There are many methods and techniques in which we use to catch fish whilst fly fishing the river. Using nymphs on the rivers in our days, whether it may be the French leader, duo/trio, Czechnymphing, or even swinging the spiders down and across, All can bring fish to the net. Advancing technology is simply awesome!
The image below is me holding a lovely winter grayling on the river rhymney
Due to the bad whether that has made the rivers high and colouerd i have not been out fishing as much as i would have liked too this time of the year. through all the bad weather i have been making the most of my vice as with no flies i cant fish in the greatest of weathers. Grayling sizes have been in decline this season, not only is this due to the high waters but also a vast disappearance of the numbers of grayling. This seems to have occurred not only on one river but a few. There have been disputes on what has cause this sad demize to happen. Some say they have been eaten by the cormrants or other water preditory birds, and others say its just there lifecycle and that they tend to die off every few years, who knows??? Hopefully this will change in the future and population grows.
As I haven’t been out venturing of to the rivers recently, the vice has been well occupied. I have tied up some nymphs that I use for both grayling and trout. See slide show below
Descripition of one nymphing method i use to catch grayling and trout with nymphs.
Duo/Trio,nymphs fished under a dry fly or boiant indicator.
– A Tapered leader is usually used to help turn over the dry and the nymphs, typical lenth is ( 9/12 ft)
-A big boiat dry fly used as a indicator placed at the end of the tapered leader before the nymphs
-One or two nymphs can be hung under it all depending on the depth of the water, water speed and the weight of the nymphs being fished under the dry fly
-Suitable rod (9 ft #3/4-9.6ft #4/5-10 ft for a #3/4) the rod lenth and weight is normaly chosen by the size of the river or the size of the fish you are targeting.
How the method works-
This is more of a summer method, but can easily be used in winter when the conditions are right. A very simple technique to use and also very effective when it comes to catching quantities of fish due the presentation. A dry fly is attached to the end of the tapered leader, whether it may be a klink hammer or just a bushy dry fly filled with floatent, two to three feet from the nymph depending on the depth of the pool you are fishing. This is critical because the fish may be feeding on the bottom where as your flies are being presented mid water. This method works exceptionally well as it works not only one, but two depths of the river (the bottom of the river and slightly higher than the river bed, the ocassional fish will come up and take the dry) the best of both worlds!! A long lengthy cast is required up stream as the trout and grayling can become very spooky on times, This style of fishing can cover a lot more water inturn you cover more feeding fish.
The set up-
-Long tapered Camo leader, ranging from 4.5 to 9.0 meters in length
-Yellow mono is attached as an indicator
-Suitable rod (10ft for a 3/4)
How the method works-
The French leader is a fairly new invention to some of those anglers who have just started out on the rivers. It has been adapted into being used in more than one way. Bugging as it’s well known as is a popular way to use the French leader. 2 or 3 heavy nymphs are tied onto the cast, this will enable the flies to reach the bottom where the fish maybe lurking.
A cast is made up stream at around a 45 degree angle; a nice lengthy cast is made so the flies are able to reach dead depth by the time they have reached directly in front. You should feel every indication from the rod tip right through to your fingers whether the flies are just hitting bottom or a fish has taken. The indicator would be held 1cm from the water’s surface, this way it is easier to see indications. When the drift has come to it’s end and the flies are just about to lift of bottom, this can be very effective as the fish are more than often teased by movement. Never lift off to soon!
another way it can be used is long range which i will explain closer to the coming season…..