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16. Proper Sighter To Flies Angle When Euro Nymphing (16 of 20)

Proper sighter to flies angle when Euro nymphing. What kind of angle should you have between your sighter and the flies, and when do you vary that angle?

Video Transcript:

- [Tom] The angle and distance between the sighter and the water surface is critical, depending on water depth and speed. You need to vary this depending on conditions, and every time you move just a bit, this can change. What kind of angle are you looking at between the sighter and the tip bit? - [George] Like right now, I'm trying to start higher, and then I'm going to work my way lower. But we have kind of a fairly middle grade stream right here, so we go from shallow to a little deep or so. initially when I'm making my cast, my sighter's going to be at a shallower angle in a skinnier water, which means my flies are shallow. But as soon as I go into this drop-off, I'm going to be elevating my rod tip, so my sighter goes a little more vertical which tells me my flies are going to be a little deeper in the water column. - So you're elevating the rod tip. - We're going to elevate here just a little bit. We're going to begin leading the flies immediately here in the fairly shallow, and then as soon as we go into that drop-off, we can go vertical. Now we're ticking bottom. ♪ [music] ♪There was a nice gradual drop-off. It went from light to dark. So with this technique, basically I made a cast, kind of just started drudging my fly right along the shallow. But as soon as we started going over that drop-off, I just paused, hesitated to allow that fly to sink about a foot, foot and a half, and then regain a lead and he was right on the drop when it took. So this was just allowing me to kind of work the contours. What a nice, this is such a gorgeous fish.