Video: How Nymphs Drift Underwater

Here’s the latest installment in an ongoing series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video teaches a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly.

When you’re tying nymphs patterns, you might think that where you add the weight makes a huge difference in how the fly is oriented when it drifts downstream. As Tim explains here, almost all nymphs end up drifting perpendicular to the stream bottom. Tying on a jig hook certainly helps, but mostly because the hook point is less likely to snag the bottom.

2 thoughts on “Video: How Nymphs Drift Underwater”

  1. Fascinating! So nymph flies drift with a completely unnatural posture. Unless trout see them as trying to swim to the surface. Makes lots about nymph patterns seem “silly”. Just one more reason to stick with film flies.

  2. Thanks Tightlines! Your filming revealed something I would not have surmised. There is a lot to learn from this type of underwater photography. I’m now a better informed angler though this knowledge may be more useful around the table than on the stream. Keep it coming!

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