Posts Tagged ‘european nymphing’

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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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!


Peeking Caddis (Jig Hook)

Here is another simple, yet effective pattern.  This is a peeking caddis tungsten nymph.  I started fishing this pattern just over a year ago and it has been a great producer.  The more I have been fishing with jig hook nymphs, the more I have been liking them.  Since they ride hook point up, you can add more weight without the worry of snagging on the bottom.  Without the worry of snagging the bottom, you can really go deep with these types of nymphs while fishing the European nymphing techniques.

I originally tied this pattern up to help me imitate some mothers day caddis hatches.  This fly really works in the springtime and is a go to pattern that time of year, but I have also been using this fly as a general attractor nymph.  I have since bought some pearl core braid in other bright colors that include orange and pink, and plan to fish these colors in the upcoming winter.

Get out and fish these flies!  TIGHT LINES!


Hook: Jig style nymph size 14
Bead: Slotted Tungsten size 2.7-3.5mm
Body: Blend of SLF squirrel dubbing(natural, brown, black, and olive)
Legs: CDC in dubbing loop
Peeking caddis: Pearl core braid in chartreuse ( also use pink, yellow, orange, and tan) 

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