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Old 12-27-16, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default Euro nymph: First try (bowman's isle)

I've been hearing about this term - euro nymphing - and I figured I would give it a try. Watched a few youtube vids, read 1-2 blog posts for some self-learning. Seems weird, after learning how to cast reasonably well, now to go back to a funky mono cast. I tied up a few "french" nymphs and off we went to B isle for an hour or two, mainly just to check it out, because Big T said he was having so much luck there. I'd never been so I thought I would check it out... well worth it. There are miles of hiking trails to get to various places to get in the water. I only fell once and it didn't fill my waders like yesterday

Not far from the first bank to put in I hooked a few pretty little browns. These are my first Yellow/buttery browns. Only one pic, because I still haven't bought a water proof case, blah blah. All fish caught on flies I tied, which really makes me happy

Also, a question: given the slick conditions at the dam, bowman's, settle's and elsewhere do people on here use/recommend felt bottomed wading boots? I am using some old hiking boots and while I played ice hockey my entire life, skating thru a river seems dangerous...

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Old 12-27-16, 04:41 PM   #2
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Nice fish and yes felt bottom soles at a minimum and felt with studs even better. I have found that the new Patagonia rock tractors with rubber bottoms and aluminum traction bars work very well but are very expensive.
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Looks like you killed it for your first outing Euro Nymphing! That's a beauty of a brown
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Old 12-27-16, 04:53 PM   #4
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Thanks! And thanks for the boot rec. I am sorta budget minded... not sure how that's possible fly fishing, but I am trying....

off to bass pro... boots and more tying materials.
Winter break has been filled with fishing, tying, and meeting cool peeps.
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Old 12-27-16, 05:08 PM   #5
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Nice job! Felt is your friend but even better with metal studs. I have screwed in 3/8 inch sheet metal screws that are cheap but won't last a long time.
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Old 12-27-16, 05:31 PM   #6
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Nice brown splatek and congrats on a successful first trip nymphing. Like everyone else said felt with studs is best, I have the korkers studded felt and I haven't taken a fall in a while(knock on wood).
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Old 12-27-16, 06:06 PM   #7
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Nice job! Felt is your friend but even better with metal studs. I have screwed in 3/8 inch sheet metal screws that are cheap but won't last a long time.
Appreciate it. I figure since my feet are what constitute my base spending a little on boots should be OK. It'll give me something to use my gift cards on...
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Old 12-27-16, 07:18 PM   #8
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If you are looking to conserve funds, try getting gently used stuff on eBay. I got a pair of simm's g3 waders someone had worn for 1 season for $187 and a pair of barely used Simm's felt soled wading boots for $50.
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I saw that someone recommended Stream Trekkers for slick rocks in that area and decided to try it out. It works really well. You can just slip it on over your current pair of wading boots and you'll notice the huge difference. I got it on amazon for $30.
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Way to go! The drive to learn and adventuresome spirit that you and some other new fly fishers have displayed is inspirational, even for a worn out old fart like myself.


Yes, do figure out some way to get some more traction, the rocks at the dam are infamous for their slickness.
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