July 07 2012
Written by Jason
After recently rewatching Ralph Cutter’s excellent Bugs of the Underworld DVD, I came to three conclusions:
- Nymphs are more buoyant than I thought
- Nymphs move more than I thought
- The way I’ve been fishing subsurface flies for the last twenty years doesn’t make sense at all
Like many, I was taught early on that the best way to fish nymphs was with a strike indicator, split shot, and with a perfect dead drift right on the bottom. I spent a lot of time adjusting my rig trying to get the fly as deep as possible and eliminate drag. The perfect drag-free drift became my obsession.