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

I don't know what your point is... all I know is I think fly-fishing is all about quality vs. quantity. If you want to use non traditional fly-fishing techniques, it seems you should just go back to gear fishing. *shrug*... whatever. Fish on! :thumb:
Lisa, I can't find the posts right now, so I'm not 100% sure, but I think I remember you posting a few times about going out and enjoying some pink fishing this year. I see nothing wrong with that, in fact fishing for pinks mighta been the most fun I had this year, however I feel like during the pink season I heard a lot of negative comments made about pink fishing that parallel the nymph discussion, the biggest of which comes down to quality vs quantity. I dont really feel the need to defend my fishing for pinks, I had a blast doing that, just as I enjoy fishin for steelhead with nymphs at times, regardless of whether other people look down upon my actions.
So, what would you say if someone told you they preferred quality (steelhead or coho) over quantity (pinks), and that if you were gonna focus on pinks you might as well just go stand on the pier at Dash Point with an uglystick and some 50 lb test?

-I realize the comparison is not perfect, but thought it was worth bringing up anyway.
 
I think that anyone that smokes salmon quantity is better than quality, pinks that is, I would rate Steelies first, Silvers second, Kings third. Dogs forth and the lowly Pink the last of the pack but then like me I love smoked fish. OK I kept it going
 

Trent

Ugly member
I think that anyone that smokes salmon quantity is better than quality, pinks that is, I would rate Steelies first, Silvers second, Kings third. Dogs forth and the lowly Pink the last of the pack but then like me I love smoked fish. OK I kept it going
I haven't tried it yet, but I've heard that whitefish is pretty good smoked. I think I'll try it this year, when it opens in December.
 

xdog

Active Member
Whats more wrong?
Nymphing with a bobber or swinging with a 6 inch long scented bubblegum worm for Steelhead?
I cant decide although I am sure either are better than snagging.

iagree
 

LisaMfly

"Swing Flies, Be Happy."- Write 2 Fly-Fish
Lisa, I can't find the posts right now, so I'm not 100% sure, but I think I remember you posting a few times about going out and enjoying some pink fishing this year. I see nothing wrong with that, in fact fishing for pinks mighta been the most fun I had this year, however I feel like during the pink season I heard a lot of negative comments made about pink fishing that parallel the nymph discussion, the biggest of which comes down to quality vs quantity. I dont really feel the need to defend my fishing for pinks, I had a blast doing that, just as I enjoy fishin for steelhead with nymphs at times, regardless of whether other people look down upon my actions.
So, what would you say if someone told you they preferred quality (steelhead or coho) over quantity (pinks), and that if you were gonna focus on pinks you might as well just go stand on the pier at Dash Point with an uglystick and some 50 lb test?

-I realize the comparison is not perfect, but thought it was worth bringing up anyway.
Yeah I guess when I said quality vs. quantity I was referring to steelhead. But then again getting 1 in a day is great for some, but with pinks, I fished for them for days and days while everyone around me was catching them, and I didn't get one. So when I had that 20+ day with Yellowlab, we were lucky. We both know it was an epic day. Fly-fishing is a beautiful sport, no matter what you're fishing for. I said "go back to gear" , because if you are looking for the easier way to catch fish, it seems that that is the way to go. It was a simple statement of opinion, but I guess for some it's taken a bit more personally.

I appreciate your argument though- especially since it was brought up in a respectful manner. :)
 

LisaMfly

"Swing Flies, Be Happy."- Write 2 Fly-Fish
I've been fly fishing for close to 15yrs. I've made my own traditions that give me my quality vs quantity satisfaction.

I love swinging, but it isn't the most effective method everywhere i fish. Plus, I have extreme ADD, and can't fish all day with the step/swing method. I need something to switch things up once in a while to keep my head in the game.
I can agree with your point here. As I said before, I'm new to this sport, so I have much to learn. I threw out my opinion, before I realized there were definitely times I was irritated out on the river. Swinging flies for 2 full days and no fish...frustrating, but then again I've only been fly-fishing since July.

And I have ADD too Evan....Big gulps huh? Welp see you later!
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I said "go back to gear" , because if you are looking for the easier way to catch fish, it seems that that is the way to go.
Have you spent much time nymphing for steelhead? How many steelhead have you caught nymphing. The thing that gets to me about this perpetual debate is swingers who have never even touched a nymph rod claiming that it is easy. People new to nymphing for steelhead are likely to be just as frustrated as they would be swinging.

Lisa, I think you should form your own opinions rather than stick to what you have been taught by those getting you into the sport.

The way i see it, if you are nymphing or swinging, as long as your following stream etiquette and move through runs that people are trying to swing or nymph through, then its all good.
 

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