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Surfin the Susquehanna 09-05-2007 12:53 PM

Fly Types.
Hey Guys(Gals)
I have been fly fishing for a little over a month now. I absolutely love it and love this forum. I have gotten much useful information. I have a question. I have used dry flies (limited), woolybuggers, and clauser minnows. I have yet to try a Nymph. What is the application for fishing a nymph? Lake/River? Bass/Trout/Panfish? How do you fish them? Upstream retreive/downstream float?
I hear them mentioned, but no details as to their application. If someone can give me a short narrative on the use of a nymph, I'd greatly appreciate it.

BigCliff 09-05-2007 02:42 PM

Re: Fly Types.
Nymphs are like the caterpillar version of aquatic insects: its the crawling version that later will be a much more elegant flying creature. The difference is that nymphs spend all their time crawling around on the bottom underwater.

That doesn't mean you have to be scraping the bottom to catch fish on a nymph. Nymphs get dislodged from the bottom by current in moving water, and those in still-waters roam around a bit.

However, they can't swim very well in either situation, so you'll need to make the fly move either very slowly, or not at all relative to the current. They're most commonly fished with some weight (MUCH smaller shot than you'd use with a spinning rig) to get it to the bottom, and an indicator so you can see a strike.

Ideally, you'll position the indicator at a spot 1.5 times the water's depth away from the fly on your leader, and add enough weight so that the fly tics the bottom every five feet or so. If it looks more like a "take" than a "tic", set the hook. At first you'll feel silly for setting the hook at least ten times before catching a fish, but this is just how nymphing goes.

Surfin the Susquehanna 09-05-2007 09:24 PM

Re: Fly Types.
Boy that sounds tricky. I love the woolybuggers and clauser minnows because you can feel the strike and there's no mistaking it. It's obvious when a dry fly gets taken, but the nymph method seems like its a real challenge.

BigCliff 09-06-2007 11:24 AM

Re: Fly Types.
It is a good bit tougher to learn, but trout get like 90% of their food in the form of nymphs. So once you've got the hang of it, you're opening up lots of possibilities of catching fish that used to be unavailable to you.

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