Euro Nymphing Guide Trip

The Connection…

As fly anglers what kinds of connections are we seeking? Connecting with nature, with the fish, with our fishing buddies, with ourselves… more connections than we often realize.

Fly Fishing Connection

Last week I had the opportunity of teaching four separate individuals (on three separate outings) all about Euro Nymphing. This was unique because only one of them had ever heard of this method and requested to be taught while the others had only cast a fly rod a few times if ever. Typically as a guide I start students off with an indicator and a bounce rig. Often times the fish practically hook themselves with that method and it has proven to be extremely effective for beginners. However, I deviated and dug a little deeper by showing these new comers the art of Euro Nymphing. The results were outstanding in all cases and has caused me to reflect on my willingness to share this technique with new comers.

Euro Nymphing Utah

Prince Kohler

Jeff A. (Pictured below fighting a fish) might be fairly new to the sport of fly fishing, but he has fully immersed himself over the past few months and has learned more than many seasoned anglers in a very short time. He requested that I teach him some of the European Nymphing techniques such as Czech Nymphing and French Nymphing. He had a great day on the river, and has since informed me of three additional solo outings he has ventured on that have all been very successful.

Euro Nymphing

Provo River Brown TroutRoyce S. had never caught a fish in his life…thus I started him with a bounce rig. After hours of fruitless efforts on what appeared to be a slow couple days of fishing we switched over to Euro Nymphing. The results were astonishing. His first fish ever was a beautiful 20″ Provo River brown. He then proceeded to hook and land many smaller fish, and to conclude the day he stuck and landed a strong 18″ brown. Spoiled…? Yes indeed!

Provo River Fly Fishing

Provo River Brown Trout

Royce mentioned what attracted him to Euro Nymphing over the bounce rig after just minutes of switching techniques “I feel so connected! Connected to the flies, connected to the fish.” He nailed the main advantage of a tight line nymphing technique, being connected and feeling everything your flies feel. In my opinion this is the number one reason why this technique is superior to other nymphing methods in most scenarios.

Czech Nymphing

Euro Nymphing

Provo River Fly Fishing

Although not an avid angler, Royce found the connection that many of us are looking for each time we head to the river. I dare say that’s what Euro Nymphing can do.

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Euro Nymphing Guide Trip

Provo River Brown TroutThere are certain times of year that you expect to receive guide trip inquiries from out of towners. For instance, around the fourth of July (give or take a week or two) the green drake hatch is in full swing on the middle Provo and any guide would expect to have a lot of interested potential clients knocking at ones door. Conversely, the middle of January is down right slow here in Utah with regards to guiding. It’s not that the fishing is bad because it isn’t. I’m confident its because most people who come to Utah when the ground is white and frozen are here to play in the “greatest snow on earth”. It makes sense. I think that’s why I was a little surprised when I was asked to take a couple fishermen out on a “Euro Nymphing” specific guide trip. I quickly became enthused at the idea of teaching my preferred technique to a couple of strangers from Nebraska.

Euro Nymphing SighterIf you are not familiar with Euro Nymphing, it is a tight line technique that puts you directly in touch with fish that eat your nymphs. I’m not going to go into specifics here, but it is hands down the most deadly nymphing technique I have found for most subsurface situations. For a great crash course in Euro Nymphing you can check out my buddies blog at The Tactical Fly Fisherman.

Euro Nymphing Guide TripDerek and I were both open that day, so he came along to help out and spend some time on the river. Our two clients were both capable fisherman who quickly picked up on the technique.

Lickety Split and Prince KohlerBeing that we were throwing to semi-lethargic trout in cold mountain water we switched up flies quite a bit to find the right combination that would produce the most fish. Turns out the Lickety Split (PMD), and the Prince Kohler out produced our other patterns. Click on these links for fly tying videos on these two great patterns. Both of these nymph patterns catch fish throughout the year. I highly recommend tying them up and trying them out. Odds are they will find a permanent home in your nymph box.

Provo River Guide TripDespite fishing in the middle of the winter, we were able to pass along a valuable technique to our new friends, and hook into a handful of beautiful trout. I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon outdoors in the middle of January here in Utah. Maybe that’s because I don’t ski/snowboard? Either way, I wouldn’t trade a day to play in the frozen stuff when I have the flowing stuff to entertain me. Tight lines out there!


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