Guiding the Flies -- Tight Line and Euro Nymphing Skills, #7

February 20, 2022 Domenick Swentosky Season 2 Episode 7
Guiding the Flies -- Tight Line and Euro Nymphing Skills, #7
Show Notes

Part Seven of this Troutbitten Skills Series focuses on guiding the flies. Once the nymphs are cast and settled into the target seam, it's time to take them to the trout. Guiding the flies is a blend of two skills that I call leading and tracking. At the core, this skill of guiding the flies is fishing the flies. And this is what anglers tend to focus on most — for good reason. It’s the longest in duration. It’s the most active, and has the most room for variation.

In truth, there are number of ways to dead drift nymphs through one seam. And the choices we make are about how much influence we want to have on the flies. A leading approach puts the angler in charge, and a tracking approach let's the river dictate the course of the flies. Guiding the flies is an effort to mix the two.

We Cover the Following

  • The advantages of leading
  • Control, contact and the dead drift
  • Over weighting
  • The advantages of tracking
  • Less control with fewer options, but a truer drift?
  • Under weighting
  • Is pure tracking possible?
  • Guiding as a mix of the two
  • Slipping contact
  • Find the perfect weight
  • Why use both?
  • Why guiding works.

Remember, each of these podcasts is supported by a companion article of the same topic. And you can find the full overview of the Nine Essential Skills for Tight line and Euro Nymphing here:

READ: Troutbitten | The Nine Essential Skills for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing
READ: Troutbitten | #7 Guiding the Flies -- Nine Essential Skill for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing
READ: Troutbitten | Category | The Mono Rig
READ: Troutbitten | Leading vs Tracking vs Guiding the Flies
READ: Troutbitten | Tracking the Flies
READ: Troutbitten | How to Lead the Flies


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