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

In my opinion, nymphing seems like a non-proper way to "fly-fish". Might as well bust out the fishing pole and bait. If you can't catch steelhead on a swing with a dry line, try a sink tip, if that doesn't work, say F*ck it and go home. You get more respect for catching steelhead the way it should be done. :) (btw, I'm new to this, so take everything I say with a grain of salt.)
"You get more respect for catching steelhead the way it should be done :)"
Is this supposed to be a joke? To me flyfishing isnt a spectator sport. It is solitary, and the only one that counts is yourself.
 
Having caught over 100 steelhead this fall using almost every conceivable method of flyfishing, I'd contend that method has no bearing on the size or fight of a fish. In fact, if anything I find that my bigger fish come nymphing. The bigger ones tend to sit tighter and require you to take the fly to them. I probably caught 10 fish on dries this year and most of them were hatchery and most of them were smaller. A couple of exceptions. I've noticed this in past years as well. The biggest fish I got this fall was on a nymph. Consequently at the time it was also the biggest one the fish checker had seen. I think it was 34" (ginormous for a Methow fish).
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Out of curiousity, what would you rather have, a 34 inch fish taking a swung fly or dry?
 
I was merely commenting on your arrogant post ............the one i quoted above.

"seems you should just go back to gear fishing"



As far as going fishing,............I do, all the time. This may be why I have been a member of this site for a while and have only 5 posts. Seems like reel fly fisherman don't have to tout themselves on internet forums, too busy catching fish. I knew however that one of these days I would get sucked into a debate, so here I am.
Even if you have just fly fished a couple of days I dont understand why anyone else has to be involved? You go out, enjoy the river and nature (hopefully), hopefully enjoy fly casting (and maybe even catching fish), why brag?
 
"Look Pedro I don't know how you folks do things down in Juarez, but when you tie a fly that resembles Summer Wheatly and nymph fish it for Steelhead its a disgrace to you, me and the entire Gem State."

iagree
If someone wants to buy a $800 hardy SPEY ROD, a $500 Hardy reel, and use a hook with a earth worm on it with a dropper with a hook with a salmon egg (and bait fishing is legal on the water) why should it matter to anyone? If the person has fun and enjoys themself, what is it to others?
 
If someone wants to buy a $800 hardy SPEY ROD, a $500 Hardy reel, and use a hook with a earth worm on it with a dropper with a hook with a salmon egg (and bait fishing is legal on the water) why should it matter to anyone? If the person has fun and enjoys themself, what is it to others?
I'd probably give him more crap for buying a Hardy spey rod :rofl:
 
PT, when I fished the GL's streams (used to all the time when i was married to my exwife) very few used splitshot. Most used slinkies on thier lines. Really brought that sucker down.
Excuse my ignorance, but isnt a slinky splitshot encased in some kind of material (like a bag of split shot, but not round). Big with gear people, and advantageous over regular split shot because it didnt get stuck on the bottom as much.
 
Obviously bait fishing............you bait fisher you.:rofl:

I think the answer to that is "who gives a sh*t"

Or we could start bashing on bait fisherman............the choice is yours. :ray1:

Just kidding of course, please don't send me a message stating how upset you are with my conduct on this site.:beathead:

This thread is still alive.............amazing, after all the sensitivity bawling:
I find gear fisherman worse. I could care less what one is using, it just seems more likely that if I am fishing a hole, and someone walks up (actually wades up), tosses their line right over mine, and snags me, it will be a gearhead.
 
Out of curiousity, what would you rather have, a 34 inch fish taking a swung fly or dry?
Dry fly.... Getting that smash on the swing is a lot of fun, but nothing stops the heart like watching one come up to the surface to grab it. Also, when they come up to grab it they are already on the move, so you usually have your hands full the minute you get the hook in them. Even with a swung fly, you sometimes just put it in front of their face and they just grab it and sit there for a minute before deciding they're hooked. Your line just kind of stops. The only time that happens with a dry fly is in shallow water where they just have to stick their nose up to grab it. They usually turn on a skated fly pretty good.
 

KerryS

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I find gear fisherman worse. I could care less what one is using, it just seems more likely that if I am fishing a hole, and someone walks up (actually wades up), tosses their line right over mine, and snags me, it will be a gearhead.
You should try fishing with sleds around:cool:................................they don't just snag your line but will jerk your pole right out of your hands..............................:eek:
 
I just want to be apart of this record breaker so I can tell my kids that I was in the 30 page rant of flyfisherman trying to label other flyfisherman as gear fishers. My horse is not so high
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
After swingers, nymphos and now Richard Simmons, can I ask a more serious question? Where can one get quality comparative instruction so as to decide if I wish to be a swing only, nymph only or talented angler who has the adaptability to fish any part of any run? I think if there was a way to be able to fish any and all water be it on the swing, nymphing or skating dries that I'd like to some day be that guy. Lengthy detailed descriptions on your favorite methodology and how you would instruct someone in that methodology via an articulate response here or PM would be appreciated. (Sorry to my swinging friends, that is how I fish for it is all I know at this point, and I barely know that...I'm intersted in all sides, even if they are dark.) Back on track? I don't know nymphing, but I think I'd like too.
 
After swingers, nymphos and now Richard Simmons, can I ask a more serious question? Where can one get quality comparative instruction so as to decide if I wish to be a swing only, nymph only or talented angler who has the adaptability to fish any part of any run? I think if there was a way to be able to fish any and all water be it on the swing, nymphing or skating dries that I'd like to some day be that guy. Lengthy detailed descriptions on your favorite methodology and how you would instruct someone in that methodology via an articulate response here or PM would be appreciated. (Sorry to my swinging friends, that is how I fish for it is all I know at this point, and I barely know that...I'm intersted in all sides, even if they are dark.) Back on track? I don't know nymphing, but I think I'd like too.
Oh geeeez, Mumbles, now yer gettin' all serious on us and tryin' to take all the fun out of this thread........actually, the fun kinda left shortly after it started, didn't it?

I can't believe I came back to check how much farther it'd gone in four days.....not bad, only 2 more pages....it's dyin', keep the faith, it's dyin', it's dyin'!!!

Jc