Northwest Winter Nymph Kit
These are the flies you will need to succeed when nymphing in the Pacific Northwest during the winter months. 18 flies in all, contained in a single compartment, snap lid, reusable plastic box.
Contains 3 each of:
During the winter months the biomass of insects in every river is at peak. Every insect that will hatch during the warmer months is already alive and growing. As they grow, they need larger and larger territories. Nearly every day, some of the insects drift downstream to find new, larger living spaces. This is called "behavioral drift." Behavioral drift normally happens during the low light hours of morning and evening, with morning usually being the stronger migration.
Of course trout and other river fish know about behavioral drift. They have been capitalizing on it their entire lives. Smart anglers also know about behavioral drift and are on the water during the time periods when it is most likely to happen. The low light created by heavy cloud cover can extend behavioral drift cycles.
Naturally it helps to have the right flies to match this mass migration of insects, which can be varied in size shape and color. Caddis, mayflies, stoneflies and midges all go through behavioral drift cycles. The Northwest Winter Nymph Kit is designed to approximate the most prominent insects that are active during the winter months.
Other items that can increase the productivity of your Northwest Winter Nymph Kit are:
A long rod, such as the Echo Shadow II, will give you more reach and control of your dead-drifting flies.
A bright colored, high-floating fly line, such as the Royal Wulff Ambush Line is great for casting nymphs.
Strike indicators are a great help for detecting strikes. I like the Airlock strike indicators. One half inch is the best size for fishing small nymphs. Larger sizes are better for suspending larger nymphs just above the bottom.
Always carry a hook sharpener when fishing with nymphs. Sharp hooks land fish. Dull hooks lead to stories about the big one that got away.
Tippet Rings are practical for attaching droppers for fishing multiple flies off of one leader.
Andy Burk's Czech Nymph Leader is the perfect solution for fishing multiple nymphs.