Speed Nymphing-It Really DOES Work-Part 2

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury, MN, Always Looking to Learn from the River

A 22” brown caught “Speed Nymphing”
A 22” brown caught “Speed Nymphing”

Every time I hit the river, my goal is to catch fish. Admittedly, I have some favorite techniques. I wish would work every time, but I have yet to find the “silver bullet” fly or technique that always works. Thus, every day is a new day where you have to figure out what the trout want. A guide friend of mine calls that, “cracking the code”.

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The River Will Teach You: Speed Nymphing – It Really Can Work!

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury, MN, Always Looking to Learn from the River

Long ago when I started my adventure with this hobby (my wife calls it an obsession. I have no idea why – or at least nothing I am willing to admit to), I read several books on fly fishing. That eventually led to various subscriptions to magazines dedicated to the topic. I am well versed in the need to get a natural, drag-free drift when nymphing and using a dry fly. But, I have to say my experience is adding up to say – that’s not always true.

I feel pretty confident in saying that “speed nymphing” has upped the number of large trout I catch. Last year I caught 11 browns between 15”-18” over the course of 25 outings. So far this year, I have 22 browns between 15”-19” in 13 outings. That’s double the fish in nearly half the outings! Most of these have come from “speed nymphing” with the remainder using the “bobber fly fishing” method (described in a previous blog).

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