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A Guide to Casting Farther: How It’ll Elevate Your Tight Line / Euro Nymph Game

Unlocking the full potential of Euro nymph and Tight-line nymphing techniques requires breaking free from the misconception that they're only suited for short-range fishing. Delve deeper into the art of casting farther, and you'll discover a realm of possibilities that can transform your fishing experience. Here are three compelling reasons why mastering the skill of casting farther is essential for most tight line anglers.

When it comes to fly fishing gear, euro nymphing is the simplest, by far. Yes, it’s specialized gear but for good reason. Choosing ESN gear is easy, especially compared to traditional fly gear. Here are key things you need to know:

Trout fishing's a puzzle, isn't it? To me, it’s less about following the crowd and more about figuring things out on your own. Last week, I had a reality check while out Steelhead fishing—a different game than the high mountain trout fishing I’m more comfortable with.

I got caught up sticking with the “normal” steelhead routine, forgetting about problem-solving altogether. Armed with two 7 wt rods, one with a skagit line and the other with a sinking line- my trusty euro nymph rods would stay in the truck, for now.

There’s no question that fishing a run behind other anglers in a stream will lower your chances of catching trout.

But when fishing with a buddy or two, someone is always left with mucked up water. I usually don’t mind being that person because I enjoy watching my friends catch fish. I also view it as just an extra challenge to overcome.

Here are some tips that help me when I’m batting clean-up:

So, you think you have the basic techniques down, and you’re catching a lot of trout using Tight Line techniques. But your fish all seem to be on the small side. You know there are much larger fish in this river, but they don’t seem interested. Why is it that beginners usually catch small fish?
 Well, unfortunately, it’s not just a matter time before you consistently hook into big trout. You must step up your game. Think and fish differently.

 

Understanding these 9 Tips will help you advance to the next level and catch larger trout:

Summer is almost here but many of us are still battling high water flows form an unusually precipitous winter and spring. Some people sit back and wait. But for others it’s the best time to get out and fish. Here’s why:

MONO RIG vs EURO NYMPH: What’s the difference- Which is better?

Both the mono Rig and ESN (Euro Style Nymphing) fall under the umbrella of Tight Line Nymphing. Both utilize long leaders suspended above the water’s surface for a better dead drift, with less drag than a floating line set up- Often referred to as “High Sticking.” But what’s the difference between the two systems, and which is better?

Combat the Wind with the Two P's - POSITION and POWER

This time of year is the most unpredictable but you can bet that the wind will come into play at some point in the day. Whether it’s a light breeze or strong gusts, you need different tactics when the wind shows up.

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Wet Fly Swing Podcast show #415 with Dave Stewart. A couple of years ago I would never have imagined that I’d be a guest on the second largest fly fishing podcast in the country - The Wet Fly Swing with Dave Stewart.  I’m just a guy out fishing a lot on the Truckee River. But here’s the story of how it all came to be.
Netting trout is a skill in and of itself. It’s something that takes a lot of practice to get good at and only experience makes you better. It’s not something you can really practice in your backyard like casting and knot tying- it’s something you must do in the water and it’s something you must think about even before your net is drawn. In some cases, even before you make your first cast.

All anglers have memorable catches, or misses, that we’ll likely never forget. The special catches that get stored in long term memory vs the short term where it gets easily replaced the more we fish.

Here’s my latest long term entry:

Yesterday was a warm evening and I decided to take Winston, my 5 year old Shepherd Border Collie mix, to the river. My plan was to practice my dry fly game while Winston swam and chased crawfish.