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Fly Fishing: ‘Water Loading’ Heavy Nymphs & Sling

Stonefly Nymph Box (SwittersB)

Ah, May/June! Chasing the Salmon Fly and Golden Stone crawl outs and hatches. Fishing your nymphs on the bottom where they crawl toward shore or below the rapids, where they have been dislodged and been carried into slightly deeper water. It is a fun Western U.S. event and interesting to witness the actual emergence (crawling onto shore/emergence from the nymphal body).  

This action will carry on into July depending upon water temps. The California Stones (Salmon Fly) will end first and the Golden Stones will linger longer. It is a chuck it-sling it-stay tight to the fly-short line-drift affair. You can and probably should attach a second fly to the Stonefly (smaller nymph or a wet fly). Just remember, to avoid tangles, to think of your cast as a lob, open loop affair rather than trying to produce a standard cast with a tighter loop. Tangles and hooks into the back of the neck may result. Some will advocate throwing a longer line, and indeed sometimes you will have to chuck and duck and mend to get to a prime lie. But, I would advise the beginner to fish shorter and tighter to the fly with only  a mend or two at most.  Casting a heavy nymph by loading rod with water tension…

http://tongarirorivermotel.co.nz/2010/08/casting-tongariro-bombs/


2 Responses to “Fly Fishing: ‘Water Loading’ Heavy Nymphs & Sling”


  1. May 7, 2011 at 07:47

    just another case why the ordinary fly angler should learn a few single handed spey casts…. Great tip there Gary.

    • 2 SwittersB
      May 7, 2011 at 07:52

      Good point and Phil Hager made a suggestion: Rather than weighted flies use a full sinking line, cast straight downstream, put the tip of the rod in the water then do a side recovery while lifting the rod tip and dropping it back to water surface. Creates a “wave” in the line and the nymph appears to be “climbing” and dropping back down. If you want a more complete description let me know and I’ll give you one.


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