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Can someone refer me to a good source that explains the different ways of fishing patterns, as in:

Drift.....as a nymph....as a streamer.... etc.

I know just about enough to get skunked I think, so if you can help, I would appreciate an explanation of the fine points.
 

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I always go to Youtube first. It can't give you everything, but videos are always more helpful than text for me.
 

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I always go to Youtube first. It can't give you everything, but videos are always more helpful than text for me.
x2. Youtube is great.


There are a lot of articles on this online that are worth looking into.

A few basics:

First thing to learn is what drag is. I won't try to explain because there are better sources of info than me. Learn how to "mend" a line. That's how you fix it. I will say this, if you cast a fly across a stream and let it drift, your line will belly out in the current and drag the fly across/through the water. This looks unnatural as most things are drifting unimpeded and this also makes the fly put a little disturbance in the water as it cuts across current. Fish can detect this and it looks unnatural.


The cure is learning to "mend" the line. Mending is an essential skill in flyfishing. Essentially you are repositioning the line upstream so it doesn't belly out during the drift. I find myself doing this: cast out and then give the line a little flip to get the slack positioned upstream of the fly. I repeat it a few times in the drift since the line inevitably catches up. If you are seeing a big belly or arc in your line, you've probably got drag. You want your line to look zig-zagged as it drifts so the fly is going downstream naturally.

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What will happen is that the current pulling on your fly line will take it downstream faster the than the fly. A big D-shaped, arcing belly will form in the line. (I tried to draw but it didn't work). Don't let that belly form! Get that upstream. If you are not fishing with an indicator, let the fly swing down below you and let it hang there for a bit. It looks like some critter suspended or rising in the water column and that often gets a fish to hit (normally a hard one).


here's an article from a board sponsor: http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPage?mode=article&objectID=29935&storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1
 

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Fly Fishing for Trout in Streams

Excellent guide that covers all of the basic fishing techniques complete with step-by-step pictures, fly types, rigging, etc.

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There are plenty of people on here with VASTLY more knowledge than myself, but to simplify things.

Nymphs- For the most part (for me) it is a dead drift in faster water. I use an indicator most of the time but if I'm fishing shallower water (less than 3 ft) I will go with a hopper dropper setup

Streamers- Again for the most part- I fish them almost like I'm fishing convential for bass, 45 degree casts upstream and depending how slow or fast the fish tell me i strip it back. and yes this is for trout

All the way from Afghanistan
-Kyle "PWNY" Stinnett
 

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About 20 years ago I was asked to write the first FAQ on fly fishing for [email protected] If you Google "nymphing" or "dry fly fishing," my FAQ still comes upon the first page of the search.

I still think they relevant for the newbie. Feel free to print off a copy.

Dry Fly Fishing

Nymphing

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Hey Silver Creek:

I've been reading your lesson on fly fishing and it is full of very good knowledge. It is one of the best essays on the subject that I have ever found. Thank you so much.[poke]
 

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Thank you for the very kind comments.

I think the FAQs have held up considering that 20 years is an eternity in internet time.

Here are a couple of illustrations for rise forms that show a simple rise transitioning into a compound then complex rise:




 
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Can someone refer me to a good source that explains the different ways of fishing patterns, as in:

Drift.....as a nymph....as a streamer.... etc.

I know just about enough to get skunked I think, so if you can help, I would appreciate an explanation of the fine points.
Do yourself a favor. Track down a copy of Roy Ovington's Tactics on Trout. It will save you hours of frustration. The gear is dated, but everything else is still spot on.

Also, In the Ring of the Rise by Vincent C. Marinaro is well worth the read.
 

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It's a great book. You'll enjoy it

It's brilliant in it's simplicity. It's all about put the right type of fly where the trout are likely to take it and how to go about getting it there. It's all presented is a sort of chit-chatty way like you are standing on the side of a stream with him - sort of the uncle I wish I had had.
 

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Knowing how and when to mend is fundamental to all fly presentation techniques that use a floating line.
It's as important as being able to cast.

8 Common Fly Line Mending Mistakes
This one should've been 9 Common Fly Line Mending Mistakes.... #1 being Arial Mending.... Learn to Arial Mend so as to get the most natural drift possible without having to lift or mend your line during a drift as mending mid drift allows for slack in the line and missed takes... It's kinda surprising that Arial Mending didn't even make his Top 8...
 
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