Fly Fishing Tips

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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Do Tattered Flies Fish Better?

Chewed Up Mayday Mayfly
There is an age old adage amongst fly anglers that our hook up rate increases proportionate to our fly becoming more and more chewed up. I’m confident many of us have experienced this – as the day goes on, and if we are fortunate enough not to loose that single fly that’s been catching all the fish, our success rate increases. Instead of attributing this to an increase in insect activity, or the rust of our skills haven been shaken off early in the day, we give credit to our tattered fly pattern that continues to catch more and more fish as the day goes on. And once again last Saturday while Euro Nymphing a small stream, whether or not it truly was my fly, I had a magical day on the water catching more and more fish as my fly became more and more mangled.


Warrior Extreme - Brown

Here is what the Mayday Mayfly pattern looks like fresh off the vise.

Mayfly Fly Pattern

Early in the day this particular fly looks and fishes great. However… a few dozen fish later…

Tattered Fly Pattern

…a mangled Mayday Mayfly that can’t seem to keep the fish off. Once again the myth of the tattered fly has proven to be true!

Learn to tie the Mayday Mayfly

Divide and Conquer

Just over a week ago, I had the chance to get out and fish on the middle provo river.  Lucky for me, this river is in my hometown(Heber City, Not Logan :) )and I have had the chance to fish it regularly this winter.  There is one stretch of river that I have fished a couple times this winter, without having as much success as I thought I should have been having.  If you are anything like me when it comes to fishing, it started to really tick me off!  So I decided to go hit the stretch of river that has been haunting me, and try to figure out what I was doing wrong.  My favorite technique to chase trout is euro nymphing, which is what method I was using.  I had even gone as far as reviewing George Daniels dynamic nymphing book to review some technique.


Once I hit the water, I went to work.  I started out by paying attention to my surrounding.  I checked water temperatures and took a long look at the first little stretch of water that I was going to fish.  This is also a stretch of river that is easily accessible and highly pressured by anglers.  As I took things a little slower, focusing on my technique, I was able to start landing fish before I had even left the parking lot area, in a river that is highly pressured.  I was taking fish out of the river in areas that I had been walking right past it to get upstream.  I ended up having a stellar day which included a pretty good sized rainbow (I love the bows!) of which I don’t catch many of in the provo.  I learned on this particular outing that I need to slow it down and focus on what I’m doing, and focus of the river conditions.  It didn’t even matter what fly I was using, I focused on what I was trying to do, that is, catching fish.  I took a small section of a stream and dissected it, catching fish and then I moved onto the next small section of stream.  So the next time you are out, take your time and fish, without worrying about where the fish were the last time you were on the water, because chances are, they are not!  TIGHT LINES!


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