Video: Euro Nymphing vs Indicator Nymphing

Here’s the third excerpt from the video, “Modern Nymphing” from Utah fishing guide, fly tier, and filmmaker Gilbert Rowley. Many folks may still be unclear on what separates modern tightline nymphing techniques from the standard indicator methods. In this short video, competition anglers Devin Olsen and Lance Egan explain how each system fishes differently and what the pros and cons of each are. Devin argues, fairly convincingly, that European style nymphing is more effective in most water types. What do you think?

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6 thoughts on “Video: Euro Nymphing vs Indicator Nymphing”

  1. In the late 60’s I spent many a pleasant hour on the water with Aspen angler, Chuck Fothergill and mutual friend, Georges Odier. Chuck was perfecting a method for deep nymphing Lefty Kreh would later describe as Chuck’s “outrigger” technique. We typically used very long leaders (especially for the time) ranging from around 14′-20′. In Chuck’s chapter on “Advanced Nymphing” in Migel and Wright’s 1979 book, Master’s on the Nymph, Chuck offers, “A brief but definitive description of this nymphing technique might be the, ‘upstream, dead-drift, tight-line, high rod, weighted-nymph technique'”. Sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it.

  2. The title of this video is misleading. It is not about Euro nymphing versus Indicator nymphing – it is about Euro versus suspension nymphing. If a small piece of e.g. wool is used as an indicator there is virtually no suspension of the fly, and no suspender splash down as seen when using that float.

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