A huge part of a trout's diet comes from subsurface food items so in this episode Tom Rosenbauer covers the basics of using wet flies and nymphs to imitate this feeding behaviour. Wet fly fishing has been around for centuries and is typically most effective in fast shallow water. As Tom demonstrates, it allows the angler to cover a lot of water, swinging the fly across the current downstream on a tight line which usually results in solid hookups. Mending the line is also crucial enabling the angler to control the speed of the fly as it passes over fish. Pete Kutzer then shows us some casting techniques to help throw leaders with strike indicators or heavier flies to avoid tangles and hitting the rod. Next up, its nymphs which offer the angler the opportunity to catch fish in all conditions as trout will rarely refuse a well presented nymph. Tom first discusses presentation and getting a drag free drift before moving on to bite detection which can be tricky without the use of strike indicators. Tom discusses the advantages of short line nymphing and high sticking and then shows us some techniques to keep the indicator working well when long line nymphing. Finally Tom meets up with Molly Seminek in Montana and shows us to fish nymphs from a drift boat which is a deadly technique as the guide does a lot of the work by keeping the boat drifting at the same speed as the indicator.
From fly selection to presentation options, Tom details all the essentials you need to get started with wet flies and nymphs.
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