How to fish for trout with nymphs
Learn the art of nymph fishing for trout. A nymph is an aquatic invertebrate (usually insect) that lives in the stream bed or lake bed. In rivers, many juvenile insects go through behavioral or castastrophic drift cycles nearly every day, and are thus exposed to feeding trout. This school will be taught on the Deschutes River, arguably the Pacific Northwest's best trout stream. Here native Redband (rainbow) trout are picky and well educated: worthy of the best fly fishing skills. It is the perfect classroom.
Your instructor is Mark Bachmann, a veteran Deschutes River fly fishing guide with 60+ years of experience with trout and over 35-years experience as a guide and instructor.
This class is done while floating a section of the Deschutes river with a drift boat that is designed to seat two or three anglers comfortably.
Minimum class size is two students, maximum is three. Although this school is limited to three currently, we plan to add room for more students by adding more boats and instructors, as the demand dictates. We will have a waiting list after the school fills.
What You will Learn:
This school is based on, but not limited to "matching the hatch" principles. We will start by surveying the river bottom for likely insect candidates to create behavioral drift during the day and evening. Then we will search our fly boxes and pick a series of likely flies to use. We will repeat this process several times during the day as needed.
Your instructor will put on a nymph casting demonstration showing how to position yourself to get the best advantage and how to present the fly to achieve a drag free drift. Your instructor will also give a demonstration on wading and how to acquire the best wading skills.
There will also be a demonstration on rigging and tying knots, how to rig a single nymph, and how to rig a two fly and three fly system.
As we progress down the river with the drift boat, our emphasis will change to students doing all of the fishing. We will fish until the afternoon.
Lunch, drinking water, and munchies are provided. Rod and reel combos are also provided as well as Deschutes Boater Passes.
This school lasts about 9-hours on the water.
What you will need to bring:
You will need to bring your own waders (or you can rent them from us), a rain jacket, polarized glasses, hook sharpener, leader clipper and current Oregon fishing license are mandatory. If you have them, you are welcome to bring your own rod/reel setup, fishing vest with flies, split shot for weight, extra clothes in a roll top waterproof bag, and items of a personal nature.
Suggested reading: Equip Yourself for Nymph Fishing Success
You may also want to consult our Guided Trip Equipment List for ideas.
I hope you can join me.