Euro nymphing with a short rod

green stick

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I fish freestone rivers over here in the UK . Varying form small streams a few feet wide right up to big rolling dales rivers . I fish nymphs on a variety of rods from a 6ft 2wt right up to 10ft 4 wt. Short line Czech nymphing can be done with short rods but you are ltd . I think this whole nymphing thing has got buried under a bunch of new terms. French /Spanish /Czech/ Polish are pretty much variations on a common theme mainly driven by the type of water you are fishing . People call it Euro nymphing but it strikes me people use that one term to describe to many things . Personally I fish with a French leader at times where the type of water requires it . I find Soft rods ( long or short ) help a lot . I have an Old Orvis T3 7ft 10 2 wt . that I use from time to time its heavy blank nearly works itself . I find a braided sighter 6 or 8 ft back from the fly gives just sufficient weight to aid getting things straight out . I also use a Hanak 9ft 2 wt We are lucky in the UK there is a lot of Eastern European specialist nymphing stuff available . If I am fishing a short line approach then I sometimes use a special zero weight nymphing line but casting is a pig . I have found over the last few years that on smaller streams my go to approach is a two weight rod . with a long leader of 12 or 15 ft . Easy to short line with but nearly as delicate as a French leader and even ok to cast a dry if things are hatching . Its a compromise approach as I could need 4 different set ups in 50 yrs of river .

G S
 

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The technique isn't dependent on the rod being long. As many have stated, it's an older technique. The longer rods help fish different areas of the river, perhaps lanes where spookier fish reside, etc. I have a Loop 11' 3wt, and fish a mono-rig on it, and it's a very effective combination. But I also use the technique on really small mountain streams with a Winston 7'9" LT 3wt. Situation drives gear.
 

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I use my creek rods euro style wth a 20’ leader I keep on a old tippet spool. It’s 20’ of 20lbs mono nail knotted to a 7’6” tapered leader that is surgeoned to some bi colored tippet material with a tippit ring on the end to accept tippit whew!

I cast the whole rodeo with a sort of roll cast. I’ve never used anything better for working long riffles and pockets. I’ve even used it on the San Juan with success and it’s a lot of fun feeling those subtle takes.

I’m not sure I understand the skill and moral superiority high horse of those who only cast fly’s that float to fish they can see. Far more complex and interesting reading currents and structure and presenting to fish that have to be seen in the minds eye based on experience.

I was a dry fly only angler for about a year, my mom would rig me a Stimulator and I would stand on the back rowing bench of the drift boat casting to pockets while she sipped a Tall Boy Coors and rowed for my dad haha I was 4years old, my dad would say ‘You think that’s cute Annetta till he sticks you’ She wore a big flat brimmed cowboy hat and bug eyed sunglasses for armor and I never got here good.

I really like euro/mono rigs and have fun experimenting with them, the jig flies are the image of purpose driven efficiency. Good stuff.
 
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