Nymphing Basics


Pheasant Tail Nymphs by SwittersB.

I recently had a friend remark about reading my blog, but not understanding a portion. I enquired about the confusion. It was a very simple concept. I had not elaborated with more specificity because I just assumed it was so obvious. But, that was a mistake on my part. The basics of fly fishing, like riding a bike, seem so simple, so natural that we (I) forget the beginner’s learning process…from the very beginning. This blog has always been steered toward two things: info for the beginner and visual/mental stimulation for the active fisher that wants, needs, craves to be out there, but because of real life, just can’t make it out there anytime soon.

Many people are out and about this time of year fishing, camping, picnicking, celebrating their family and friends. I notice my blog numbers drastically drop each weekend and surge back up on weekdays.  You are out enjoying life or perhaps like me out taking care of real life obligations and duties that prohibit outdoor/recreational visits.

So, periodically I will share links that provide a refresher of basics about how to tie flies or rig up for fly fishing presentations. So, here are a few simple pieces about rigging/fishing small nymphs that will act as a how to helper for beginners: (an Orvis piece) (a Hubpages piece).


5 Responses to “Nymphing Basics”

  1. 2 craig
    August 20, 2012 at 10:17

    if you always start at zero the path to X can take a very long time.
    if you start at X most folks won’t get it and they’ll lose interest in what you’re trying to pass on.

    it’s often better to to start somewhere along the way.
    those that already know nod their head.
    those that are curious will ask a question.

    so now you have a student.

    an old guy that was trying to teach a dumbass kid (me) said that learning troubleshooting was like crossing the street.
    it paid to look both ways before stepping off.
    learning a thing came from both directions and you didn’t want to get run over by something you missed.


    • August 20, 2012 at 22:07

      thanks, as usual, for the sage advice that always comes in the most interesting ways from you! 🙂


      • 4 craig
        August 21, 2012 at 11:34

        rereading this it’s a bit too zen, huh?

        i have a question for you…since you have so much material already written why haven’t you complied it into a beginner/intermediate level book (electronic or otherwise)?

        your stuff is good enough.
        all you’d need is some bridge material to tie the pieces together.

        just an idea, in case you didn’t have enough on your plate already.


        • August 21, 2012 at 12:30

          That is a nice, much appreciated suggestion. I have considered that before. I seriously researched a youth fly fishing book that my son, Tony, would have promoted back when he was a little guy and actually was novel in his tying at shows and a fishing machine for a pre-teen. In the end, I let it go as life interrupted with family emergencies. Part of it is I probably lack the vision and motivation right now with life interruptus again. I won’t say ‘someday’. Now, the way you turn a phrase, I would have you write the forward for sure! 🙂



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