Advanced Nymphing Techniques with George Daniel

dynamic nymphing
i recently purchased George’s book and after reading a few pages and several “woW ! this is really good, no, GREAT stuff !”, i did a quick video search and came up with these three gems to share here because frankly, even though there might be a whole lot of books and videos on fly fishing techniques it’s not very often to find one that doesn’t seem to be someone else’s rehashed methods or basically that can help us add to our game and improve our fishing capabilities in any coherent manner.
as you might have guessed, this book does the exact opposite and delivers and delivers a lot. highly recommended for any river angler that isn’t one of those sticky dry-fly purists, this one’s not to miss.
until you do (and you should!), here’s about 45 minutes worth of nymphing specific lectures that George does all around the USA to wet your nymphing appetites. the book obviously has all the missing parts of the bigger picture. enjoy !

click the book image above to purchase George’s book. you can also find it on Amazon in paper and Kindle formats.

Barrio Micro Nymph Fly Lines

something new, something very different, something exciting  !

by the description below we’ll see that this is indeed a specialty line not only because of its super-thin diameter but also that it is a parallel line with no taper. (that last part isn’t mentioned)
at first this might raise a few eyebrows but consider that when tight-line nymphing*, because of its heavier weight, any standard fly line outside of the rod tip is going to pull the leader butt down even just a little and this non-straight line between the rod tip and the flies means less control of the flies and less sensitivity to takes.
you’ll also notice that it doesn’t have an AFTMA rating because it wouldn’t make any sense because of this line’s specialty-specific design.
as with the competitors, if you’re looking for that special little edge to your nymphing and want to up your performance, this is the way to go.

* although probably not exactly new, i came upon the tight-line nymphing term recently, adopted it immediately and really love it as it englobes all the ‘Euro-Nymphing’ styles perfectly without having to go into the specificities of country, region or particular style; things that are all more than confusing even for Europeans, let alone the rest of the world…
Barrio Micro Nymph

The Barrio Micro Nymph: an ultra thin, lightweight fly line specifically designed for Tight Line Nymphing techniques.

The Barrio Micro Nymph line has been designed for Tight Line Nymphing techniques like Czech, Polish, French, Spanish, Euro-style nymphing, where longer rods and extra long leaders are used and the fly line is frequently barely out of the rod tip. It is not a fly line for conventional casting techniques.

Our stealthy semi opaque, pale olive coloured Micro Nymph line has a level profile of 0.55 diameter, which conforms to current international competition rules. We have developed new micro diameter line technology for this application that is unique to the Barrio brand. Finding the balance between a stiffer line that helps to avoid sagging between rod rings and from the rod tip to the water, yet supple enough to minimise memory, has not been easy at this diameter. It required lengthy research and development.

We experimented with high visibility tips to the line, but feedback from anglers was that they preferred the simple stealthy colour and to build indicators into their leader set-up at a point which suits them and the conditions of the day.

click the image to order yours.
sold for 27£ and as all Barrio products, the prices include free worldwide shipping. be sure to check Mike’s other fly lines for more ‘conventional’ fishing and casting competition specific lines, Barrio reels, super-fine wooden fly boxes and other yummy goodies HERE.

“This’ll be a really heavy-heavy fly once it’s finished “

rather the understatement of the year…

a Bomb, Controller, Sacrificial, Depth-Charge or whatever you want to call it is a fly used to bring down lighter, more ‘natural swimming’ flies on droppers down to the bottom in deep pools and/or fast currents. one could consider it a sinker with a hook and that last point means that:
a) it could easily snag on a rock or something and b) it can also easily catch a bottom-hugging fish.
sure, a) sucks but b) makes it worth it, specially because some times there’s no other way to get our flies to the fish.

pretty much geared toward the ‘Euro-Nymphing’ approach where flies are lobbed back upstream after the drift, this bottom-dredging caddis imitation  by David Downie is sure to do the trick and pick up a few on it’s own. because of it’s weight be sure to pay special attention and greatly open up your loops and better yet use an elliptic cast if you’re going to cast it in a conventional way. (or be prepared to wear it somewhere on your head or body… :mrgreen: )

an ugly fly for an ugly fish

if ever there was a friggin’ ugly and stupid looking fish, this is it.
uglylipsgrayling

grayling  (Thymallus thymallus):  their flaccid, distorted, insecure ‘Angelina‘ lips and biology class dead frog expressions are the disgrace of the animal world.
often referred to as “The Lady of the Streams” by what must be myopic, sexually repressed, football or hockey-on-tv-watching anglers, we’ll note that this expression is a horrible insult to women of all kinds.  i’d gladly sucker-punch the ******** who came up with the term and greatly incourage you to do the same next time you hear those despicable words.

these things often live in pods where there can be hundreds of them scrounging around meaninglessly right around your feet. once found, the hardest challenge for the angler is to avoid stepping on them while wading. once hooked, they fight like they look: like a flip-flopping one-legged sheep with butt cancer and to make things worse…  just like vampires, a lot of these creepy things don’t even show up on film leaving the impression that the whole thing was just a bad dream  !

no grayling

anyhow, a lot of us live in areas where trout fishing is closed during their reproductive season and we’re left to resort to  this soggy species if we want to fish in rivers so, as pitiful as these creatures may be they still need to eat and to trick them we’ll often need to resort to ‘flie’s that match their looks, personalities and lack of  taste.
along the same lines as a Happy-Meal placed in front of a pimply kid, this strange, unnatural and otherwise all-around offensive ‘discodildo on a hook’ wakes up these stupid fish’s appetites and gets them to open their disgusting mouths long enough to set the hook.
this fly-thing is very heavy and it’s not really safe to cast. it’s lobbed Euro-Nymphing style through fast and deep pools and holes and we dredge the bottom where these horrid fish hide in shame waiting for something ugly to be swept downstream into their gross mouths.
the line/leader  is tight and takes are usually lacking in subtlety so all we have to do is lift the rod and slide the slimy thing to the net, slip out the ‘fly’ and let it go back where it belongs. job done, next.

disco-dildo (a grayling fly)

made with-
no love whatsoever but a deep sense of desperation mingled with an overwhelming urge to offend any dry-fly purist i might meet on the water.

hook– Partridge “pre-leaded for ugly fish, grub style” #12.
flatten out the round body with pliers so it doesn’t look like a jumbo hotdog when finished.
be sure to sharpen the points as they’re pre-dulled at the factory.
under thread – anything white and cheap, it’s just to make a nice smooth discodildo shape that will be covered by:
abdomen‘ –  Glitter Thread chose the color to match your own tastes, these fish are too dumb to see the difference
head–  Demmon Hot Spot Thread in orange. they’re attracted to orange and considering there’s no orange food available to them naturally, this makes perfect sense.

i’m always fond of saying that “any fish is a good fish”, except for grayling…

Fly Casting- Lobbing it with Jim Williams

another wham-bamtastic !* casting lobbing tutorial from Jim Williams via Eat,Sleep, Fish Issue no. 10

‘Euro-nymphing’, what a barfable term.
stemming from an ignorant press and industry that’s only too eager to englobe a multitude of styles with all their varied intricacies and regrouping them in one silly-trendy name. hell, by the looks of it most of them believe that Europe is a country, ffs…

anyway…   Jim The Great does a wonderful job here in explaining and demonstrating that there’s a lot more to this very effective yet highly unmanly method than just ‘high-sticking it’.

i’m dizzy just by looking at the gifs below but if you can take it click on either one to experience the real thing full-blast. enjoy !