S2:E4 Our Top Nymph and Wet Fly Patterns

Our top nymph and wet fly patterns are probably not the same as yours. Every fly fisher has an opinion. Each river is unique. Yet there remain some common attractor nymph and wet fly patterns that seem to work when there is no obvious hatch in play. In this week’s episode, Our Top Nymph and Wet Fly Patterns, we each offer our five favorites. There is lots of overlap, but a few surprises as well.

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What are your top nymph and wet fly attractor patterns? And why?

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6 Replies to “S2:E4 Our Top Nymph and Wet Fly Patterns”

  1. This was a very timely podcast for me, as I was on my way to northeast New Mexico on a fishing trip. Good information on flies that we should all carry. I think the one thing I gleamed from this was that really, you need to carry a few flies rather than an entire box. I think that too often, I overwhelm myself with having too much to choose from. I used a lanyard for the first time, and it helped also because I was limited in what I could carry with me. Maybe do a podcast on what tools you should carry on one!

    Anyway, needless to day, it was the San Juan Worm that carried the day for me! I tried dries (too windy), nymphs, and streamers. It was a great trip!

    1. We’re glad to know that the trusty San Juan Worm carried the day. So glad you had a great trip and that the podcast was helpful. Thanks, too, for your podcast idea. We’ll put that one in our hopper of ideas.

  2. Something that might be of note for red copper johns is that red is the first colour to be absorbed in water. So if you are fishing it deep it might not look red at all to fish and possibly is working well because it is subtle. Something to think about 🙂

    1. Now that is some great thinking. Thank you. With some exception, the depths we fish at our less than four feet. What are you thoughts about color at those depths?

      Thank you!

      1. You guys are fishing in the west if I am not mistaken so I assume the water is not tannin stained and you can probably even see the bottom at that depth? so I would assume the nymph would be red to everyone, even us 🙂

        I am in the east (Montreal) and I don’t really see/hear a lot of red copper john fanatics. I have some in my box but I seem to do better with hares ear and the like (not really scientific). But I am from New Zealand and am going back this winter so will get some summer fishing in and try out a few red nymphs to see how they go. Although the area I fish the trout are not picky from what I can tell.

        1. Yep, we both have fished the West for most of our lives. Now we’re in the Midwest, with more color in the water and, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, more tannin stained creeks. The rivers in the West are amazingly clear, with the exception of rain and spring run off. Makes perfect sense about the color. Thank you for pointing that out!

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