Drew C.

Euro style nymphing

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I tied a few smaller but heavier flies last night. I’m still in the process of building a decent box so I ‘need’ lots of stuff right now so I can’t really concentrate on one type. 
 

im hoping to get out of work early tomorrow. If I can I will hit the Farmington and give it another shot. 

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1 hour ago, titleguy said:

As for tying your dropper onto the bend of the point fly- that defeats the purpose of the set up.  Your point fly is your anchor fly and the dropper runs above it ( at least the way I have been instructed)  If you keep the tag short on your blood knot, it does not tangle as much. 

If it works, it works. Like I said, keeping everything inline that way has increased my hits and hookups....by a lot. I was in the same boat as you, thinking it defeats the purpose....until i was being out fished standing side by side with my buddy using the exact same flies. 

 

What i noticed is that the terminal nymph swings under the dropper/heavy nymph when they pass in front of you by that time both nymphs are on the bottom.  

 

I was tying a bloodknot with 6" tail and still getting twists around the main tippet, plus i wasnt hooking up as much. By having the heavy nymph on top and as an attractor the terminal nymph is what's catching for me. 

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There you go.  Interesting as that is my usual set up for indicator nymphing ( which I literally no longer do).  If I leave the tag too long, I get twists as well and the squirminator is like a friggin eel anyway.

 

I use super heavy anchor fly and lighter on the dropper fly above.  I like to feel my anchor bottom bouncing.   A lot of my winter rivers tend to be somewhat industrial in nature and have lots of crap on the bottom ( wood, rebar, etc.) so I still lose flies.  I got into the zone a few times last year on the West Branch of the Penobscot where I hit the drift almost every time and hooked up nearly every drift.  It was great.  an 18" landlock in heavy water on that 3 wt noodle is quite the fight.

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On 3/26/2020 at 6:34 AM, titleguy said:

...an 18" landlock in heavy water on that 3 wt noodle is quite the fight.

Another benefit of Euro nymphing. Even 10 inchers feel large.  I hooked one large trout that I cold not control with my 3wt...it keeps growing. Now, it was over 5lbs (even though I never saw it). *G*

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