Fishing a Nymph in Lakes

by Fly Fisherman

Fishing a nymph is comparatively a simple exercise in lakes. It is important that a long fine leader be used and that the nymph be permitted to actually reach bottom and rest there for a moment. Then start a slow, slow, slow hand-twist retrieve. If you are in the vicinity of fish this manner of fishing is pure dynamite. Generally the nymph used in lakes is larger than those you would adopt for stream fishing. You must be alert for the vaguest “touch” and act speedily to hook your fish. Rarely will they strike a nymph as they will a traveling wet fly or streamer fly.
The wet fly is also permitted to go into the depths and the retrieve can be a normal hand-twist retrieve or a more rapid movement of lifting the rod tip a few inches, lowering it and taking up the slack and repeating until the fly is near enough to you to pull up and re-cast.

The streamer is fished similarly to the wet fly. Keep in mind that you are imitating a darting minnow or one supposedly trying to get out of that danger area. Sometimes an effective procedure is to cast and retrieve fast with the streamer near, or cutting, the surface of the water. As a general practice the trout hit a streamer more or less savagely. If they are tempted, and want it, they take without fooling. Streamers most resembling the minnow, or the young of the fish in the lake, are of more value than fancy patterns, yet there are times when the colorful “fancies” seem to be the only thing to which they’ll pay any attention.
In the early part and the late part of the fishing season the shallows are usually most productive. During the more heated part of the season, particularly when the sun is bright on the water, the fish seek deeper parts of the lake. The shallower sections and shore areas have their innings earlier in the mornings and later in the day and at night.
Summing it all up, there is but one outstanding difference in fishing a lake or fishing a stream. On the stream you have a water current which assists you in working your lure. On the lake you must work the lure yourself. And the slower you work it, within reason, the better your results will be.

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