We post quite a few how-to videos by Joe Rotter from Red’s Fly Shop because we like his no-nonsense, practical approach. So when he says he’s got something that “might be the best tip ever for nymph fishing,” we take notice. He starts by explaining the basic problem with all indicator fishing: the indicator ends up moving faster than the fly. This means that you need to use a longer line between the indicator and the fly, which hinders strike detection and presentation.
His solution? Mending. By using a high rod tip to throw mini roll casts toward the indicator, you can send it back upstream, giving your nymph time to sink quickly, ending up directly below the indicator. Here’s how he describes it:
Often called a “drop mend,” “pivot mend,” or “anchor mend,” this trick will allow you to drop that nymph down fast and get your indicator to float right over the top and you can control the speed of the indicator. Surface currents are about 4X faster than the currents your nymph should be in, so this overhand style mending gives you the control you need to slowly drive the indicator where it needs to go.