Fishing the Nymph III

by Fly Fisherman

One of the most opportune times to fish your nymph fly is during and immediately following the run off after a high water period. Whether the high water was occasioned by rainfall or a man-made changing of a water level in a dam above.

A nymph fly fished deep and near an overhanging bank is one of the most resultful areas in which to find feeding fish cruising up and down on the lookout for just the kind of an insect you’re showing them. Another good site is in runs between weed beds. Smooth, quiet water that flows between faster, rougher water courses is an apt locality in which to try your nymph, as are points in and around eddies in the stream.

Drag in fishing wet flies, generally, is not a serious point but in fishing the nymph correctly drag is as much an odious plight as it is in dry fly fishing. Although there is a tendency for the line and leader to form a tension pull on the lure it is not quite so prevalent as the creation of a wake on the surface of the water.

To avoid the drag under water it is well to keep the rod well up permitting the least possible amount of your line to stay on the water to create a surface pull against the leader and fly. Another method is by fishing an exaggerated slack line which, by the time it has straightened out to do its vicious pulling, allows the nymph fly to complete its searching journey. With the slack line method, however, by the time you usually get around to a taut pull to set a hook, the fish has hit, tasted, spit out and, it being so long ago, has almost forgotten the incident.

If in starting on the stream to fish a nymph and you’re doubtful, at the moment, which “bug” to select, a good general rule to follow is to pick one which somewhere near matches the color of the stream bed where you are to fish.

Another broad formula is, in choosing a fly to fish, if the stream or the section, which you are to fish is quiet slow moving water, put on an Iron Blue Dun colored nymph. If the stream is fast, riotous, rough over gravel beds or rocks, use a brown toned fly. If the water is just medium, between the two mentioned, use either an olive or fawn nymph fly. These suggestions are only general, they might work and they might not but they have proved successful more times than they have failed.

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