Nymphing for Steelhead...why are folks against it?

#1
I haven't done much fishing for steelhead lately but I enjoy the posts on this forum when I can't get out. This year in particular I've noticed lots of comments that folks don't like "nymphers" for steelhead. I was curious why? From afar It seems like an elitist thing or is their another reason? I personally would rather catch any fish on a dry fly but am willing to switch techniques if the conditions merit it.
 
#2
It is because most fly fisherman look at "nymphers" as gear fisherman with a fly rod. plain and simple thats what it is, it is the same as a jig/float setup but it is with a fly reel and rod.
jed
 
#3
It's pretty much an elitest thing. Catching on the swing is a way more awesome experience, so some just feel that nymphing is either a waste of time, or so effective that it's "cheating."
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#6
Jroni,

I don't know that anyone is against it. I guess with my bias I would be opposed to claiming the same degree of accomplishment for a steelhead I took nymphing as for one taken swinging a floating line. But I'm not against it. In fact I've tried it. Just not long enough to have caught one doing so. The comment that it is more like bobber and jig fishing, only with a fly rod instead of a spinning rod, seems pretty accurate.

Sg
 

fishbadger

Active Member
#7
More people are against it this time of year than in. . .say. . .March. . .when they're Jones'in for a hookup and out comes da bobber!

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slim

Fish or Ski...Fish or ski....fish!
#9
I for one enjoy catching a steelie on the swing much more than on a nymph, however I enjoy "Catching" steelies more than not, so when in need I nymph. As for the comment of being similar to gear fishing, ya it is somewhat, but many times on the Ronde this year, I have followed unsuccessful gear guys through a run with a nymph and have caught fish. Is there a trick to successful nymphing, some guys say no way, but indeed there is.
 
#10
The bead is so effective this time of year and a lot of the rest of the year because it is the predominant hatch (they are matching the hatch) and also locked into the instinct/memory, as small as that is, of the trout/steelhead/whitefish. Lots of rivers fill up with spawning salmon. The float fishermen that use jigs tipped with shrimp/prawns/sandshrimp have now added the bead as a trailer, in fact several of the float guides are using a 2 bead setup with no jig and no bait. Although when I check their boats out they are full of smelly jelly. The reason flyfishing is so effective from the drift boats, is the guide, rowing 10' from the slot the exact speed the bobber is drifting and covering massive amounts of water and when a fish is found going back up through the hole several times. With only 10' of line to the bobber you can see every little touch on the bobber and get a decent hook set. When long lining a float or for that matter an indicator/nymph and bead it is much harder to see the little bobble and a lot harder to get a decent hook set.
Craig
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#11
Because it's morally wrong. Basically all people that nymph for steelhead are bad people, void of values and strong ethics. I've always believed that steelhead nymphers are the kind of people likely to be attracted to hysterical cults and such. Just saying.
 

Jergens

AKA Joe Willauer
#14
Because it's morally wrong. Basically all people that nymph for steelhead are bad people, void of values and strong ethics. I've always believed that steelhead nymphers are the kind of people likely to be attracted to hysterical cults and such. Just saying.
i knew i should have taken a picture when i saw you under the rayonier bridge on the sol duc with a bobber on your spey rod :rofl:
 

Panhandle

Active Member
#15
Joe, dead drifting with a pinned bead and thingamobber is not nymphing, its totally different and everyone knows I've never done that there or anywhere else. What you saw was something I had no control over--kinda of like when someone get's kidnapped and is forced to engage in unspeakly acts against there will. Speak no more of this......no more.