Tuesday, March 26, 2013

And more practice

New England freestone in the fading daylight
I was back at it this afternoon.  The air temperature was  slowing moving toward 50F.  I don't know if it made it but it was getting quite cool towards the end of the day.

The plan was to get some more practice with the Euro nymphing set up.   For about an hour I was in the zone with 7 fish to hand and confidence growing in leading the flies and detecting strikes.  A mix of brookies and bows favoring the bead head pheasant tail soft hackle but a couple took the hare's ear.  Nymphing is actually getting to be fun!




5 comments:

  1. Mark
    I have been watching some video on Euro nymphing and have picked up on some things that I think will help me when I try this technique. I know most of the time two nymphs are used and without any indicator. I assume you are dead drifting the flies and detecting the take strictly by feel?? Am I correct when I say that the leader/tippet is basically the same length of the rod you are using? I use a 9 ft. 3 wt most of the time on our tailrace so my leader/tippet is around 9 to 10 ft. I used dead drifting last year on our tailrace and was successful at times but I was only using one beadhead fly. This is something I will differently try when I am able to get back on the tailrace. The lake above the dam is 3 ft. above flood stage and the generators are running full blast. Beautiful markings on those trout

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    1. Bill - There is a long answer to your question but I will just give the short answer. If interested in this technique, I would reccomend Aaron Jasper's first DVD where he talks about different styles of leaders and indicators, etc. I use a simple setup of about 9 feet of stiff mono then 2 foot of fluorescent mono (sighter for detecting strikes) and then 6 ft of 4/5x fluoro with another 18inches of 4/5x fluoro. When I tie in the last section of fluoro, I leave about a 4-6in tag to tie the dropper on. Mostly I use the heaviest fly as the anchor tied on at the end (point) and the smalller fly as the dropper off the tag. The flies are "led" at the speed of the current and strikes are detected mostly by visible movements in the sigther but sometimes can be felt. Hope that helps

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  2. Mark
    I have the mono, and some crappie mono in green, I can use. I will tie up a couple of leaders and use a tippet ring at the very end, where last I will tie on the tippet connected to the tippet ring. I use a tippet ring all the time with my regular leaders, it saves me from buying leaders all the time. The ring is extremely tiny and not that visible tied into the leader. I looked at this video clip last night, concerning leaders and how to tie them for Euro nymphing, take look and see what you think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFawLRx2YdI

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    1. Bill - I like things simple so I use the following sections 6ft of 20lb maxima/3ft of 10lb maxima/2ft of bicolor fluorescent mono (half orange/half green)/6ft of 4x or 5x fluorocarbon with tag/18" of 4x or 5x fluorocarbon.

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  3. Mark
    The will be the setup I will used--thanks

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