When I’m well enough, you got it!FredS wrote: ↑Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:52 pmThat's the rub. You need to be "in contact" as they say, with your fly for tight-line euro-nymphing. That requires a fair bit of weight on the end of the line and you just can't get there with anything less than 20. Less than 18 is even too light for me. Of course you can tie on a heavy nymph as an anchor fly and use a smaller one a foot or two up. I do that a lot with size 20-24 WD40's and RS-2's.durangopipe wrote: ↑Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:40 pmA fishing friend, whose wife is Spanish, moved to Barcelona a few years ago. There, he caught the euro-nymph bug (pun totally accidental). Last time he visited he tried them on the San Juan and they seemed ineffective there.
I’d guess that the bugs they were eating that day were much smaller than his nymphs. If you can tie them on #24 and smaller hooks they might work there. It would be interesting to try.
Still, it's not the only way I fish. If there are risers it's more fun to fish dries and emergers. It's also fun to throw big ol' grasshoppers or stimulators on hot August afternoons. The only tools I don't have in my kit are swinging wet flies and tossing streamers. Sure, I've fished both ways, I just haven't taken the time (yet) to really figure them out. Know any guides who could show me a thing or two?
Every year about this time I hope this is the year.
At the moment, pretty much all I want to do is swing wet flies and streamers with a light two-hand trout rod I call “Farlow,” a lithe 10 1/2 footer, blank built by Pezon et Michel and wrapped and sold by Farlows.
I got it not long after I got hurt, it’s been fished only a very few half days since, and those within a couple of miles of home on the Animas (which, I hear, is fishing well right now).
God willing, this year, more days, more water.
Farlow wants to go to New Mexico.
I’ve often imagined carrying it out into a big bend I love on the San Juan (below Baetis Bend), between hatches when everyone is dead drifting an annelid or disco midge above a #26 pupae on 6X or 7X in the shallow flat and current tongues above me, and hanging a big one on a swung streamer.
I do believe I’d release it, walk back to the bank and light up a pipe.
Would rather enjoy doing it with you, Fred.