Podcast: Late Fall and Winter Nymphing, with Alex Waller

[Interview begins at 41:36]

My guest this week is Alex Waller from New Zealand. You’ve likely seen his great videos on Orvis News or on his YouTube channel, Trippin on Trout. Alex shares his techniques for fishing nymphs in late fall and winter. His techniques are a bit different than what most of us use, so you may pick up some tips for your own trout fishing, wherever you live. And because he often fishes for migratory rainbows coming out of giant Lake Taupo, his techniques will play well with Great Lakes “steelhead.”

In the Fly Box, we have a host of interesting questions, including:

  • What is the most buoyant natural material for dry flies?
  • Does adding UV resin to dry flies affect their buoyancy?
  • What is the best way to carry and store tube flies?
  • Is there a universal rule for what size nymph you can use on a dry-dropper rig?
  • How do I keep my hook gap clear of materials so I don’t miss strikes?
  • What should I do when a big fish shakes its head when fighting?
  • If black is the most visible color for flies, why do some anglers prefer black hooks when fish are spooky?
  • If black is most visible in murky water, why do some people recommend bright flies under these conditions?
  • I am stuck in the rolling plains of the Midwest, four hours from a trout stream. Can I still go fly fishing?
  • A local river is highly pressured with very clear water, so everyone uses tiny midges. Would a bigger fly work sometimes?
  • What is the best upgrade I can make to my Clearwater outfit, without spending hundreds of dollars?
  • Do you ever swing wet flies in small streams? If so what leader do you use?
  • When do you use a strike indicator instead of a dry-dropper setup? And what kind do you use?
  • I have a floating line for striped-bass fishing and have done well with it. What other line would you recommend?
  • What do you suggest if I want to try night fishing for striped bass?

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