Posts Tagged ‘european nymphing’

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.

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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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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!

Recipe:

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) 

Summer’s End- Quick RECAP

Today was the first day since warmer times that I had to scrape my windshield to clear the frost. That accompanied by the fact that its now November, caused me to reflect on this past summer and the many fishing adventures I had. The summer kicked off chasing tiger muskie in a nearby lake. I landed my two biggest tigers this year (both are shown in the video above). My son also got into some great bluegill and bass fishing at the same lake while I was chasing muskie.

As the water temp warmed I switched gears and returned to targeting trout. It didn’t take long before my weekends were spent guiding on Utah’s fine Provo River.

That’s not to say I didn’t do some fishing of my own. Wyoming quickly became the state of exploration as I ventured into the southwest corner of the Cowboy state.

Derek even managed a trip up there with me. It proved to be one of our best trips this year.

On one occasion I fished a small stream that a friend of mine had once told me held large cutties that would hit a mouse pattern during the day. His stories proved to be true.

This year was a landmark year for my son. On one trip to Wyoming he caught his first fish on a fly that he tied himself. A stringy black and orange bugger with a white wing. It was the first cast of the day, and the only fish he caught that trip. I was one proud daddy. Not bad for a 5 year old!

It was a summer of doubles as well. During one two week period I hooked five doubles. Only two were landed since the other three had very large fish attached to at least one of my flies. Believe it or not, double are not that uncommon while french nymphing.


I only fished a few mountain lakes this past year. Some of the most beautiful fish are often found in remote alpine lakes. This beautiful bonneville cutt is living proof of that.

I bought a new macro lens last year, and this summer was the first time I got to practice shooting aquatic inverts. I was pleased with the way some of them turned out.

As always, I happened into a few bass along the way. Each year I venture out after these creatures more and more. They are a blast on a fly rod!

Derek and I were able to hit the Provo up a few times together. A nymphing paradise with every type of habitat a fish, or a fisherman, could hope to find.

As always, 90% of my fishing was done subsurface with flashy, heavily weighted flies. For most of the river’s I fish, I’m strongly convinced there is no better method for taking trout. I hope every fisherman feels this way about his preferred method of angling.

While deer hunting this year (technically fall, but I’m going to include it in this summer’s recap) I snuck up on a beautiful healthy black bear. This was one of my favorite highlights outside of fishing.

Although summer has past, great fishing has not. Fall is the season of streamers and although I haven’t gotten out near as much as I hoped (I never do :-) ) great fishing continues. Tight lines and FISH ON!

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