J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog

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Bugs

Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here

Burnt Wing Adams

Burnt Wing Adams

When I was a little kid “Bugs” were any small thing that crawled around on the ground, dug under the ground or buzzed through the air. My friends and I used to collect bugs in mason jars putting a little bit of grass or dirt in the jar then punching holes in the metal top with a nail so the bugs could breathe. It was most fun to see who could get the largest number of Bumble Bees in one jar without getting stung. There were a couple of acres of Dandelions out behind the house often full of large heavily laden bumble bees or honey bees from nearby hives. Once collected you could get a satisfying buzz from the incarcerated bees by shaking the jar getting them all upset. If you shook the jar hard enough you could actually stun the bees and they would all take a little nap at the bottom of the jar until they recovered whereupon we would do it again. When these bees got home from their nectar gathering job at the end of the day I expect their spouses unfairly accused them of drinking too much. more…

Speed Nymphing-It Really DOES Work-Part 2

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury, MN, Always Looking to Learn from the River

A 22” brown caught “Speed Nymphing”

A 22” brown caught “Speed Nymphing”

Every time I hit the river, my goal is to catch fish. Admittedly, I have some favorite techniques. I wish would work every time, but I have yet to find the “silver bullet” fly or technique that always works. Thus, every day is a new day where you have to figure out what the trout want. A guide friend of mine calls that, “cracking the code”. more…

The River Will Teach You: Speed Nymphing – It Really Can Work!

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury, MN, Always Looking to Learn from the River

Long ago when I started my adventure with this hobby (my wife calls it an obsession. I have no idea why – or at least nothing I am willing to admit to), I read several books on fly fishing. That eventually led to various subscriptions to magazines dedicated to the topic. I am well versed in the need to get a natural, drag-free drift when nymphing and using a dry fly. But, I have to say my experience is adding up to say – that’s not always true.

I feel pretty confident in saying that “speed nymphing” has upped the number of large trout I catch. Last year I caught 11 browns between 15”-18” over the course of 25 outings. So far this year, I have 22 browns between 15”-19” in 13 outings. That’s double the fish in nearly half the outings! Most of these have come from “speed nymphing” with the remainder using the “bobber fly fishing” method (described in a previous blog). more…