Question...is Euro nymphing actually fly fishing?

LilCutts

fish & whistle
WFF Supporter
I've heard arguments on both sides from guides and anglers on the east and west coasts. Some think it is, some think it isn't. Seems like a matter of opinion and where you draw the line on the definition of fly fishing. Thoughts?
 

longputt

Active Member
Absolutely by the IGFA definition...but really? In fact there is a finely detailed definition. We used to use split shot and streamers to catch "dollies" with a spool of only mono on our fly rods...we did not call it fly fishing...we called efficient...dollies taste great.

This is a great topic...the IGFA has changed recently to allow 2 flies and bobbers...but still no trolling.
 

longputt

Active Member
This topic is so funny to me. I think people overthink this stuff. I don’t do it much because it’s not my favorite way to fish, but at the end of the day we are all using a pole/rod/whatever to stick something in the water and I think we should just call it fishing.
I agree except.....The only issue I have is when we have "fly-fishing-only" regulations and we "superior" fly fisherman exclude others and then don't fly-fish...seems wrong to me. Just elitist nonsense.

I was in NZ recently and it was made clear in a fly fishing only lake that there would be no trolling, floating lines only, no weight and one fly.
 

LilCutts

fish & whistle
WFF Supporter
I agree except.....The only issue I have is when we have "fly-fishing-only" regulations and we "superior" fly fisherman exclude others and then don't fly-fish...seems wrong to me. Just elitist nonsense.

I was in NZ recently and it was made clear in a fly fishing only lake that there would be no trolling, floating lines only, no weight and one fly.

You probably won't like Oregon either.
 

jaredoconnor

WFF Supporter
Is nymphing, with a bobber and split shot, fly fishing? Most would say that it is, without hesitation. However, it is arguable that it is further away from "real" fly fishing than euro nymphing. The same could be said for throwing 5" streamers, in the salt.

None of this matters. Do what you enjoy.
 

Evan Burck

Fudge Dragon
So why do we get special access to lakes and rivers for fly-fishermen...who don't actually fly-fish?
I don't have the answer to your question. If I fished in any of those places, I'd abide by the regulations to fish there. I also do a whole lot of what the purists here would consider fly fishing. I just don't bother with semantics. I like fishing. I put little to no thought in to what I call what I'm doing.
 

longputt

Active Member
I don't have the answer to your question. If I fished in any of those places, I'd abide by the regulations to fish there. I also do a whole lot of what the purists here would consider fly fishing. I just don't bother with semantics. I like fishing. I put little to no thought in to what I call what I'm doing.
I do also, but I get a little frustrated by pompous fly-fisherman...I'm old school...fishing used to be a hunter/gather activity and now it's become recreation so do whatever you want to enjoy it but don't exclude others...just my opinion.
 

Nick Clayton

WFF Supporter
It's all just "fishing" to me. Makes life much easier.


Ya, I don't see the need to get all complicated.

To me, if I'm fishing with a fly rod and a fly, I'm fly fishing.

If I'm using other stuff, I'm gear fishing.

I dont really care what anyone else thinks.

Fishing is fun. I like all types of fishing, although some more than others. Well, except tenkara....that shit is dumb ;)
 
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