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Re: Set. The. Hook.

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I don't think I've ever missed more than 5 or 10 fish nymphing. It's always "bottom".

Not as easy to explain misses away with dries.

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Re: Set. The. Hook.

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I gave nymphing a serious effort twice this weekend, both of which ended with me hating the experience.

Yeah, it works, but its still boring. I also get tired of having to unhook the bottom every 3rd cast.

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You are like the ANTI-me. I just as often say to myself "I gave dry fly fishing a serious effort twice this weekend. Yeah, it works, but...."

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Re: Set. The. Hook.

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What's boring about it?

I say this with 100% honesty: it's more fun that dry fly fishing for me.

To me, dry fly fishing is lazy. I look for a rise, I cover it, and I catch the fish if he eats. There are two dimensions, and I can often visually ID what the fish are eating. I can even get an idea of how big the fish is before I target it.

Nymphing is 3D. It's a guessing game, and it requires close observation to do well. I can usually make adjustments to fix my errors after a few casts/misses with dries... with nymphs, I'll sometimes find myself scratching my head for an entire weekend trip before I figure them out right before it's time to leave.

Nymphing is where it's at for excitement. The take is less spectacular, but everything leading up to it is superior IMO.

If searching with dries was more effective, I'd probably prefer that. Covering tons of water looking for a surprise is what does it for me. This is why I switch to terrestrials when it's time.

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Well put Jay.

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I enjoy both types of fishing. I prefer to fish dries more, probably because I don't fish them as much as nymphs (I typically only tie on a dry when a see at least a few rises....SS brookie fishing excepted).

LOL....if fish always rose and I fished dries most of the time, I could envision myself rigging up some nymphs just for a change.

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What's boring about it?

Nymphing is where it's at for excitement. The take is less spectacular, but everything leading up to it is superior IMO.

If searching with dries was more effective, I'd probably prefer that. Covering tons of water looking for a surprise is what does it for me. This is why I switch to terrestrials when it's time.


Get the same thing tossing a dry to likely places, too. Tossing it long distances, under trees and over rocks. Making it efficently coast down stream and a twitch before it takes off. Waiting for the moment that out of knowhere something smashes it from the bottom makes it all the more interesting, as well.

Nymphing is either watching your bobber lull along the water, or staring intently at a string hoping it moves funny. It appears to work best when you just sort of flop it into the water 5' off the rod tip, too. God knows, it works, I managed four fish in one pool thought it was pretty fun for a minute, moved up stream and then cut it off because it was boring.

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It's an easy dilemma for me:

Fish dry flies,
watch paint dry....

Posted on: 2010/6/1 11:51
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Re: Set. The. Hook.

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To be fair, its more engaging than paint drying.. You get to consistently unhook yourself off the bottom and undo mega-tangles from three-hook rigs.

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Three hook rigs eh? must admit, i've moved away from multiple nymph rigs due to my own magical ability to tangle my line by looking at it funny.

As for hooking the bottom - that just makes it MORE exciting as you may get 10 takes with a dry fly and therefor 10 instances of excitement. When nymphing you get 10 real takes, but snag the bottom 100 times - so you end up with 110 instances of excitement when you THINK you have a take.

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I must've missed the part that explained that in the manual...

Posted on: 2010/6/1 12:09
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No offense, but nymphing is only boring when you're half-assing it. Nothing gets me in a zone like finding a good run and combing through it with weighted flies. It's intense.

Posted on: 2010/6/1 12:09


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Im a morning fisherman so nymphing is usually what you have to do to catch fish in the wee early morning. I enjoy catching fish with both. But I find it futile to prospect with dries, unless its terrestrials. If fish are on top, then thats where Im gonna be. Most times though, atleast when Im out, nymphs are on the menu.

Fishing should be fun, so Gfen, if you find nymphing boring, Id say dont do it. But Id say atelast know how to do it right, cause it might save you from the skunk

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Re: Set. The. Hook.

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Meh.

Thankfully, its a hobby and not work so we can all do what we want to do.

That said, I still can't set the hook on a dry fly. ;)

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What I do is a quick snap of the wrist, downstream while holding the slack in either my left hand or having it pinched on the handle withy my right index finger.

Posted on: 2010/6/3 7:55
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