pros and cons of nymphing with a fly rod?

#1
I've been a spinning rod guy in the past and I just started indicator fishing with a switch rod. What are the pros and cons of each discipline? For example how is nymphing with a fly rod more effective than using spinning gear and vise versa? (for this debate lets just say that I am offering a similar presentation with each.) Thanks
 

Adrian

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#3
You may or may not get an answer to your question, however the comments will certainly be pretentious.

My take, nymphing is the same as spin fishing with a bobber. Using a fly rod is more technical as you must manage your line and be able to cast. With a higher degree of technicality, many fly fishers find greater satisfaction. Additional satisfaction may be found in tying your own flies vs buying a jig off the shelf.

Personally, I fish all different methods and find satisfaction in all. Right now, I find the most satisfaction with fly fishing...however some will say nymphing isn't fly fishing.

Sooo, use the method that yields the greatest satisfaction. Results will always vary.
 

Peyton00

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#4
What are your target fish? Are you in stillwater only? boat or bank?

You are asking for alot, without giving much?

It may also be tough to get fly guys to answer questions about using spinning gear for fly fishing.
 
#6
I'm targeting steelhead from the bank on medium to smaller sized rivers. I'm mostly using thingamabobbers and maybe a split shot or two.

I'm really just curious and just trying to wrap my head around a new discipline. Adrian thank you for your response!
 

Peyton00

Active Member
#9
It really comes down to what you like to do to enjoy YOUR fishing experience. If you have decent quality gear, and have a clue about fishing, you can get both far enough away from your feet and into the holding water.
You are going to get subjective answers, objectively the intentions of the gear are the same.... (they both get the job done).
 

Peyton00

Active Member
#10
Not to add fuel to the fire.....
My first time indicator fishing in the river, i thought this isn't as easy as i pictured.
I also was thinking i could cast these weighted flies and splitshot alot easier with my spinning reel and mending the braided line would be easy too, then i can just reel the line in and not strip it back to me in a basket and/or hang it in the water while i work it back out into the drift. I could just reel it in, and let it fly, mend and repeat.
Spinning is a much simpler method, but i tend to like the challenge of using my fly gear for many different attempts at catching.
 

Adrian

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#11
Bottomline, if you want to be more efficient use gear. It eliminates lots of variables that fly fishing presents.

I moved quickly from spinning, to bait casting and finally to fly fishing. I recently bought a 2-hander. I set goals, last summer it was salmon on a fly rod, this winter it was steelhead on a fly rod and next it is steelhead on a 2-hander.

Each situation is best served with a specific tool. However, many things in life are more satisfying when they are harder. Woodworkers who refuse powertools, mountain climbers who don't use oxygen and marathon runners who want to complete the Ironman.

If you are fishing medium to small rivers, a 13' 8wt spey isn't the right tool. However some people will tell you the only, most respected way to catch steelhead is on the swing with a 2-hander. But wait, others will say sinking lines are BS and the only pure way is catching steelhead on a dry fly.

To directly answer your question, I personally wouldn't call nymphing more effective. You WILL miss opportunities to hook a fish while messing with your line. That is until you get it dialed in.

I won't catch as many fish with my 2-hander, but I will be much more satisfied with the fish I catch. I am guessing that is why you picked up a switch rod.
 
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Evan Virnoche

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#13
I've been a spinning rod guy in the past and I just started indicator fishing with a switch rod. What are the pros and cons of each discipline? For example how is nymphing with a fly rod more effective than using spinning gear and vise versa? (for this debate lets just say that I am offering a similar presentation with each.) Thanks
why would you waste your time writing this?
 

Adrian

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#15
As I said, comments will be pretentious. On a recent fishing trip with accomplished and skilled fly fisherman I was horrified when I learned one of them couldn't cast a baitcaster. I mean, who the hell doesn't know how to use a baitcaster yet regards themselves as a good fisherman?

Needless to say, I'm not calling anyone out for being pretentious cause sure as shit, I am!