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How to move beyond dry flies into nymphing and other subsurface flies

  1. 1. How to move beyond dry flies into nymphing and other subsurface flies?Hi All,I’ve been doing dry fly fishing for trout so far and want to move into using sub-surfaceflies. Since that is somewhat more complicated than dry flies, do you have anysuggestions about how one should proceed? My primary venues are mid-size rivers andcreeks in the wv-va-pa-ny area. If I get a chance in a lake, I’ll try that out too.In particular, I was wondering about the following things;1) Is it better to start off with a floating line and then use weighted nymphs? Or should Iget a sink-tip line? According to my understanding, both will allow me to do the samething; fish at a depth. Any pros and cons? Since I’m somewhat new to fly fishing, I’d liketo experiment with something that’s not overly complicated, but rather ease intosubsurface fishing.2) Subsurface flies seem like a recipe for hooks getting snagged at the bottom. Does thishappen a lot to you guys? How do you deal with it? I used to have a lot of issues with myspinrod snagging the bottom, and I loved this about dry flies that it doesn’t happen.3) This is not directly related to subsurface flies but fly fishing in general. With thefollowing setup: a strike indicator, a dry fly and then a nymph tied to the bend of the dryfly hook; wouldn’t this lead to a lot of tangles while casting? I still get knots when I’mcasting with one fly, so I was thinking this must be really complicated. How has yourexperience been?
  2. 2. Fishing nymph flies on floating fly line?I heard it before but forgot… What can I attach to my floating fly line to make my fliessink?What’s the thing that adds more weight. Say if I want to drop a fly down 8 ft?Also, what is the technique called where you have a dry fly then tied onto that a trailingwet fly?Can Flies Lay Eggs In Dry Cat Food?Now that it’s summer we’ve switched to dry cat food for our adult cat. Flies inevitablyget into the house and are landing on our cat’s dry food. He’s been acting more lethargicthan usual and I was wondering if flies are able to lay eggs in the dry cat food?How come my dry flies dont float?I use floating line floating tippet I use materials like deer hair and rooster hackle on mydry flies but they still sinkWhat are good methods of fishing for trout other than fly fishing?I am going to the Hiwassee soon with some friends. They don’t fly fish, and they donthave enough time to learn. Will they be able to attract trout with a zebco?What fly fishing flies/methods work best for you in the river you usually fish in, andwhare is it located?Just seeing what flies and methods work best for you on the river you fish.need some step by step instructions using dry flies with a spinner reel?so am going to go out and get some “pistol pete” dry flies. And I’ve got a spinner reel,and probably wont ever go to a fly rod. So should i work the fly’s like I work my panthermartin spinners? I’m scared that I won’t get much casting distance with how light theseflies must be. any help would be great!fishing trout with a spinner or a dry fly?I’m getting interested in trout fishing and I have spoken to some Trout Unlimited guysand they all swear by dry flies. I myself am just starting and I’ve done a little rooster tailfishing with some nice catches. Is one more humane than the other as far as catch andrelease goes? Also whats a nice fly fishing reel and rod to get as a noob?
  3. 3. Buy the Award Winning ‘Esca Lures’ online at Nymphing – The Essential Fly Fishing Technique80% of Trout Food is Found on the River Bed or Just Off of It! – so Czech Nymphing isan Essential Fly Fishing TechniqueCzech nymphing was introduced to the UK in the 1990 World Championships. The Czechteam beat the UK International teams on the Welsh River Dee. The Czechs caughtgrayling in numbers from places that were thought impossibly fast or deep previously.This sent shockwaves through the world of competition angling. The technique is todayconsidered to be pretty much a standard – an essential part of every grayling anglersarmoury.Firstly, let’s take a look at the flies, the Czech nymph has many, many variations, but allare based upon one simple design, utilising a heavily-leaded hook. They are intended tobe fished very deep, in fast water, weight & a slim profile are important.Czech Nymphing TackleA 5 or 6-weight rod will be sufficient, 9′ to 10′ is ideal for better control of the flies.Leader should be of about 9′ in length, NOT tapered as they are counter-productive astapered leader won’t sink quickly enough. Just use something like 6lb down to the topdropper, with 4lb from there down. Use two 5-6″ droppers, one about 18″ above thepoint fly, the other about 18″ above that. The true Czech method is to fish the heaviestnymph on the top dropper, so that it helps carry the other flies down to the correct level.To help ensure rapid sinking of the flies, degrease the leader. You will be looking fortakes on the end of the flyline, so depending on your eyesight you may wish to use somesort of bite indicator.TacticsThe water will be fast, streamy water, normally considered unfishable on the fly,probably 18″ – 3′ deep. You’ll want to get your flies as near to the bottom as possible.Do not fish with more than about 3-4′ of flyline outside the tip ring. This is difficult to do,as the fly fishermans natural tendency is to shoot a bit of line.This is extremely short range fishing, fish will be close to your rod! Do not castconventionally, there is not enough line & the nymphs are far too heavy – the nymphsthat provide the casting weight. Use a flicking action to throw the nymphs upstream at anangle of about 30 degrees. Done correctly, the ‘flick cast’ will extend the leader so thatthe nymphs lie in a straight line upstream. They will immediately start to sink rapidly asthe current brings the flies back down towards you.
  4. 4. To stay in touch with the flies, don’t retrieve any line, just track round with the rod,raising & lowering the tip as appropriate. Watch your indicator very closely! Anyhesitation, draw, stutter, check – strike it immediately.Because of the fast nature of the water grayling and trout will have little chance toclosely examine the fly and hit quickly. Fan cast the water ahead of you and, if no action,take a pace or two upstream & repeat. This is fast fishing, each cast is fished out in 5-10seconds and you’re straight into the next one, a lightweight rod helps the weary arms.Often it is often useful to let the flies come down below you and allow them to fish for afew moments as they come round the bend and onto ‘the dangle’.Keep the rod tip above the indicator & steadily ‘lean’ downstream, dropping the tip asyou do so. This can be a particularly effective tactic, taking one or two more fish out ofwater that has already been worked.Obviously, with this technique you do not need to restrict yourself to Czech nymphs. Thekey is to use heavily-weighted flies, so goldheads, caddis will do just as well. ’Matchingthe hatch’ is not a priority with this fishing! This is an active searching method and, assuch, technique is more important than specific pattern.Buy the Award Winning ‘Esca Lures’ online at you in advance for all your comments, looking forward to reading them andlearning. I’ve received lots of priceless advice here. Cheers!