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WHAT ARE EURO NYMPHING FLY FISHING FLIES?

If you have ever wanted to go fly fishing, then one of the main things you need to know about is the flies themselves. Indeed, these are the kinds of things that you need to look into if you hope to understand how to have more luck with fly fishing. And which fly fishing flies to use will largely depend upon what you are hoping to catch and what style of fly fishing you take up.

Streamer Fly Fishing, Dry Fly Fishing, Nymphing, and Euro Nymphing are all techniques used with a fly rod to catch fish. Euro Nymphing refers to a broad set of styles and methods used with a tight line connection. It is typically fished with longer rods, longer leaders, and without an indicator. Specific fly patterns have been created throughout the years to help with this particular technique.

As a general rule, Euro Nymphing fly fishing flies are a set of flies used in the technique of Euro Nymphing. Euro Nymphing refers to a broad set of techniques for fly fishing, and it emerged in competitive fly fishing in Europe, hence the name.

For Euro Nymphing, you will use a range of flies, which will often be simple patterns and tied with a handful of different materials. More important than the pattern is the weight of the nymph, as the weight will determine where your fly floats through the feeding zone.

HOW TO IDENTIFY ERUO NYMPHING FLIES

To identify flies suitable for Euro Nymphing, you will first need to know what makes for an excellent Euro Nymphing fly. There are a few things to consider when picking out a suitable fly for the Euro Nymphing style of fly fishing.

FAST SINK RATE

Euro Nymphs will generally have a rapid sink rate. As it sounds, this means that the fly will sink reasonably fast. That is important because the trout's feeding pattern when nymphing is typically 1 to 2 feet above the river surface. Most Euro Nymphs will have tungsten beads which have a significantly faster sink rate than traditional brass beads.

Walts Worm - Fast Sink Rate Fly

SLIM PROFILE

Something that influences the sink rate is the fly's profile. A slender body will sink a lot faster than a thick and buggy one. So, many nymph flies have very slim and tapered bodies to help that sink rate increase even further.

Slim Profile Euro Fly Pattern

TRIGGER POINT

Some patterns but not all have what is called a trigger point. Trigger points can be a flash body, hot butt, bright collar, or tag.

Trigger Butt on Euro Fly

JIG HOOK

In recent years, the jig hook has become extremely popular in Euro Nymphing flies. Not all patterns carry these, but most of the newest designs on the marketplace use this style of hook. The idea is that the hook will ride upright and not snag on the bottom of the river or creek and have greater sensitivity when a hook-up occurs.

Euro Fly with Jig Hook

WHAT SIZE FLIES DO YOU USE FOR EURO NYMPHING?

As a general rule, the size of Euro nymph used should be in the 14 to 16 hook range for your point fly and 16 and under for tag fly. But environmental and aquatic lifecycles also play a role in the size of the pattern you should use when Euro Nymphing.

To get a more precise size and weight of your fly, you can determine the pattern used in three stages:

  1. Size of the hatch that you are trying to replicate
  2. Depth desired for the feeding zone – this will determine the wight of the fly
  3. The amount of current that you are fishing in will also select the fly size and design needed for a successful outing.
What Fly Size Should I Use - Size 16

IS EURO NYMPHING REALLY FLY FISHING?

There is controversy around if Euro Nymphing is truly fly fishing, and there are certainly differing opinions. Many people feel that there is a valid argument that Euro Nymphing is not fly fishing - because leader lengths can be up to 30 feet long, and you do not cast your patterns using the weight of the line like dry fly fishing, but rather the weight of the fly.

Others argue that it is the only proper form of fly fishing because you have to be diligent about every aspect of your gear, presentation, and approach.

Rainbow Trout Caught on Euro Nymphing Techniques

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT EURO FLY TO USE?

The answer to this is always going to depend on a vast number of factors. You have to look at what kind of fish you are hoping to catch and where in the world you are, and what type of water you are looking at.

You will also need to look at the hatch patterns for your region and choose your fly patterns to match that hatch. Sometimes it comes down to a matter of trial and error. But if you get stuck, remember the points above about what good nymph flies tend to have and what they are like.

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