Nymphing - the new way: French leader fishing for trout by Jonathan WhiteNymphing - the new way: French leader fishing for trout by Jonathan White

Nymphing - the new way: French leader fishing for trout

byJonathan White

Hardcover | November 1, 2016

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French nymphing, or European nymphing as it is known in the US, is the most important new development in flyfishing for a generation. These methods have already revolutionised the world of competition flyfishing. This book explains all aspects of this explosively popular new method of flyfishing and shows how the recreational fly fisherman can easily master these techniques. The use of ultra-long tapered leaders provides huge advantages both in terms of reducing drag and dramatically improving fly presentation. This is the first book to explain all branches of French leader technique: sight nymphing, short and long-range indicator nymphing, dry fly fishing, for trout, carp and steelhead. It includes tips for fishing in all types of river and clear stillwaters in the USA, UK, Continental Europe, and the Southern Hemisphere. Julien Daguillanes, who is pictured on the front cover and contributed a masterclass chapter to the book, won the 2016 Individual Gold Medal at the Flyfishing World Championships in Vail, Colorado, underlining how European nymphing is just as effective in the USA as in Europe.Major contributors to this book include: Cody Burgdorff (USA), Oscar Boatfield (UK), Julien Daguillanes (France), Stanislav Mankov (Bulgaria). Cody Burgdorff (2014 US Pro-Fly Tour Champion) explains the tackle, flies and techniques to successfully apply European nymphing techniques in the USA.As opportunities to catch trout on a dry fly have become less frequent and of shorter duration, the use of modern nymphing techniques can often make the difference between a successful fishing trip and not catching fish at all.
Title:Nymphing - the new way: French leader fishing for troutFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 9.75 × 7.5 × 1 inPublished:November 1, 2016Publisher:Merlin Unwin BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1910723223

ISBN - 13:9781910723227

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Cody Burgdorff on the Versatility of the French LeaderThe great strength of the French leader is that it is so versatile. It can be used on large or small streams, tailwaters or freestones, and can also be used effectively for many different species. The fact that fish, in particular trout, eat nearly 90% of their meals underneath the surface of the water tells me that nymphing is usually the best option for catching fish.The main advantages of the French leader compared to other techniques are stealth and contact. Long leaders mean that stealth is easily achieved, as the fisherman is able to fish for trout and other species at a distance, something that is not achievable with Czech nymphing. The ability to fish at distance makes the French leader very effective when sight fishing, either for trout or for very spooky carp, where stealth is absolutely the key to success.The other advantage of the French leader is contact with the flies. By using a long leader and maintaining a tight line, there is contact throughout the drift of the nymphs. This makes detecting takes, and striking quickly, much easier.While the technique can be used and adapted for most situations, I believe that it works best for rivers that are wider than 10m and have a depth of 0.75m to 2m. French leaders are particularly efficient for covering shallow riffles and runs, as well as pools and runs up to 2m deep.This is not to say that French leaders mean focussing on small fish. Nothing could be further from the truth! Last summer I was on the Blue River in Colorado with my good friend Zach Lass. A rainstorm had dirtied up a section of the water that holds large fish. With the higher flows and dirty water, fishing artificial worms and mysid shrimp on this tailwater seemed like an obvious choice. After a few 3-4lb fish, I hooked into a fish that I knew was massive as soon as it rolled at the top. After a huge battle we landed the fish, a rainbow that measured 28" and was easily over 10lbs. Landing such a fish on a 10ft 2wt and 6x tippet was an unforgettable experience! French leaders can be used for any stream-dwelling fish. Trout, grayling, whitefish, carp, and smallmouth bass are some of the many species I have caught with this technique. I have had great success with it on heavily-fished streams, as well as freestones that have very little pressure.

Editorial Reviews

"It is a good shot in the arm for anyone who fishes larger rivers, especially where sport is tough. I often swear by a long leader on stillwaters, but am considerably less brave on running waters. The French Leader technique is something I intend to try more often after reading this book. The information is incredibly thorough but there are also some inspiring fishing stories and useful bits, from leader construction diagrams to tips on fly fishing for grayling, large trout and even carp. Refreshingly varied and well worth a look for any fly angler I'd say." -- Dominic Garnett Blog, Fishing Roads and Fishing Reads"This is really practical and useful stuff. If you want to understand what it is all about, and incidentally pick up a very efficient way of catching non-rising fish in numbers which would not have been thought possible a few years ago, Nymphing - the New Way is thoroughly recommended." -- The Wye and Usk Foundation newsletter