5/29/20 Mixed results with the "Euro" method. May 31, 2020 6:50:34 GMT -6 Fenwick, danimal, and 1 more like this
Post by jonbo on May 31, 2020 6:50:34 GMT -6
Well, I got to go to BB on Friday. Fished up and down down the EH with my "Euro"-stick, and various nymphs for nada. It was the day after the rain, the air pressure was doubtlessly up, there was bright sunshine. I didn't see a single rise although a few mayflies and caddis were coming off. I eventually put on a Near Deere (little wooly bugger on a jig hook) They went after that, a bit. I caught about 4 in an hour. So there I was tight-lining with a Near Deere, running it the same way, flopping it upstream 10 feet, then walking it down directly below the rod tip, and it was working fairly well. In this case, at least, there was no need for the euro set up at all. I could have swung the streamer with a normal leader, casting just as far as I wanted to, and covered quite a bit more area.
After that, I tried Cardiac Hill. Done with "Euro"-ing for awhile, I took my trust 6 weight out and tried fishing streamers. I went to those enormous pools up there that have kind of waterfalls going into them and ran streamers down through the current lines and seams. Again, nada. I had put some weight on, maybe not enough. Finally I found myself sitting on a rock above a large eddy. I dropped a big old Pat's Rubberlegs down in that, probably with an extra BB split shot besides the big tungsten bead that was on it, and let it swirl around. I immediately pulled 2 fat 13 inch rainbows. -Good old trusty Pat's!- So there I was fishing successfully with a $450, glorified cane-pole. Go figure.
The one thing I have against the euro-method is, if you're not having success getting them to hit nymphs, you're not set up particularly well for anything else. I mean that you can do other things, but it's a long way from ideal. For that reason, I don't know if I'm really enjoying it a lot. Since I like to be able to switch around styles whenever I fish, I may have to go back to mostly indicator nymphing. I do really like the Orvis Recon I bought on close-out for Euro-nymphing though, as its very versatile.