Hi, I'm Tom Rosenbauer, and welcome to the Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing. You know, Euro nymphing is one of the most effective ways of catching trout in streams under almost any conditions. And I have never been very good at it.
So I've enlisted my friend George Daniel to show all of us how to catch more trout in streams using this deadly method. - [George] There we go.
- You may have heard it described as Euro nymphing, Czech nymphing, Polish nymphing, French nymphing, tightline nymphing, or as George Daniel calls it, "contact nymphing." There are many different variations of this technique, but they all involve using weighted flies, a long, thin tippet, and a colored cider leader, instead of an indicator.
Day in and day out, fishing with nymphs is the most effective way to catch trout in any kind of water conditions. Euro nymphing is an especially efficient and effective way of fishing nymphs. In most water types, trout need to hug the bottom because that's where the current is slowest, and they don't waste energy, just trying to hold their position.
Here, they wait for aquatic insects to tumble by, and often, they don't move more than a few inches to capture their prey. Euro nymphing gets your flies to the fish in the quickest way possible and also allows them to stay in the strike zone for longer. We're going to show you the basics to get you started in this method.