Active Nymphing: Aggressive Strategies for Casting, Rigging, and Moving Nymphs

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Stackpole Books, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 178 pages
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  • New and specific presentation techniques beyond traditional dead drifting
  • Long-line nymphing, no-line nymphing, downstream strategies, micronymphing, nymphing lakes, and designing your own imitations
  • Instruction on hauling with weighted rigs, hammering, jabbing, tilting the rod plane, roll casting, elliptical casts, curve casts, downstream loading

No other form of fly fishing has broader application on so many types of water for both active and inactive trout. So argues Osthoff, who challenges the long-held notion that nymphing involves little more than dead drifting with the current. Osthoff advocates an active strategy of moving the nymph, applying effective casting and creative presentation techniques that will attract the most elusive trout. With comprehensive advice on rigging and prospecting, practice tips for a wide variety of casts, and strategies for precise control to bring your nymph to life, this is your guide to becoming a truly versatile angler.

 

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Contents

Rigging
1
Weighting Nymphs
3
Weighting the Tippet
6
Applying Split Shot
7
Positioning Shot
8
Removing Shot
9
Checking for Leader Fatigue
10
Alternative Weights
11
Enhance Strike Detection
90
Preventing Hangups
93
Overweighting
98
Using Controlled Drag
103
Heavy Tippets
106
Probing Multiple Depths
107
Imitative Nymphing
108
Summary of Reasons to Move the Nymph
110

Leaders
12
Tippet Length and Diameter
13
Tippet Material
14
Multifly Rigs
15
Line Tapers
20
Casting Weighted Rigs
23
Practice Tips and Incentives
24
Grip
27
LineHand Position
30
The Overhead Forward Cast
37
Rearward Drift before the Forward Cat
40
Hauling with Weighted Rigs
41
Hammering
44
Jabbing
45
Tilting the Rod Plane
47
Elliptical Casts
50
Downstream Loading
51
The RollCast Pickup
53
The Halfway Cast
54
The Detonation Factor
59
Reasons to Move the Nymph
61
Agitating Inactive Trout
62
Picking Up Your Prospecting Pace
76
Prospecting SlowWater Zones Efficiently
77
Slowing the Nymph in Fast Water
81
Slowing the Nymph in Dirty Water
83
Moving the Trout
84
Activating Nymph Materials
88
Downstream Strategies
115
Working Downstream in Dirty Water
117
Buttonhooking
119
Keep to the Shallow Side
120
LongLine Nymphing
123
LongLine Nymphing Small Streams
127
LongLine Nymphing Refuge Runs
128
LongLine Nymphing Big Rivers
129
LongLine Nymphing Big Rivers
130
Micronymphing
133
FineTuning Depth and Drop Rate
134
Micronymphing to Visible Pods
136
Micronymphing Back Eddies and Slack Water
139
NoLine Nymphing
143
NoLining in Riffles
146
Nolining in Cloudy Water
148
Nymphing Lakes
149
Nymphing to Visible Cruisers
150
Waking the Surface
154
Bouyant Bottom Flies
155
Suspender Nymphing
156
Designing Active Nymphs
159
Imitative Nymphs
168
Afterword
173
Index
175
About the Author
178
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About the author (2005)

Rich Osthoff ties his fly designs commercially and guides trout anglers near his home in western Wisconsin. He has also written Fly-Fishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry (0-8117-2766-1) and No Hatch to Match (0-8117-3152-9).

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