Proper Nymph and Fly Presentations Needed to take Trophy Fish

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NY & Mass Spring Nymphing
March 30, 2006
by Walt Geryk

Act like a Fly

If you think about how a fly naturally acts, then make the artificial act that way, naturally, then your presentation is excellent and your success rate will increase.

Think like a Fish

This may not be as easy at it sounds because we all like to make things more difficult then they actually are. Keep it simple, fish like to eat and oh yes, they do have a memory, so play off that. With the combination of a good presentation while thinking like an opportunistic fish, this usually relults in "Fish On"!

Will Mother Nature help us out ?

The Northeast is in desperate need of rain or snow! Most rivers and streams here in Western Mass and New York are at mid-summer lows which could have an adverse effect on the stocking programs and how the season will progress. Patience, it's still early and a lot can happen over the next few weeks to help out this situation.

Except for some isolated areas of minimal snow pac, bulbs are starting to pop through. What little that is left is going fast both in New York and Massachusetts. Not considering the April rains that may be before us, we currently have some fishable flows throughout the northeast where the Salmon River and Deerfield Rivers are located and shaping up nicely.
As the days grow longer, so do the stone flies of the northeast. There are many excellent books of reference available, but there is no better knowledge of first hand, on the water experience to know the when and where to use these sub-surface patterns.

Time to get out your boats and canoes fro the area lakes and ponds. Try pulling streamers over warmer bars, near shore lines and drop off areas bordering shallows.
My guess is that the rivers won't be to far off the normal mid to late april and later stocking times.
Outstanding trout fly fishing usually starts to be consistent by the third week of May, but that's not to say you won't be successful earlier than these normal times.

Have Walt assist you with any of your fly fishing related questions,
like equipment and line choices, tactics and techniques and lodging.
You can also review archived Neff-News Letters for more information.

"Always Leave the Water a Better Fly Fisher"

"An accomplished trout fly fisherman may make a fair Steelheader,
but a good Steelheader will make even a better trout fly fisherman."


New York's Salmon River Region Spring Season is here!
There are good numbers of all size fish spread throughout.
Snow Depth: currently there's 2 to 8 inches in isolated areas of Tug Hill.
Keep an eye on my reports page for changes in water and fishing conditions.

Western Massachusetts' Rivers are in great shape.
We should be in for another outstanding season, as soon as we see a consistent rise in water temps.


Planning your 2006 fly fishing trip, call now to reserve your dates.
Now booking for New York's and Massachusetts's Spring / Summer / Fall Seasons.

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Preserve Your Trophy

Don Trump Jr. with a Spring  Silver Bullet, Caught and Released, while fishing with Walt Geryk.

Carry a camera and a measuring tape then use the formula, which is fairly accurate, the weight = (length X girth X girth / 800 = lb.) and this should give all the info needed for bragging rights without over stressing the fish. Once you land that trophy fish of a lifetime, it's your choice to kill and have mounted and no one should condemn you for your decision, but there is a better option. You can send a high quality photo and measurements to a professional taxidermist where they can make a reproduction of the fish that you released.

Planning on releasing a fish, then handle it as little as possible and return into the water ASAP! Don't hang it from the gill plate, keep the fish in a natural position as possible, horizontal. When releasing the fish be sure to be facing it upstream in slower moving water, this may require some moving of the fish slowly forwards and back to help the flow of water through its gills, take your time for proper revival, which can take up to 8-10 minutes. You'll know when the fish is ready as it will have good balance and will start on it's own to pull away from your hands.

For more information on these fisheries, give me a call.
Good luck and have fun.

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