There are certain times of year that you expect to receive guide trip inquiries from out of towners. For instance, around the fourth of July (give or take a week or two) the green drake hatch is in full swing on the middle Provo and any guide would expect to have a lot of interested potential clients knocking at ones door. Conversely, the middle of January is down right slow here in Utah with regards to guiding. It’s not that the fishing is bad because it isn’t. I’m confident its because most people who come to Utah when the ground is white and frozen are here to play in the “greatest snow on earth”. It makes sense. I think that’s why I was a little surprised when I was asked to take a couple fishermen out on a “Euro Nymphing” specific guide trip. I quickly became enthused at the idea of teaching my preferred technique to a couple of strangers from Nebraska.
If you are not familiar with Euro Nymphing, it is a tight line technique that puts you directly in touch with fish that eat your nymphs. I’m not going to go into specifics here, but it is hands down the most deadly nymphing technique I have found for most subsurface situations. For a great crash course in Euro Nymphing you can check out my buddies blog at The Tactical Fly Fisherman.
Derek and I were both open that day, so he came along to help out and spend some time on the river. Our two clients were both capable fisherman who quickly picked up on the technique.
Being that we were throwing to semi-lethargic trout in cold mountain water we switched up flies quite a bit to find the right combination that would produce the most fish. Turns out the Lickety Split (PMD), and the Prince Kohler out produced our other patterns. Click on these links for fly tying videos on these two great patterns.Both of these nymph patterns catch fish throughout the year. I highly recommend tying them up and trying them out. Odds are they will find a permanent home in your nymph box.
Despite fishing in the middle of the winter, we were able to pass along a valuable technique to our new friends, and hook into a handful of beautiful trout. I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon outdoors in the middle of January here in Utah. Maybe that’s because I don’t ski/snowboard? Either way, I wouldn’t trade a day to play in the frozen stuff when I have the flowing stuff to entertain me. Tight lines out there!