DE­TECT­ING SUB­TLE TAKES FROM NYMPH-FEED­ING TROUT

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice Problem Solver -

Trout feed­ing on slow mov­ing food items rarely need to hurry, so con­se­quently nab their meal with lit­tle fuss. The takes we ex­pe­ri­ence then dur­ing nymph­ing tend to be sub­tle af­fairs and not the arm-wrench­ing pulls we’re more fa­mil­iar with when fish­ing flies worked at speed. With no ‘tug­ging sen­sa­tion’ that sig­nals a tak­ing trout, in­stead we have to rely on sight rather than feel. Some would have us be­lieve our leader dis­ap­pear­ing down an imag­i­nary hole is a cue to strike. Only in the calmest of con­di­tions is it pos­si­ble to see the leader in­den­ta­tion at the sur­face, and even then you’re likely to give your­self a headache by fo­cus­ing on the ter­mi­nal end of things. In­stead, con­cen­trate your vi­sion on the fly-line’s mid-sec­tion, or where it en­ters the wa­ter, off the rod tip. Any bow­ing/arc in the line, caused by a cross­wind will slide away when takes oc­cur (di­a­gram 1). Even bet­ter, watch­ing your fly-line at the rod tip is rec­om­mended for be­gin­ners. It lift­ing like a coarse an­gler’s swing tip, sig­nals a tak­ing trout (di­a­gram 2). Equally, on ul­tra-slow re­trieves, any mem­ory in a fly-line re­sults in open wig­gles that snake out over the wa­ter. These should be closely ob­served as any straight­en­ing here points to a tak­ing trout (di­a­gram 3).

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