spanish nymphing (when & how)

Spanish Nymph by Ricardo Falero

Spanish Nymph by Ricardo Falero

“Since the 1980’s nymph fishing in Europe has evolved into a number of highly specialized methods that are quite different from techniques favored in the US. These new methods have become very popular with many of the best stream fishermen in the world largely due to International competition. Spanish Nymphing is a technique that all members of Fly Fishing Team USA use extensively. They are relentlessly practiced and blended into the fishing strategy. According to long time Team member Sam Mavrakis, “Each technique has particular advantages for certain conditions, flow rates, depth and so on. I adjust to the conditions as needed. I’m particularly fond of this (Spanish) approach on slower glides.”

“The main differences between Spanish Nymphing and the Eastern European styles lie in the overall length of the leader and the distance from angler to trout during the presentation.” Sam pointed out to me that Spanish Nymphing is a “far more visual technique compared to the feel you get with polish or Czech methods.”      http://frontrangeanglers.com/newsletter/march06/nymphing.htm

“The proper selection of flies is essential to casting and presentation. The weight of the anchor or point fly (last fly on the leader) is critical. Your objective is to have this fly bouncing along the bottom so that it does not hang up. Proper weight is far more important than the pattern or the size.”



Luis Ricardo Falero Nymph’s (Odd Sugar Plum Fairies dancing in his head!) http://www.artsunlight.com/Html/ArtistbN/N-F01-P001.htm

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