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    Default Letís talk nymphing.

    Mainly because Iím trying to learn it! Hereís my deal, I prefer the smaller mountain streams, but my fishing buddy doesnít. He has taken me under his wing to try to teach me to fly fish...primarily using weighted nymphs. He prefers the larger, tailwater rivers, such as the Clinch and the Hiwassee. I canít detect strikes! Iíve tried fishing a shorter, tighter line. Iíve also tried using an indicator. Iíve caught several fish, but I had no idea that they had hit. I almost feel that I caught the trout accidentally! Iíve watched him, and tried to copy him. He does not use an indicator, but has no problem feeling the strike. What am I missing?
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    I'm not much of a trout guy, but I've done enough to know strike detection can be tough. A lot of the "Euro nymphing" guys use "sighters" (bright-colored mono with many tiny coils that look like a spring.) I think the George Daniels book that 8fishermen mentioned would be a good investment to learn the very latest methods. At least you have a mentor.
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    This guy has some good videos on nymphing:

    Duane Redford
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    ... and a good book:

    https://www.amazon.com/Fly-Fishers-P...=Duane+Redford





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    Quote Originally Posted by deathb4disco View Post
    This guy has some good videos on nymphing:

    Duane Redford
    - YouTube




    ... and a good book:

    https://www.amazon.com/Fly-Fishers-P...=Duane+Redford

    Thanks for the info! This is something that I’m going to learn, if it takes the rest of my life!



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    I cant help much,

    But the vids Ive watched from "lively legs", were mostly nymphing and often showed how they fished them, including strikes and what to watch for.

    If your fly is drifting, and a fish takes it, you will have drag on your line which should show as a raise in the line. I would guess too much slack in your line, but you already said you've tried fishing a tighter line.

    Search youtube for lively legs. Ive enjoyed their vids, they have some pretty helpful small stream stuff.
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    I’m contemplating a 10’ or longer 3 weight rod designed for nymphing. However, I first have to justify cost vs time available for fly fishing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ET Fish View Post
    I first have to justify cost vs time available for fly fishing.
    I don't understand that logic



    But yea, the 9-10'ers in 2,3wt's are not a real common occurrence with the cheaper rods it seems.


    I would think a 10' would help- but not be a game changing difference. Drifting a little closer to where your standing, or holding your arm way up should get similar results I'd think.


    I'll be in the same boat I'm sure, using a 8'6" here. Hoping to find out soon, been building up my nymph collection until we can plan a few days to head back to WV.

    On a side note, I bought a bunch of materials from lively legs after watching those vids on nymphing. The little rubber legs are awesome, makes tying sweet looking nymphs easy, and they don't feel as delicate as all the other stuff I've tied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ET Fish View Post
    Iím contemplating a 10í or longer 3 weight rod designed for nymphing.
    I just picked up an Orvis Clearwater 10' 3wt today. Threw it around a bit in the yard tonight, love the feel. Should be a good one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by binfordw View Post
    I just picked up an Orvis Clearwater 10' 3wt today. Threw it around a bit in the yard tonight, love the feel. Should be a good one!
    I’ve had my eye on that very rod!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ET Fish View Post
    I’ve had my eye on that very rod!
    Have you seen the Cortland Competition Rod? It’s more expensive than the Orvis, but I understand it’s very popular with the competition fly guys.

    Cortland Competition Rod - European Style Nymphing – Cortland Line North America



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