French Nymphing Ė New Approach To Old Problemby: ShesSoFly (View Article Source)
Super long leaders that are had tied and boiled to make then very supple. Their leaders will average 12 to 25 feet long depending on the conditions.
The rods are usually 10 to 14 feet in length to make fishing this long of a leader a lot easier.
The entire leader includes 3 basic parts: tapered leader, slinky (coil) and tippet.
The systemís main component, the leader requires some explanation. The leaderís length is typically 12 to 25 feet. A typical leader knotted to the welded loop in the fly line might consist of a thick butt section of about 4 feet of 25-lb or heavier test monofilament of a stiff variety. The materialís diameter must be equal to or slightly larger than the butt material in the next leader segment. The stiff material will facilitate energy transfer during the cast.
The next part of the leader is the sighter - slinky (coiled mono section). Always carry fly floatant or silicone (green tub) Mucillin. Greasing the spring-like coils helps it float as an indicator in slower, deeper water, where you canít French Nymph effectively
After the sighter, a long length of level fluorocarbon leader actually presents the flies underwater. For this example, consider using a 6-foot length of 5X (0.006-inch) diameter material. Approximately 18 inches from the terminal end; attach a 4-inch long dropper tag using a Triple Surgeonís knot. Future articles will discuss the riggingís knots that employ the Davy Wotton knotting scheme along with the Triple Surgeonís knot.
Use one or two flies with this technique. The flies should be weighted, slim and designed to sink fast.
You must cook your mono to make it coil. Ingredients include a plastic ballpoint pen, duct tape or rubber bands, and an assortment of different colored mono lines.
Simply wrap 15 to 20 pound test monofilament tightly around the empty pen tube and tape it at each end (rubber bands work too). Leave several inches of straight line off each end to make connecting it to your leader and tippet easier.
Submerge the wraps into a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove and place them immediately in the freezer overnight to help set the coiled memory.
Building a French Nymphing leader is simpe and there are unlimited variations in color, length, and test. This coil leader system is not just for French Nymphing. Experiment and have fun, thatís what fishing is all about.
Tight lines, and fun times, Shes So Fly
Added: Thu Feb 17 2011