Sunday, March 24, 2013

Practice, practice, practice

A sounthern New England stream on a early spring afternoon
With the temperature inching it's way into the 40's (F) and the sun shinning, I decided to head out to a nearby trout management area for a little euro nymphing practice.  This time of year only the TMA's are open for fishing in CT.

My nymphing skills could use some practice but I am encouraged with the progress that continued practice is bringing.  Today the "go to" flies were the bead head pheasant tail soft hackle (3 rainbows and a brook trout) and a super simple hare's ear (1 rainbow).  It was a very pleasant sunday afternoon to be out and enjoying some fresh air.



A classic boulder filled New England freestone

14 comments:

  1. Very nice. You did much better than I did. I guess I need to use nymphs more often.

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    1. Thanks Kirk - they were all stockies but a good "classroom" to work on technique

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  2. Nice looking stream, not a bad day for March. See any risers?

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    1. Swamp Yankee...no rising fish but there were quite a few small olives hatching

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  3. You sure have some fine looking smaller streams back in Connecticut. Looks very tempting for me. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Rainbow Chaser - this time of year they are very full which adds to their beauty

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  4. Nice rewards.
    The weather was grand this spring day.

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    1. Brk Trt - yes it was! Hope you were able to enjoy it also

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  5. Mark
    Absolute beautiful trout and some fantastic looking streams. I too need some work on nymphing, but from looking at the images it seems you are learning fast. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - thanks. I would recommend reading up on Euro nymphing. It's a very straight forward approach to nymphing that I've found much easier to learn and have some success with.

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  6. Way to get out on the water Mark. I haven't made it out yet but hope to. For anyone looking into Euro Nymphing there are a couple of really good DVDs with two coming from Aaron Jasper of Trout Predator online. I have them both and spent a day on the water with Aaron learning this method and it I almost exclusively euro nymph now.

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    1. Passinthru - thanks, the weather is starting to warm a little so it's a good time of year to get some time on the water! I can second your recommendation on the Aaron Jasper DVDs. I have them both and found them to be very helpful for getting started. There are sections on leader setup, technique, various fishing situations, and fly tying. The DVD's, leader, and fly tying materials can be purchased on line from wflies.com

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  7. Mark.

    Still too cold in my part. Nice post.

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  8. Richard - thanks...hoping things warm up for the opening of the season on your side of the "pond"

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