Posts Tagged ‘fly tying nymphs’

New Video: The Evolution of Nymphing

We have all experienced advancements in our fly fishing game. For me the biggest eye opener was introduced to me nearly nine years ago by my good friend Devin Olsen. From the first time I watched him apply European techniques I knew I needed to get in on this action. Thus began my own personnel progression toward catching more fish.

This morning I launched a short video that highlights Lance Egan and Devin’s own discovery of the effectiveness of European nymphing techniques. It is a fun story with some pleasing footage.

As we’ve launched our instructional video Modern Nymphing – European Inspired Techniques. It has been very rewarding to hear all the positive feedback from those who have purchased it. I’m confident it has the information necessary to help further most anyone’s ever evolving fly fishing skill set. This clip is actually the intro to the film. Just one more reason to purchase the film.

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As I have found in my journey of learning and applying these techniques, there truly isn’t a better way to effectively catch fish on rivers and streams in most situations. If it’s fish you want to catch, then this video is for you.

Modern Nymphing – European Inspired Techniques – Instructional Video

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For the past eight months, Devin Olsen , Lance Egan, and I have been working together to create the most innovative and captivating how-to instructional video on nymph fishing. The full video will be ready to launch here very soon. It’s been an extremely busy 8 months, but we’re getting soooo close and ready to launch our first trailer.

A little insight on the project, we’ve filmed Spring, Summer, and Fall. Visited three states and seven unique stretches of water. Devin and Lance have demonstrated their skills over and over so that we could capture the best footage possible to help others learn to catch more fish.

Filming on the River

If you don’t know Lance and Devin, they are both members of Fly Fishing Team USA. Their competitive experiences have driven them to seek out and find what are truly the best techniques for catching the most trout possible. With more that 20 collective years of experience between them discovering, mastering, and innovating they have fine-tuned the most effective technique on the planet.

Devin Teaching Euro Nymphing

Lance Egan Teaching Euro Nymphing

How about me, where do I fit into the picture? Well, any filmmaker can make a how-to video about fly fishing. However, for the past 8 years I have already been learning from Devin and Lance all about Euro Nymphing. I have been guiding with this technique for more than 6 years now as well. Needless to say, I love the ability this technique grants when used properly on rivers and streams. I was a fly angler long before a filmmaker, and it is hands down the most effective method I’ve ever fished. I tried to use my experience with Euro nymphing to make sure and capture the best angles and shots needed to effectively teach this method. My goal was to also make the project as visually appealing as it is instructional.

Filming on the River

The three of us combined has made for a very rewarding experience that I think will benefit many. We brought on my filmmaking friend Dominic Bohne to aid in this endeavor during some of the shoots and his experience proved to be invaluable. We were also blessed to have the Cortland Line Company behind us helping to make this project happen. All said and done we are all very pleased with the quality of the project, and are confident it will help all those who immerse themselves in it. Digital downloads and DVD’s will be available very soon. Keep an eye out, we’re likely to give a kickoff discount for all of our friends and social media followers.

Modern Nymphing DVD Cover

FISH ON FRIENDS!

Gil

Iron Lotus (PMD) – Fly Tying Video

Another super effective Lance Egan fly pattern that catches fish like crazy!

Iron Lotus Fly Tying

PMD nymphs become very active in rivers and streams during most of the summer and early fall. Trout fill themselves on these critters day after day which makes the PMD Iron Lotus nymph such a valuable nymph fly pattern. A few years back Lance told me of the unique design of this fly which includes its thread body covered in a hard clear finish. This helps the fly sink at a quicker rate because of its streamline design and lack of appendages. It is tied with lead wire and a tungsten bead which also helps the sink rate and its ability to stay down in the water column once it gets there. That is partially why it is one of the most effective Czech Nymphing flies. Another advantage is the durability of this fly as it holds up very well to the pointed teeth of trout. I have quickly become a huge fan of this fly since it continues to catch fish after fish.

Iron Lotus BWO Variation Fly Tying Instructions

The BWO variation is also deadly and fairly simple to tie as well.

PMD Recipe:
Hook: Dai- Riki 135 (sizes 14-18)
Bead: Gold Tungsten to match hook size
Tail: Coq de Leon Medium or Dark Pardo
Abdomen: UTC Rusty-brown 140 denier
Rib: UNI Thread 6/0 Yellow 
Glue for abdomen: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails (Clear) or Loon’s Hard Head Clear (2 coats)
Wingcase: Black Thinskin
Thorax: Mercer’s Crystal Buggy Nymph PMD Dubbing
 
BWO Recipe:
Hook: Dai- Riki 135 (sizes 14-18)
Bead: Gold Tungsten to match hook size
Tail: Coq de Leon Medium or Dark Pardo
Abdomen: UTC Brown Olive 140 denier
Rib: UNI Thread 6/0 White 
Glue for abdomen: Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails (Clear) or Loon’s Hard Head Clear (2 coats)
Wingcase: Black Thinskin
Thorax: Jan Siman Peacock Black (or any other dark flashy dubbing that you like)
Collar: UTC Red 70 Denier
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New addition to the Fly Tying 123 store – gold and silver countersunk tungsten beads. Tungsten beads add a significant amount of weight to help get your flies down to the fish faster, and to keep your flies in the fish’s feeding zone longer. They are critical for Euro Nymphing, and can improve your catch rate almost instantly. That is the experience that we’ve had with tungsten, and we are confident you will too.

Gold Tungsten Beads Fly TyingSilver Tungsten Beads Fly Tying

If you already are familiar with tungsten beads you will notice that our prices are cheaper than most, and with the $1 shipping we offer it’s hard to beat.

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