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Category: Nymphing

How to fly fish nymphs

How to fly fish nymphs

It’s been a hot topic in the fly fishing world for several years now, and it seems everyone has their own tried and true method on how to fly fish nymphs.  As a self taught angler, when I first saw someone nymphing; I had so many questions. How are they detecting strikes? Why are they using a bobber to fly fish? What is going on here?!  In my mind, I had always thought of fly fishing as making a delicate…

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Flies for the Swift

Flies for the Swift

I was at the tying bench tonight, and tied up a batch of my favorite flies for the Swift.  These are also my choice flies to fish in the fall. I plan on heading to the Swift in a couple of weeks to chase after big brook trout. I’m sure I’ll catch a few chunky rainbows and browns while I’m at it.  If anyone is interested, I have extra flies that I’d be willing to give away, and I’ll take…

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How to tight line nymph – A video guide

How to tight line nymph – A video guide

I was fishing recently and decided I wanted to make a video to show others how to tight line nymph.  I’ve taught many people who have never picked up a rod how to use this tactic. It’s a fantastic technique to have in your bag of tricks if you want to be more successful and diverse on the water. I’ve used it countless times when the water is skinny, fish are easily spooked, or there’s simply no room to cast. …

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One Year of Blogging, a Broken Rod, and a Swift Fishing Report

One Year of Blogging, a Broken Rod, and a Swift Fishing Report

It’s hard to believe it, but I’ve been writing this blog for over a year now.  A special thank you to those of you who have emailed me with kind words about the blog.  I’m so glad to hear that it’s been helpful for others.  I started this blog partly to share a bit of the knowledge I’ve learned over the years, and to keep a journal of my fishing trips.  I’m a completely self- taught fly fisherman, and it…

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Flies for Spring in Massachusetts

Flies for Spring in Massachusetts

For me, one of the most important flies as spring starts rolling around is the stonefly nymph.  As the snow melts, my local rivers typically have a higher flow, which makes it difficult to get flies down in the water column. Stonefly nymphs are present in most rivers year-round, and are an excellent vehicle for adding weight to your nymphing rig.  I’ll often add wraps of heavy wire to the hook shank of my stonefly nymphs to help them drop…

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