How to tie a Nailess Nail knot with an Albright for your French or Euro Nymphing Leader

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The first knot in creating a smooth French/ European Nymphing system is a Nailess Nail knot.  We will use this knot to construct the upper portion of our French/Euro leader out of 30lb and 20lb monofilament that you see in the diagram above. This knot allows the lines to be connected with a strong and slender knot that will pass through rod guides easily, which is important because this upper section of line is the shooting part of your French/Euro leader.  This part of the leader is 18ft long and needs to pass through the eyes easily to avoid problems while casting and landing fish.  As with learning any new knot, at first you may have to take a few deep breathes and try not to curse, but with practice comes perfection. Continue reading

  • Cold Weather Got You Down? A little action on the Salmon River might be just what you need to cure the Blues!

     

    No cold is too cold when your catching fish like this!

    Its been mighty cold as of late, but for those who venture out in the blustery winds and freezing temps can be greatly rewarded with some great Steelhead fishing!  With the Salmon River flows being quite low (for the most part) this winter, Smaller flies and lighter tippets have been key for any Fly Angler, in having a truly successful day on the water.   I will start fishing with 6lb fluorocarbon and if the action is slow I will bump down to 4lb making these beasts tough to land.

     

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  • 5 Proven Tactics to Help you Catch more Trout during the Hendrickson hatch this Spring.

    Hendrickson Polish woven nymph

         Would you like to you catch more fish during the Hendrickson hatch this spring? There are quite a few ways to approach it, here are some good tactics to try. Some are easy and fast, while others require patience, and some exploration with new techniques, you choose which ones to employ.

         Before you, quite a few people have made up their minds to be more successful at catching fish on the Farmington during these early season hatches, when the fish can sometimes just not seem to respond to anything.  Through the successes and failures of those who went before you, there are many lessons that must be learned.  To make it less difficult for you to succeed, here are a few of the better tactics. The tactics with notably long lists of successful users before.

    5 tactics quite likely to assist you in catching more trout during the Hendrickson and other early mayfly hatches this Spring.

    1.      Fish with nymphs during the first week of the insects hatching. Choosing a nymph in the proper size and color is key. Turn a few rocks and look for some of the naturals before you choose the fly you will be fishing with. For best results you will need to change to some sort of a nymphing setup, there are quite a few out there I prefer my coiled sighters and a host of Euro methods including French/Spanish Nymphing. The other alternative that I like to use especially when its windy is Czech Nymphing with a football indicator or something similar. Continue reading

  • New Chat feature on JWFlyfishing!

    jwflyfishing chat - sticky postjwflyfishing chat - sticky postjwflyfishing chat - sticky post1Check out our new chat tab located at the right of the webpage.   You can sign in with facebook account or twitter Id.  Lets talk some fishing!  This new chat supports private conversations too, so you and your fishing buddies can talk about the best fishing holes in Private!   Got a flyfishing question you want an answer to?  Click on the Chat Tab and jot it down.  I will do my best to answer it for you the next time I am on JWFlyfishing Chat.   Good luck, me and my girls hope to catch you out on the river soon.

    P.S  Please stop in and vote on the Hendrickson poll inside the chat.  I will be showing how to tie a couple of my favorite flies for the winning method!

    JW

  • 3/25/11 Farmington Stream Report

    Date:  3/25/11

    Water flow:  Water levels have dropped this week down to a combined 1000cfs for the upper TMA.

    Visibility:  Clearing

    Water temp:  34*F – am warming to 36*F on warmer days

    Water conditions:  River is running a little high but still mostly negotiable.

    Hatches:  W/S Caddis pupae 22-24, Gray Spring Stoneflies 12-16,

    Would the "Infamous" Kahle Worm please stand up!

    Comments:  The water level has been extremely high for the past week.  I fished the Upper TMA both with streamers and nymphs with a good bit of success.  The sun provided some warmth which got the fish moving a little and feeding.  Some Go-To’s are Yellow Stonefly Nymphs 10-14, Crane fly larva 4-6, Kahle worms 4-6, small eggs or sucker spawn, W/S Caddis larvae 16-18, Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18.  Streamers like Zonkers, Clousers, and Wooly Buggers will give a nice profile for fish to slash at.  I have received some action on some tandem streamers that I tied up for the high water flows of Spring.  Nymphing was especially good to me this week landing several nice Browns.  I will be looking for some dry fly action on W/S Caddis pupae this weekend, the waters’ warming trend should bring on some solid hatches of these critters right at daybreak or soon thereafter.  Look for this to happen especially on slower moving parts of the river.  The snow has finally removed itself from most of our local parking spots and Anglers once again will be able to find their way into most parking areas.  Good luck out there and hope to see you all on the river!

    JW