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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-05-2019, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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I've been nymphing a little bit lately. And while I understand its effectiveness, and its necessity in certain water types, boy has it confirmed how much more fun swinging is...even when I don't catch fish...
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-05-2019, 09:47 AM
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Ya got that right! And with a bobber on there are you really even “fly fishing” anymore? For me if I’d want to float fish I’d just use a rod and reel designed for this. But then again you can’t call yourself a cool fly fisher bro........tuff life choices one must make.
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I supposed I could see the appeal of contact, or tight line, nymphing approaches but yeah I completely agree. Also the nymphing options on the coastal rivers I fish most often are limited to beads and egg patterns and I ain’t into that.

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Years ago, when I was very little, I said to my mother, Mom, I'm bored.

The ever patient mother of seven looked down and said, Well, that's your fault.

It took me a moment, then I realized she was right. I've never been bored again.

I don't nymph.
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Watching a bobber all day is boring to me, I'd much rather be swinging a fly. That being said, I do have an indicator rig, and a centerpin for those few rare days during the dead of winter when I just want to fight a fish.

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Watching a bobber all day is boring to me, I'd much rather be swinging a fly. That being said, I do have an indicator rig, and a centerpin for those few rare days during the dead of winter when I just want to fight a fish.

There is a well know Steven Wright joke that goes “you know that feeling where you lean back in your chair too far, and you almost fall, but catch yourself at the last moment? I feel like that ALL THE TIME!” That’s nymph fishing! Heaven forbid you should take your eyes of the little dot for even a second and miss that instantaneous take that you must respond to. Swinging in many cases rewards you for a bit of hesitation, or slackness of focus.

I have found it fun breaking out the nymph rig for an hour, but doing it all day, and only that, sucks out about %90 of the reason I enjoy swinging, and fly fishing In general, not to mention being outdoors in a beautiful environment So it’s not at all about some kind of weird elitism - I‘m well aware that while nymphing is easy to get into, but is very hard to master. It’s more like it requires too much sacrifice of the overall experience for my tastes. Plus while I’d like to catch fish if possible, not at all costs - and I don’t give a damn about numbers. I’d rather catch lots of great experiences than lots of fish.
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Specific to trout. Well, I prefer the swing and 90%+ of the time on the river I am swinging a 2 Handed Rod. But my wife in the river prefers nymphing for trout until the trout rise, which she then changes to a dry-fly. So the world is composed of many.

I have nymph for trout, smallmouth bass and steelhead. I have also CP for trout and steelhead, and I am thankful for learning new techniques et cetera, but my focus for fishing is in order of preference ...
* Swinging for steelhead (winter and late fall is too cold for my wife)
* Swinging for trout
* Bonefishing

Our local water is smallmouth bass and pike, with a diverse layout of rivers, rapids, waterfalls and lakes. This gives me the opportunity to adapt and change, and the ability to be on the water 15 minutes after I leave the house or work.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-15-2019, 10:53 AM
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When I was a dedicated trout fisherman, I mostly used nymphs because the trout I fished for tended to focus on nymphs when feeding. I gave up on indicators due to the horrendous messes they created when missing strikes and took up fishing 12 pound mono as my line, a couple (or more) 3/0 weights between my main line and tippet, and slinging the weighted rig, not really fly casting at all. I caught a lot of fish. I find the bottom-ticking drift much more fun and more effective (better drag-free drifts) than staring at a bobber. Today, my reel filled with mono is still at the bottom of my gear bag as I too prefer to swing - for steelhead. When truly out trout fishing where other flyfishers won't shame me, you might just see my rod lined with mono - and with a deep bend in it. I see nymph fishing as a bit like condom wearing - sex is more fun without it, but you better have it, just in case.
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If you really want to dead drift nymphs for steelhead there is a chapter in Bill McMillans, Dry-line Steelhead, describing how he did it to hook a large percentage of his steelhead on a fly. If you can't find a copy, I might let mine go for the right price...

I've also heard many steelheaders that after many fishless days/hours turned to nymphing for trout. Then they promptly hooked a steelhead.
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