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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For this pattern, we are going to give credit where its due because this fly catches fish like crazy and one of our favorites. Anytime we get to new water, or just plain want to catch fish, we tie on this pattern. It’s easy to tie and very effective. Lance Egan came up with the pattern and Devin Olsen introduced it to us. I personally make sure I have plenty of these flies in my fly box at all times. Gilbert often drools at the site of my fly box when he opens it up to see LOTS of frenchies! Tie lots of these and experiment with some different colors of dubbing for the collar to suit your needs and find the most effective color for your own waters and please, let us know just how many fish you catch with this pattern. You will not be disappointed!!!
hook: scud hook size 14-18
bead: gold or copper tungsten
tail: coq de leon or your favorite tailing material
abdomen: natural pheasant tail
rib: copper wire size br
collar: hot pink ice dubbing, or your favorite dubbing of any color