The Challenges And Delights Of Nymphing
The name "nymphing" is given to this fly fishing method because trout feed mostly on nymphs (insects that haven't matured). They're usually found underwater. Thus, the technique of positioning the fly underwater to attract trout is called nymphing. Below, you'll learn why anglers consider nymphing difficult as well as the equipment used and the basics of the technique.
Challenges Of NymphingThe hardest part of nymphing is identifying the take. The take happens when a trout attacks the fly. During dry fly fishing, the fly floats. When a trout attacks it, you'll see a splash. It's much easier to identify. But, nymphing requires the fly to be underwater. It's far more difficult to recognize the take. Second, because the fly is submerged, it will often make contact with rocks and other objects underwater. For beginning nymph anglers, it's easy to mistake these disturbances in the fly line as takes. Third, trying to determine the depth of the trout can be a challenge. It often requires experience, leaving novices to learn through frustration.
Equipment Needed For NymphingMost of the equipment you'll use while nymphing is the same that you'll use for any form of fly fishing. That being said, there are a few additional pieces of gear that you'll need to purchase. First, invest in several strike indicators. They're usually bright orange and are attached to your leader or to the fly line near the leader. Their purpose is to alert you to the take. Because it's nearly impossible to know when a take happens by watching a submerged fly, you'll need to keep your eyes on the bright orange strike indicator.
Second, you'll need to buy a few small weights for your fly line. Most anglers use a line that floats. Because nymphing requires the fly to sink beneath the surface, it needs to be weighted down. By attaching small weights to your leader, you can help drive your fly underwater. Last, you'll need polarized sunglasses. While they're useful for all forms of fly fishing, they're particularly helpful with nymphing. The polarized sunglasses will help you see the bright orange strike indicators much more easily.