Today, I tried to wean myself off the bobber.....

castsN2trees

Active Member
I’ve been wanting to learn to nymph without a bobber for some time.... but was hesitant because.... bobber fishing is pretty easy...and works pretty good..,

If you never tried nymphing without the indicator, it takes a little getting used to....but after 5 or 6 hrs, one unrecovered snag, and 16 fish, I noticed (2) things I really liked...

(1) I seemed to hook up better when fishing straight line as opposed to the indicator...

(2) Once you get the hang of it, it’s actually a lot easier fishing varying depths than constantly adjusting an indicator...
 

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Steve Saville

WFF Supporter
Yes. I have been exploring Euro nymphing for some time now and have just gotten a rod to accomplish the type fishing. I have never been much on nymph fishing but then, most of us like the visual of dry fly fishing. That is still my favorite but the bugs don't always come off when I'm there so the nymph route seems to be the way to go. I bought a nymph "extension" line to tag on to my floating line so when I am seeing no hatches, I can tag that on, change leaders and flies, and be ready to nymph fish in a matter of minutes. I haven't tried it yet but will pretty quickly.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
Geez, I started with what is now called "Euro Nymphing"... but we simply called it dead drift nymph fishing. Then someone came up with the idea of using a corkie... now called an indicator... and I do use indicators when midge emerger fishing on stillwaters. For rivers, I go back to basic dead drift nymphing with no indicator.

I honestly believe in "whatever works for you". If using an indicator works for you, use it. Why on earth would you want to change?
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
Yeah, but don’t you have to think about what you’re doing?... and pay attention???
Sounds like work.
 

Steve Saville

WFF Supporter
I imagine it's just a challenge to try something new. It's like the recent interest in trout spey fishing. The loss of most steelhead availability has folks scrambling to find something to fill the void. I don't steelhead fish much any more but I like the two handed rods so I've stepped down to lighter rods suitable for trout fishing and get the same enjoyment when I hook up. I use a 10'10" 2/3 switch rod for trout. Even the small ones give me a thrill before I release them.
 

Brian Miller

Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout
WFF Supporter
Congrats to the OP. Nice fish!

Tenkara is similar to (Euro) "tactical nymphing". Brightly colored (orange, chartreuse, hot pink, yellow) ~0X - 3X fluorocarbon lines are popular. I use a 3 color 0X Orvis tactical sighter at the end of an orange 7 to 17 ft line. One difference is a Tenkara angler will fish dry/wet, or weighted nymphs using the tight vertical line presentation.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
Yeah, but don’t you have to think about what you’re doing?... and pay attention???
Sounds like work.

Yes. The key is to keep the line between the rod tip and the pattern (s) as short as possible. Then you can see any hesitation. Plus, I like to lift and drop the rod tip (if possible) during the drift so if I feel any hesitation, I set the hook.

I learned how to dead drift nymph fish on The Metolius and really, it was the most effective technique for fishing the river. Those who try nothing but dry flies on the Met usually do not fair all that well.
 

Rob Allen

Active Member
Geez, I started with what is now called "Euro Nymphing"... but we simply called it dead drift nymph fishing. Then someone came up with the idea of using a corkie... now called an indicator... and I do use indicators when midge emerger fishing on stillwaters. For rivers, I go back to basic dead drift nymphing with no indicator.

I honestly believe in "whatever works for you". If using an indicator works for you, use it. Why on earth would you want to change?


You dont understand Gene. Someone needs to make money off it now. It's hard to make money on old techniques. You have to reinvent them then re-brand it as something new..
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
You dont understand Gene. Someone needs to make money off it now. It's hard to make money on old techniques. You have to reinvent them then re-brand it as something new..

Damn! I forgot that part! :) (I published an illustrated article in regards to dead drift nymph fishing in the 80s... yet I figured it had been around a long time before that.)
 
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Brian Miller

Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout
WFF Supporter
Damn! I forgot that part! :) (I published an illustrated article in regards to dead drift nymph fishing in the 80s... yet I figured it had been around a long time before that.)
Yup, someone beat you to it

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