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  • Gareth
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    Hi

    Having caught nothing this year on anything but nymphs (PTN & GRHE) I decided a while back that I would buy myself a long rod specifically for nymphing for next season. Thanks to the tax man and his generousity I’ve just splashed out and bought a rod and hope to get some use out of it this year.
    I suspect French nymphing to be the main method of use if only because of the width of the Usk.
    So now to the problem.
    I have pretty much only ever used PTN & GRDE nymphs be that weighted, bead etc!
    I’ve just been looking on the net and quite frankly the array of nymphs patterns available is just rediculous! http://www.selectafly.com/nymphs-125-c.asp
    A quick count and there are appox 28 versions of a Hairs ear!!!!!
    What do I actually need or what have you had success with on the Usk?
    Cheers

    David Holme
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    tom bugs
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    What rod did you get? I picked up a Sonik SK Lite 10ft-er for sub £100 (3wt) though seem to be using it for everything at the moment..

    Interested to hear replies on flies too. Someone who guides over in Glocs who was on the familiarisation walk a month or two back mentioned ‘always have a bit of red’ (though can’t remember if that was nymphs or more generally). I keep it simple, but that’s probably ‘cos I’m a bit simple in my ways!

    Gareth
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    Will have a look Flyholme. Cheers.

    Tom I decided on a Hends Rod GPX 1103/1203 Aftma 3 – 4pieces 85/90 gr that’s an 11′ rod plus a foot extension piece to make a 12′ rod. If you buy it in the UK you’ll pay £250 is but I found it in the CZ for
    £181 http://shop.goflyfish.cz/en/eshop/35-he … nsion.html

    I did think about a 10′ rod but went for over kill rather then ending up being a bit short plus I am determined not to end up wearing chest waders.
    Many years ago after breaking my fly rod I was forced for a while to use a 13 float rod to fly fish!! It was wicked just how much line you could get out with it but there was a down side! Striking!!! The first fish I caught was only little and literally flew out of the water and hit me on the chest. I still laugh even today at that the thought of that poor fish happily minding its own business one second and then suddenly fly through the air the next.

    tom bugs
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    Wow – nice – that’s the sort of specialism you get when you look at the more niche retailers (not got that far yet but saw some similar areas when looking for specific fly tying materials)

    I’d love to work on nymphing techniques sometime – last year I fished the Monnow and after a day with the Welsh Rivers team (WUF workshop) tried out some pools with a bung indicator and suddenly I was having great results. I guess the czech/french techniques aren’t too dissimilar but somewhat more refined than having a bung!

    Gareth
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    I guess the czech/french techniques aren’t too dissimilar but somewhat more refined than having a bung!

    I was thinking about french nymphing last night and it seems similar to trotting a worm with a 13′ match float rod ie no float just a couple of split shots to sink the worm but with nymph or spiders. I suspect the casting technique will take some getting used to! Instead of sticking flies in the bushes behind me they be in the trees on the other side. lol
    Come to think of it if you look at some of the nymphing indicators on sale they are more like floats so you could say you were float fishing with nymphs rather then maggots.
    The rods on its way so fingers crossed here by the weekend. Unless Royal Mail have other ideas.
    I know you tie your own flies but this is a useful site: http://www.flyfishingpoint.net/en/flies … rrency=GBP
    Off season I was able to buy flies cheaper from there than anywhere in the UK.
    Also some of the articles are quite interesting. http://www.flyfishingpoint.net/en/articles/all
    They also sell Veniard fly tying materials but I’ve no idea on the pricing.
    http://www.flyfishingpoint.net/en/e-sho … rrency=GBP

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