pros and cons of nymphing with a fly rod?

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by dragonslayer, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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  2. Rob Allen

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    fly rods are not designed to cast bobber and or split shot
     
  3. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    I believe some of them may be designed to deliver that type of rig, as are some fly lines, optimizing the users nymphing experience.
     
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    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    I agree Ed, especially those old silk lines.. Hundreds of years of research went into them to be able to throw a thingamabobber properly!
     
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    As long as it's legal fish however makes you happy.

    For me nyphing under and indicator is about as exciting as watching paint dry. I don't enjoy it. I know that in many (most) cases it is more effective if your goal is to catch more fish. I've been fishing for 45 years, the number of fish I catch, stopped being my primary goal in fishing a long time ago.

    Now I want to catch them, the way I want to catch them, and for Steelhead that's on the swing. It's hard, and I don't catch many, but that challenge is part of the addiction. When you do find that player, there's nothing better, than knowing you put the time in and have worked your ass off for that one fish. And I personally don't care if I could have caught 100 on gear while I was swinging for that one. That 1 means more to me than all those on gear would have meant.

    But that's me. If pulling plugs or chunking bait, or indicator fishing gives you that thrill, go for it. If you get that same rush I get with a tug on a swung fly, you won't need anyone to explain the pros.
     
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    - your writing and debating skills will improve as you use mental gymnastics to make a square peg fit in a round hole when trying to call side drifting beads "fly fishing" ;)

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  9. dragonslayer

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    Why are all of the spey dudes on here such drama queens?
     
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    jake-e-boy No mas

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    i'm a "spey dude" and i see nothing wrong with either tactic, do not think spey rods were originally designed for skagit heads and x amount of t14 but i still chuck and duck with my half chickens. tried nymphing once and it wasn't for me, now if i could get steelies to respond to streamers... that could get me to dust off my one handed 7 wt
     
  11. why do you feel the need to insult a whole genre of elitists?
     
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  12. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    That's an atlantic salmon.
     
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    NateTreat Banned or Parked

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    Using a gear rod and float fishing is going to be ten times more effective than indicator fishing with a fly rod. That's the truth. If you want to hook up three times as much, put some roe on that yarn, and smother is with scent :) If you want to make things harder on yourself, use your fly rod. If you want to troll, you're doing it right. If you want the ultimate satisfaction of a steelhead on the fly, put a chicken on the end and swing it. Like sopflyfisher said, you won't be able to charge as much for a guided trip, but it's worth it.
     

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    I do agree that well cured eggs will outfish most other lures. The fun is still there, but the challenge is long gone.
    I would much rather catch a steelhead on a fly. Bait fishing for steelhead is an old hat that i dont like to wear that much anymore.

    Somebody take me swing fishing! I will leave the roe and sandshrimp at home, ( can i still bring my favorite 50/50 spoon?)