Archive for the ‘#eric stroup’ Tag

So lost without you……   2 comments

I had the opportunity to visit quite a bit with Eric Stoup from Pennsylvania.  Eric is a guide, author and speaker of  high order.  Eric and I spent a lot of time discussing nymphing techniques.  He nymph fly fishes without an indicator.   During our discussions I decided I would give his methods a try. 

I always have felt that the more versatile a fly fisher you can be the better.  So, armed with a leader that Eric designs and builds himself, a picture in my mind of how to rig bugs and weight, and a 9′ 5weight TFO, I hit the river. 

Right away I realized how helpful an indicator is. So lost without it.  I caught fish, some by accident, others on purpose, but an indicator for tailwater fish is a great tool.  Tailwater fish have a tendency to take bugs gently.  It was hard to detect a strike.  I’m not saying Eric’s methods don’t work, on the contrary they do, but I’d have to log in many more hours to feel proficient.  Funny, that’s the way I learned to nymph.

I think that the simple fact that I worked on that method for a half day, I became a better fly fisher.  I had to really tighten up the drift, had to “feel” the fish, and had to be more attentive to everything. I certainly employ it again sometime, and I can envision it being a go-to method of nymphing on a few waters I fish like Clear Creek and the Middle Fork.  It’s fun.

Eric’s method works.  To learn how to employ it you can buy a copy of his first book, Common Sense Fly Fishing: 7 Simple Lessons to Catch More Trout.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured is a Cuttbow I picked up nymphing sans indicator.  I “felt” this fish eat.

Stay tuned- next week I will post a video on long line mending.

Fear No Water!

Duane

Posted January 21, 2013 by duaneredford in Uncategorized

Tagged with , , ,