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.
The Tungsten Torpedo- has there ever been a better name for a tungsten beaded nymph made to sink quickly and get the job done?! Kevin Compton of Performance Flies created this nymph, and it has earned a spot in many fishermen’s boxes. Rightfully so, this fly is fast to tie, and catches fish like crazy. This quick video demonstrates how Fly Tying 123’s own Derek Kohler ties this fly, and the materials he uses.
We have been fishing this fly for a few years now and it is often the top producing fly of the day. In fact, in the middle of December, just this past weekend Kohler and I fished for a couple hours on a nice rainbow trout tailwater. Once again the Tungsten Torpedo yielded the most fish and produced some very nice rainbows.
Earlier this year we were fishing a small stream that has a multitude of nice fish, including browns, cutties, and rainbows. The Torpedo was one of the top producing nymphs that day as well, as it often is. This nymph fishes well year round regardless of the season. It is particularly deadly with euro nymphing, czech nymphing, and other competitive fly fishing methods.
About a year ago we found our preferred jig hook after doing extensive research on the available types of jig hooks on the market. We came to the conclusion that the Syndicate jig hook 400 BK is superior due to it’s unique design. This hook holds fish extremely well, and has proven to be very strong. We like it so much that we offer it here on Fly Tying 123 in size 14. We also have 7/64″ tungsten beads that match this hook perfectly. We hope to expand our sizes in the near future. You can buy the hooks and beads in our shop.