Sunny to overcast to stormy 84 – 74 degrees
I was watching Tom Rosenbauer’s episode on euro nymphing with George Daniels and learned that either Tom is short, or George is rather tall, and that euro nymphing might be something that I’d like to try, especially on some particular stretches of water. So, with a $50 LL Bean credit and a 15% discount I bought a Double L euro nymph outfit, being sold on the “newly redesigned, lighter and stronger” marketing hype.
I tied up some pheasant tail frenchies and headed out to the local to give it a try. Reel came rigged with euro line and a SA 2x leader and a tippet ring.
Decided to give the boat ramp run a shot and I tied on some 6x fluoro with a point fly and a dropper tied on with a triple surgeon’s knot. It wasn’t too long before I felt a solid tug and had a nice brown on.
I thought I had it all figured out, but that was the only trout caught in the whole damn dam run that I worked for about an hour. One horny head took the fly but that was it.
On to the main attraction.
There was a truck parked, oh crap, I hope they’re not in my spot! I rigged up. Oh btw I can fit the 10’6” euro rod in the CR-V without breaking it down! I saw two guys walking out across the field and headed off in their direction. We had the usual conversation about bugs and fish and catching and then it got weird. After stating that they had been fishing this river for 33 years and I told them that I was a newcomer only have fished it for 28 years. So they started name dropping and hit upon Hiner, they inquired about his status at VT, they were somewhat dismayed when I told them that he was retired. Rob (or Ron) and Benny are getting close to retirement too. We parted and I continued across the field in my pant waders carrying two rods.
When I got to my spot, I unloaded the beer and water from my vest and placed it in the river to keep it cold. The walk in was brutally hot so I refreshed with a cold one, while I was drinking I saw a fish or two rise. I whipped out the TG for a photo and got this…
iPhone to the rescue…
I went after the rising fish leaving the euro rod behind and proceeded to catch a few on the surface with a sulfur soft hackle.
The weather was unsettled and for the next several hours I could hear the booming thunder on the other side of the ridge. I was humid and the air was filled with tension, the fog formed on the river and I expected rain at any moment.
Then it was time to give the euro rig a try on a run that has frustrated me in the past. Cast and drift, again and again. I wouldn’t really call it casting, its just flipping and manipulating the angle or pull of the line as the flies drift over their targets. I don’t think I felt the fish take, I may have sensed a pause in the leader, something different than the bumps from hitting the bottom. In any case I had a fish on.
Several more fish were hovered out of this run.
In another spot I found the rainbros…
Then it was time for a break.
I was hoping for a sulfur hatch that had been coming off the last several times I’ve been out, but that wasn’t really happening now, so I stuck with the euro rod working different runs and pools and catching more fish.
I slipped on a rock and took a dip in the river, sat down in two feet of swift current. My left side got wet up to my shoulder and water seeped into the waist of the waders. When I got my footing back the water ran down my pants putting a chill on the jewels and on down to the toes.
It was time for another break. This is from the dogfish boombox variety pack.
I wanted to see if there would be a spinner fall or an evening hatch. I waited and waited, and nothing changed, in fact it was quieter with only an occasional fish taking an emerger. I was about done at 8 o’clock when I decided to go after a fish that had risen twice in the last 10 minutes.
That was the last fish of the day. I stayed until 8:20… technically not past sunset but late enough for me to call it a day.
I don’t know anything about euro rods, so I can’t say much about the Double L other than it gets the job done. I think it’s all about tip sensitivity (that’s what she said) and while I didn’t always detect strikes some of that may be learning curve. It played the fish well and protected the 6x tippet. Do I like euro nymphing? Not really, but it does catch fish and may be more enjoyable than bobber fishing.
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