High Stick Nymphing for Trout

justin+nymphing3

This is an extremely effective and neat way to nymph! Otherwise known as shortline nymphing, heavy nymphs and long rods are a bonus in most cases. Below the waters surface is a world like no other. Minnows, leeches and other creatures lurk about, hoping they are not being watched by a big trout. What we are concerned with here however is not a minnow or a leech, but larvae, pupae and nymphs. Streams abound with these pre-flight creatures year round, so its not all that surprising that the diet of a trout consists of some 70-80% nymphs taken below the surface. With different species, different water conditions and water quality, it can seem quite daunting at first to look below

Using a Wading Staff

Steve-Fishing4

A few years ago, I started using a stick when wading across brooks and streams. The first time it was because I had picked up a piece of Maple, gnawed by beavers… A few years ago, I started using a stick when wading across brooks and streams. The first time it was because I had  picked up a piece of Maple, gnawed by beavers into the perfect shape and length for a walking stick. Having it to hand  anyway I continued to use it as I walked across a freshet-full brook to get to a fishing spot. It made what would have  been a mildly treacherous adventure much less risky.  From then on, when walking into or out of favourite