All you need to know about Nymphs
There's a lot to know about Nymphs, so here we've packed all the essential facts into bite sized bits of delicious tips and tricks. Don't make the mistake of thinking you'll be able to make your fly look like a naturally drifting nymph for more than a few feet. You needs this advice!
There have been many creative approaches and experiments and innovations in nymphing over the years, and there is one common thread linking them all: slowing the nymphs down brings big benefits. This knowledge has eventuated in there being a large migration across to downstream nymphing. Because although it's possible to upstream nymph and dead drift flies with relative skill in quick water, very few fly fishers can slow the nymphs down or fish them well in slow water. This is the case for both European-style and indicator nymphing.
Nymphing in Slower Water
Traditionally good nymphing water has been viewed as beautiful gurgling ripples with a bubble line, so there is a tendency to gravitate towards on this type water - no surprise given all the superb fish to be caught in these stretches. But it's often the slower water close by - like where the run deepens below or the current pick ups towards the pool tail - which holds the largest number of fish.
Top fly fishers report that the deeper, slower water down towards the tail end of the pool can feed excellent numbers of great trout to a nymph that's fished in the right way.
Uncovered: The best way to fish Nymphs
In slower water, the balance between staying in tune with your flies and pulling them too quickly becomes more challenging. So many anglers don't see slower water as traditional nymphing water - indeed unless trout are rising such fisherman they don't regard it as fishable water at all. However in common with so many forms of flyfishing, getting the in touch but not dragging' balance is really just a matter of knowing what to do, then practicing.
The fast way to catch in slow water
These tips apply to just about any water on any stream, but for an example scenario picture fishing in a nice long, riffly stretch. To begin you should still fish the water by casting upstream... because if you begin by fishing downstream where the majority of the trout are, you'll ultimately catch the fish at the head of the pod first, which can frighten the others off.
Come up from below the fish and attempt to pick off a few as you move up through the pod. Where you see trout sitting, throw in a few casts and pull sideways while casting upstream. Pull the flies across the current to catch the trouts' attention, although take care not to pull the flies down faster passing the fish. This way you'll slow the flies down just enough while keeping awesome contact... then once you're level with the fish simply use the slow swing method covered above.