A curious friend asked me about my nymphs for trout fishing, especially those used when fishing season starts. Being a beginner, he asked me to share those flies if is not a secret. Of course it wasn’t a big secret 🙂 and I gave him my list with flies.
After, I was thinking how can I help him more (because he had several blanks. It seems that even if I gave him my box with flies, that was not enough …
For a beginner I think that is much important to understand how to select those nymphs depending of fishing conditions. When I choose my flies I always take in consideration the color of water, how high is the level of the river and if is cloudy/rainy or clear sky outside. To add another variable in this equation: all these conditions mentioned influence the color of the flies and the sizes:
- High and turbid – big flies
- Low and clear – small flies
- Dark colored waters- dark flies
- Super clear and calcareous waters – light colored flies
Rivers with sandstone and rocks with granite intrusion develop a slickly mud and dark green algae. That means dark insects are all over! Based on years of fishing I noted that spiky dubbed nymphs like GRHE and variants are more effective on these kind of rivers. I think is important to use dark colored dubbing like a mix between mask hare dubb and squirrel dubb. A pinch of dyed black dubb helps also.
Below are a few nymphs that I use in these situations:
If I have to fish on super clear waters then I prefer a smaller sized nymphs. If the rivers are calcareous with waterbed colored very light, then olive, light olive and cream are my favorite colors. For bead headed flies the usual gold color is replaced with copper, black nickel and silver. Gold still works fine but only if there is not a big fishing pressure on the river:
On these waters i noticed that the perdigon flies in light colors like cream, light olive and cream-yellow are really efficient for spooky and educated fish (for example: on some rivers from Slovenia)
Anyway, when rivers get warmer, buggy nymphs will lose their efficiency and nymphs made on pheasant tail versions will work better.