Euro Nymphing Class

Are you interested in taking your nymphing game to the next level and learning techniques used by Fly Fishing Team USA and Competition fly fisherman around the world?

European Nymphing or “Euro Nymphing” is a range of techniques developed by competition fly fisherman to catch fish as efficiently as possible without using a bobber (suspender) or fly line. The basic setup is a longer specialised rod (10-11ft) that is designed to cast a long mono leader (20-30ft) and hold a colored sighter above the water to register strikes and also to allow you to lead the flies through the drift at whatever depth you choose. 

Using a setup like this in conjunction with a level fluorocarbon leader ,weighted tungsten flies with no split shot allows you to get a far purer dead drift for longer in the strike zone with far less weight than is possible to achieve with a floating indicator . It also allows you to fish turbulent pocket water and super shallow riffles that are also hard to target with a regular floating indicator setup and because all your weight is in the flies and not split shot further up the leader you get instant feedback as soon as a fish hits them .  You will see many bites that are completely missed when fishing with a traditional floating indicator .

These techniques are super fun to master and have a lot of depth to keep you interested as you develop.  Once you have the basics down it is not unusual to see your catch rate climb quite dramatically and is a deadly way to fish for spooky fish! 

Class Program.

The on stream class will be a full day and all equipment will be provided including lunch and refreshments .

The order of on stream play before we hit the river will be as follows……

Equipment overview. 

Rods. 10ft vs 11ft .

Reels. Proper balancing with the longer rods.

Lines. Mono vs Euro Nymphing Fly line.

Leaders. Formula for making your own and also commercially available euro leaders .

Sighters. We will go through the different types as well as how to make your own .

Flurocarbon. Different brands , pros and cons .

Flies. Pattern and weight selection based on water types ,flows and seasons. 

Point Flies ,Trailers and Tags . Which fly goes where and how to balance a multiple fly rig . Use of tippet rings instead of blood knots for quick fly changes.

Other accessories and miscellaneous equipment .


The order of in stream play with rod in hand will be as follows………..

Fishing instruction.

Reading the water types and identifying drift lanes .

Casting a long mono leader. Tuck cast , Loop cast , bow and arrow cast etc.

Leading the flies through the drift. Angle of Sighter for deep drifts and shallow drifts .

Reading the sighter. How you can tell when your flies are in the strike sone and how to identify strikes vs hitting the bottom .

Animating your flies during the drift . Excellent way of making your flies act like emerging insects which is deadly in pre hatch situations .

Striking when you get a bite . Different strike angles depending where your flies are in the drift .

Playing fish with a longer rod . Do’s and Don’ts .

Different ways to use your very versatile Euro Leader . Dry Dropper and Streamers.

End of day Q&A and feedback to help you keep improving. 

Leader Construction 

Fly Selection for Euro Nymphing Colorado.

Become A Euro Nymphing Expert!

Angelo Arias has been practicing and honing these techniques for the last decade and is passionate about sharing this exciting alternative to traditional nymphing with fly fisherman of all experience levels .We have all the latest and greatest Euro Nymphing equipment so you will be able to try out a variety of setups to see what works best for you to ensure you have a great day on the water !