These same techniques also work well for drifting egg patterns too. Which why some of us love it and almost exclusively fish them. One of my favorite methods of presenting nymphs during the winter is to use strike indicators and long fine leaders. Some anglers like strike indicators, and others do not. Many northern fishermen pack their fishing gear up after November. BWO Foam Para Emerger. Use the same method that you use to catch trout during the summer just use bigger equipment and heavier leaders and tippet. I use a dark olive colored Wulff Triangle Taper line, so the front end is basically the front of a double-taper line. The trick to this presentation technique is using only enough split shot to get the shot to tick on the bottom but not get hung up all the time. Nymphs have to move at the same speed as the current for the fish to hit them.My favorite indicator is the Thingamabobber, and I carry them in a couple of sizes and colors. This is why often the smallest nymphs I use are size 12. This activity makes some liable to becoming dislodged and sent adrift. It is tied with a … This can be done by adding a little flash to the bodies or incorporating some of the steelhead's favorite colors to various parts of the fly. Over the years, I have found that when it comes to steelhead fishing, one needs to show these fish a fly big enough to consistently get their attention. Fortunately for us, we do not have to precisely imitate every single type of nymph that swims in our steelhead rivers. Brown will match most of the colors of the nymphs living within the typical rivers and streams. With it, you can adjust the drift and get a lightly weighted fly to bounce just up off the bottom where it will be at eye level for a steelhead. Orange Rubber Legs Copper/Orange Nymph, Black UV Nymph Leech Steelhead, Green Tail. Keep in mind that the nymph population will continue to grow throughout the winter. Maybe you have been out a time or … Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Yet, those days are typically few compared to the times when they are finicky and not hitting well. In fact, it is hard to beat a black stone fly nymph. Often you are fishing about a rod’s length of fly line plus the leader, and you plunk it in upstream, it is in the zone in front of you and you follow it downstream till the fly is dragged toward the shore. Jay Nicholas of Caddisflyshop.com continues his series of Summer and Winter Steelhead Nymphs. I refer to this as a soft drift– your fly is close to the bottom, but does not need to constantly hit the bottom. If a fish grabs, you feel the fly stop and then set the hook. If the fly is dragging along the bottom faster than the current, the fish are not going to hit it. The first is that you do not need to keep your flies as tight to the river bottom as you do with egg flies. This is easier than it sounds. This award winning Steelhead fly took #3 place in the top five all-time best Steelhead flies at the New Fly Fisher TV Show!Top colours are Orange and Chartreuse, this is one trout nymph that should be in every winter Steelhead hunters fly … I also carry some Hare’s Ears Nymphs in a couple of colors, Pheasant Tails, and simple caddis larvae patterns. Size 8. These are all high-confidence patterns, which makes them the best nymphs for me. But as water flows come down and the surplus of eggs go away, nymphs become more important. Standard trout hooks are often made from lighter wire and will bend easily with a big fish. On smaller water we use more standard strike indicator nymphing. Here are the 3 tiers of Steelhead Colors: Top Tier = black, blue, purple. Written by: Dave Stewart, Wet Fly Swing This winter steelhead was caught on a nymphing setup. Predicting when to fish with nymphs is easier than one might think. 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