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Nymphing Strategies

Post Number:#1  Postby Lou Bruno » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:55 am

I use several nymphing technics, I do have a favorite. That being, split shot at the end of my tippet, nymph tied above. Not a fan of Czech nymphing.

So, like to hear from others on this, and if you have a preference.

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Post Number:#2  Postby Paul Arden » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:01 pm

I’m a disciple (very much in learning stage) of French Nymphing, Lou. It’s completely changed my approach and success in nymphing technical waters. That said I’m open to all techniques. The only one I don’t like is fishing under indicators.

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Post Number:#3  Postby Viking Lars » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:34 pm

I'm not a fan of czech nymph either, nor French nymphing for that matter. For me, flyfishing is flycasting, and flycasting is loops :-). Not to discuss that definition, because I'm no no way judgmental - not least because I use both methods on occasion (okay, I have very little insight into French nymphing, but I do occasionally fish heavy nymphs using only a long leader).

I like short and medium range nymphing, using "real" flycasting and sometimes a floating indicator, most often just a braided loop Oliver Edwards style. I've just recently dived into the more modern indicators made with multicoloured nylon, spiralled nylon and stuff like that. I find that quite interesting.

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Post Number:#4  Postby Lou Bruno » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:46 pm

I like "long" leaders when nymphing , I deviate from the prescribed 2.5 times the water depth.

I like the RIO indicator nymphing line.

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Post Number:#5  Postby Paul Arden » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:45 pm

Usually my leaders are about 2.5 times the rod length. In the case of FN they are about 10m long :laugh:

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Post Number:#6  Postby Thomas » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:51 pm

Viking Lars wrote:I'm not a fan of czech nymph either, nor French nymphing for that matter. For me, flyfishing is flycasting, and flycasting is loops :-). Not to discuss that definition, because I'm no no way judgmental - not least because I use both methods on occasion (okay, I have very little insight into French nymphing, but I do occasionally fish heavy nymphs using only a long leader).

I like short and medium range nymphing, using "real" flycasting and sometimes a floating indicator, most often just a braided loop Oliver Edwards style. I've just recently dived into the more modern indicators made with multicoloured nylon, spiralled nylon and stuff like that. I find that quite interesting.

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Lars,

Im with you on this one - flyfishing is flycasting and flycasting is loops. :) A couple pf questions:

1. Is the Oliver Edwards way roughly the same as the Joe Humphreys way?

When your nymphing Oliver Edwards way, what kind of a leaders do you use?

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Post Number:#7  Postby Bernd Ziesche » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:49 pm

Hi Lou,
When fishing the fly above the split shot, which knot and how exactly do you add the fly to the leader?
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Post Number:#8  Postby Lou Bruno » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:46 am

Bernd Ziesche wrote:Hi Lou,
When fishing the fly above the split shot, which knot and how exactly do you add the fly to the leader?
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I add a section of tippet, about 8in to my main tippet using a blood knot.
At the tag end of that tippet I tie a basic overhand knot. I attach my split shot, knot prevents the split shot from sliding off.

Above the blood knot I add a section of 4X tippet using a perfection loop. I bring the 4X threw the perfection loop. The perfection loop helps keep the 4X ridged. The 4X will now pivot, swing in the current. This technique is used in Polish nymphing.

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Post Number:#9  Postby Viking Lars » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:44 pm

Thomas - I'm not familiar with Joe Humphrey's setup, but the basics of Oliver Edwards' setup is the braided loop between his flyline and leader. He uses a bright orange one as an indicator, and the hollow structure holds a lot of floatant.

I use the same - brightly coloured (or black, which I find easier to see in some conditions), but my leader is different. Some would argue that it's not a leader at all, since I use level mono - typically 0,16mm or 0,14mm. It's a bit extreme and casts very bad, but it sinks very readily and often I need just 1,5 times the water depth to reach the bottom.

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Post Number:#10  Postby Bernd Ziesche » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:50 pm

Lou Bruno wrote:I add a section of tippet, about 8in to my main tippet using a blood knot.
At the tag end of that tippet I tie a basic overhand knot. I attach my split shot, knot prevents the split shot from sliding off.


Hi Lou,
that's how I used to fish for mullets at times.
Then I realized the relatively long side arm supporting to miss a lot of takes (be feeling them) and only used it when seeing both the fly and the fish.
Drop shot anglers position their jigs/lures above the weight as well. But they hang it directly on the main line. I was wondering, if we might have room to improve by doing this as well?
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