Register now on PaFlyFish.com! Login
HOME FORUM BLOG PHOTOS LINKS


Sponsors

Browsing this Thread:   1 Anonymous Users



(1) 2 »


Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2010/3/29 6:56
From Portage, PA
Posts: 1441
Offline
I have been experimenting with czech style fishing since I watched Arrons Jaspers video. I know that most of the bugs are small this time of year but lately I have been having equal sucess on my anchor flies as I have with droppers.

Click to see original Image in a new window

In my last post "Finally caught him" you can see that my size 8 stone landed me two really nice fish for February. They both hit the fly like a ton of bricks.

Click to see original Image in a new window



This nice bow about 16" Hit my size 6 dropper. The water was up so I put on a very heavy stonefly for my anchor. This was a tied on a size 6 streamer hook.

Click to see original Image in a new window

Half of this fly is still in the trouts mouth.

I want to say the reason for this is that the trout want the most intake of calories for the least amount of calories burned. Think about it. Would you run a mile for one chicken tender, or sit in place and have your steak hand delivered. The key to this is hitting the feeding lies perfect and putting it right in their lap.

Don't get me wrong, size 18 pheasant tails, and size 20 midges will be very preductive, but dont be scared to put on some meat!

Posted on: 2013/2/27 11:17
_________________
"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process."



Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2012/9/26 8:06
From lower burrell, pa
Posts: 573
Offline
nice fish Mike. I'm jealous havent been able to get out lately

Posted on: 2013/2/27 11:31


Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2010/3/29 6:56
From Portage, PA
Posts: 1441
Offline
Click to see original Image in a new window

This is an example of my heavy big nymphs. Alothough they are not your standard czech anchor flies, they work well. I will note that with all of the dubbing on them they do not plummet as fast as a sleeker fly. I pretty much double wrapped them with lead wire.

The are pretty easy to tie as well.

Posted on: 2013/2/27 11:35
_________________
"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process."



Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2010/3/29 6:56
From Portage, PA
Posts: 1441
Offline
not sure why the pics are coming in enormous

Posted on: 2013/2/27 11:39
_________________
"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process."



Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2011/5/6 17:55
From Harrisburg
Posts: 452
Offline
'cause those are some big fish!

Posted on: 2013/2/27 12:04


Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs
Moderator
Joined:
2006/9/9 17:32
From Gettysburg
Posts: 9008
Offline
Good stuff - two thumbs up.

Speaking purely for myself, I tend to go to smaller nymphs in winter - at least when targeting wild fish. The bugs themselves tend to be smaller this time of year and most of my winter trout fishing is on technical limestoners where most of the naturals are small, water is clear, and fish are selective. Nevertheless, it pays to experiment.
I tend to believe that large nymphs are more effective upstate as well simply because there seems to be more Perlid stoneflies up there. At least this has been my experience in my unscientific bug surveys. I don't see as many big golden stones down here in the southcentral. These bugs can live multiple years and are common in large sizes in winter months and I think mid-state and up-state fish may be more keyed on big nymphs for this reason (just a theory).

Anyway, some nice fish Mike.

Posted on: 2013/2/27 13:05


Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2010/3/23 7:50
From Clearville Pa
Posts: 244
Offline
my number one fly this winter has been a size 6 golden stone

Posted on: 2013/2/27 13:16


Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2012/1/13 15:28
From Ferguson Twp.
Posts: 2406
Offline
I'd say bigger works, nice fish. Like said I like to give them a mouthfull to have a look at in winter myself.

Posted on: 2013/2/27 13:17
_________________
There is a need to fish, to be in the water. It soothes the soul...


Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2010/3/29 6:56
From Portage, PA
Posts: 1441
Offline
All this being said this is the first year I have fished with these big bugs. I always kept size 14 and under year round and added small split shot for weight.

I like fishing this way because you can offer them both and not have to have any shot to look un natural.

Posted on: 2013/2/27 13:43
_________________
"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process."



Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2008/3/11 9:40
From Lambertville
Posts: 1215
Offline
Quote:

mike_richardson wrote:
not sure why the pics are coming in enormous


They are not too big for the post. Really great pics and beautiful fish.

Posted on: 2013/2/27 14:02


Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2009/7/28 19:49
From Shrewsbury, PA
Posts: 198
Offline
I tend to agree with Afish about using smaller flies this time of the year. I have had better success using small stuff on many streams I normally fish. That's not to say that I haven't caught fish on larger sizes but consistently catch more on smaller nymphs, caddis pupas and midges.

Dale

Posted on: 2013/2/28 9:47


Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2008/8/24 20:26
From Mount Joy, PA
Posts: 2179
Offline
You could always tie them with some "Quick descent dubbing" to help get them down. Of course, as you tied, a double lead wrap works as well.


Posted on: 2013/2/28 10:06


Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2011/7/6 13:48
From Philadelphia PA
Posts: 1427
Offline
What rod wt are you using? The other day I was using my 5/6 Wt and I kept getting smacked in the back with a size 8 (I think) nymph. I know alot has to do with leader/tippet sizes as well. I custom make my own out of leftover lines. Normally I go with a 10lb 3' to 6lb 5' and last but not least a 2 or 4lb 3' before the nymph. Maybe I should cut out one of the lengths and downsize the tippet abit? Possibly go from the 10lb to the 6lb and then the nymph?
All positive comments are exceptable, those who would put salt in an injury need not apply!!

I'll drink to those pics any day

Posted on: 2013/2/28 10:13
_________________
"I am respected when I walk into any fly shop. Salespeople wait on me hand and waders. I once tried underwater casting just to see if I could. I am the most admired Fly Fisherman in the world. And when I fly-fish, I use the Orvis Access. Stay Fishing MF


Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2010/3/29 6:56
From Portage, PA
Posts: 1441
Offline
This is a redington pursuit in 5 wt with a Risen 5/6 wt Ichthus reel.

I have a lot of luck with this rod and casting heavier rigs, it is a pretty fast action. I am mainly roll casting however.

The leader set up for this day was 6' 20# stren, 2' suffix high viz yellow in 14# and 5' of suffix 6# flouro with about 16" of tag for my anchor fly so about 13-14'. I am shortening this up a bit, however for my new leaders I am tying. I am still playing with this but I think I may try to keep the leader a bit smaller.

I never go with any line smaller than 6# flouro until summer. I have never had anything bad to say about suffix flouro. I will say that if you have the money go with Seagar but for the budge fisherman like my self, I buy the 13.00 suffix and repool old leader spools with it. If it ain't broke dont fix it.

Posted on: 2013/2/28 10:55
_________________
"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process."



Re: Dont be affraid to go BIG with winter nymphs

Joined:
2010/3/29 6:56
From Portage, PA
Posts: 1441
Offline
Thanks for the comments guys. I agree with all of you that smaller flies are more sucessful, but just wanted to make it a point to not rule out the big bugs.

Posted on: 2013/2/28 10:56
_________________
"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process."




(1) 2 »



You can view topic.
You cannot start a new topic.
You cannot reply to posts.
You cannot edit your posts.
You cannot delete your posts.
You cannot add new polls.
You cannot vote in polls.
You cannot attach files to posts.
You cannot post without approval.

[Advanced Search]





Site Content
Login
Username:

Password:

Remember me



Lost Password?

Register now!
Stay Connected

twitterfeed.com facebook instagram RSS Feed

Sponsors
Polls





Copyright 2014 by PaFlyFish.com | Privacy Policy| Provided by Kile Media Group | Design by 7dana.com