It’s better to stay in the trout’s “blind spot” (directly behind fish facing upstream), to help with stealth and avoiding spooking them. This is accomplished by stripping or a figure eight retrieve. We have news for you – way more fish are already caught underwater. The 10’ – 2 weight is an amazing rod for smaller fish and smaller streams. 5.0 out of 5 stars 2. All rights reserved. Subsurface nymphs are always present, whether a dry fly hatch is underway or not, and whether baitfish are available or not. You’ll notice the lighter line weights are really different compared to your standard 9 ½ foot 5 or 6 weight rods that are perfect for indicator rigs. Similar to other European techniques, Spanish nymphing typically relies on a lob cast (due to the weight of the flies) and an upstream presentation. Our new ESN was designed specifically for Europeanstyle nymphing techniques developed to maximize catch rates. It could do it, but I prefer to be prepared with a shorter 9' or 8 1/2' 4 or 5wt. Here we cover why and how to euro-nymph, what gear you need, and where to get it. Alaska – Sportsman Lodge, Kvichak River -2021, New Mexico – San Juan River – Couples Trip 2021, Destination Trip Reservation/Cancellation Policy, Winter Fly Fishing Classes with Pat Dorsey, © Copyright 2017-2021- Blue Quill Angler. Getting rid of these, and using the right technique can help you catch many more fish. Split shots get hung up themselves, and can buffer you from feeling a strike, especially subtle strikes. Next Article: 7 Killer Bass Flies (You Can Tie Yourself), Rio Euro Nymph Leader, 11′, 0X/2X, Pink/Yellow – 2 Pack, Rio Fishing Products Technical Euro Nymph Leader with Tippet Ring 14FT 2X/4X (Pink & Yellow), RIO Fly Fishing Fly Line FIPS Euro Nymph Line, Scientific Anglers Competition Nymph (.022″ Diameter), .022″ Floating, Cortland Competition Nymph Fly Rod 10.5 foot 3 weight 4 piece, Cortland Competition MKII Nymph Fly Rod (3WT 10.5FT). Faster action rods also help handle the heavy tungsten beaded nymphs you’ll be tossing. And for sure, you need to purchase one if you plan to get serious about the technique. When the euro-nymphing leader straightens or pauses, it gives you the visual cues to set the hook. Given today’s high-tech materials even long rods are light and a pleasure to cast, and a 9 or 9 ½ foot rod will work extremely well. The longer rods made specifically for euro-nymphing are useful for large rivers and lakes (but think about your length when fishing smaller streams). You do not need a special rod for fishing the European nymphing methods, but a longer rod will make things a little easier, especially when you need to reach over a fast run and hit that pocket on the other side. Euro-nymphing doesn’t only overcome these issues, but excels at them. This provides increased sensitivity. Dr. Slick makes a nice one that will tuck away in a vest or hip pack without taking up a ton of room. Rods retail for $249.95. As you may recall, splitshot has the undesireable effect of getting snagged itself. When you can easily notice what depth you are at when you get strikes, you’ll run the fly through the same channel more consistently. NRX 1203-4 Nymph G - A light, powerful, fast-action specialty rod designed for the many varieties of Nymphing techniques where long, light leaders are used to catch pressure-sensitive trout. This approach also gives you the maximum drift per cast, saving energy and spooking fewer fish. This is because fish don’t come to the surface nearly as much if at all in the shoulder months and off-season. The last offering is an 11’ – 3 weight that has become a real staff favorite at the Blue Quill especially on larger rivers. Sag will develop between the guides with normal Weight Forward and Double Taper lines, decreasing the “positive” connection to the flies. Now you might say a 3 weight is not enough rod for nymphing heavy flies, dealing with wind, etc. The solution to this is a specially designed fly line that will act like an extension of your leader. Newly emerged insects, or those still in their protective casing are nymphs. You want the rod to balance on you middle finger right at the fatter part of the cork. Not only that, but by high-sticking your leader over the water, you stay more focused on – and in touch with – the fly. Rods Most 9’ to 11’, 2 or 3 weight rods tend to be the most effective for this style of fishing. In fact, the Czech approach originated from the Polish, with the primary difference being in how the leader is rigged. Fish feed on nymphs near the bottom of the river or lake. They offer the angler a light tip and touch to help connect them to their nymphs and obtain perfect drifts for catching trout in rivers and streams. Nymphs are a continuous staple food for trout, bass, panfish, and other species. The sharper the point, the less likely you will loose a fish. Most will balk at the price of $22.95 for a spool of tippet material but you have to remember, this is a 50M spool and it last longer due to less breakage.