two lakes I fished were 8 to 10 feet deep and we caught fish on almost every cast with the nymph 18" below the indicator.
    If you are fishing chironomids it is a little different ball game.

  9. Default Re: nymphing in a lake, how deep is too deep?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Pitt View Post
    The last two lakes I fished were 8 to 10 feet deep and we caught fish on almost every cast with the nymph 18" below the indicator.
    Do you mean there was 18" of tippet between the indicator and the nymph? In that case the nymph was probably much closer to the surface than 18".

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    Default Re: nymphing in a lake, how deep is too deep?

    Light tippet and fairly heavy beadhead nymph with no wind. When I dropped it where I could check on the sink rate it was pretty straight down. If I was using an unweighted nymph you would be right.

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