Thoughts on Euro Nymphing – Oct 2018

For the past couple months a lot of customers have been coming to the shop asking about European Nymphing, or Czech style nymphing – and for good reason: it’s a lot of fun and a very productive way to catch fish. I got turned onto the idea after hearing about it from local fly tyer Tony Torrence and watching Modern Nymphing: European Inspired Tactics which is a really great watch for anyone wanting a visual introduction to the technique. Since we’ve had so much interest in this method of fishing I thought I would share some of my insights. For anyone wanting an introduction to the technique please check out Introduction to Euro Nymphing from Vail Valley Anglers.

My preferred setup is a 10’0 or 10’6 3wt – there a few options including the Redington Hydrogen, Cortland Competition, and Echo Shadow 2. I went with the 10’0 3wt Redington Hydrogen and I paired it with the Airflo Euro Nymph line. For my leader I follow Devin’s formula (picture below) from Modern Nymphing with a couple variations. I use 8’ of 20 lb Maxima Chameleon, 3’ of 15lb Maxima Chameleon, 2-3’ of 11lb Rio Two-Tone Indicator Tippet (this is your sighter), followed by a tippet ring (I use the steelhead rings because trout is just too small). From this point I use 3-6’ of 4x Powerflex down to a terminal tippet ring at which point I tie 18” of 5x or 6x Fluoroflex to my weighted tungsten beaded nymph. Sometimes I’ll fish a two nymph setup with a 5” piece of 3x Fluoro tied off the terminal tippet ring. As far as reels go you want a somewhat heavy reel that will help counterbalance the extra length of the rod.

Devin's Formula
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Devin’s Euro Leader Formula from Modern Nymphing.

My thoughts:

For someone who hasn’t done a ton of nymphing this style of fishing was fairly easy to pick up and almost immediately I had success. I was catching fish in water that I didn’t realize fish were holding in, or water that I would have passed over. And I was catching bigger fish that I would have previously spooked after a few false casts. And this is the main reason I think this style of fishing is addictive – the approach is stealthy. By virtue of using a weightless line, no indicator and a longer leader you’re eliminating a lot of the disturbances between you and the fish (no line hitting the water, no false casts overhead, and no indicator yanking out of the water when going to recast). I also like that I can go from deeper pockets and pools to shallow riffles without changing my setup. I simply lower or raise my arm to get my nymphs at the depth I want. It really opens up a lot of water this way. And truly I mean you can fish a 6 foot deep pool and a 2 foot riffle with the same setup and not worry about snagging. Along those same lines you can dissect sections of water more precisely. You can really fish every inch of water no matter the depth or speed with this technique.

The one downside to Euro style nymphing which is also an upside is that you essentially eliminate most of your casts. Instead of doing 3 or 4 false casts to get your fly in position you do a quick tension cast upstream or maybe 1 false cast and let your nymphs drop. If you enjoy fly fishing for the art of casting or just like bombing deep shots, this might bore you. But the upside to this minimalist approach is that you’re less likely to scare bigger smarter fish from false casting (that might have spooked after your first drift through).

Finally, the takes are awesome – I think this approach has made me a better fisherman because most of the takes I am noticing are tactile rather than visual. Yeah it helps having the two tone tippet as an indicator and for the most part that is what i’m watching with my drifts but 85% of the time I am feeling the strike before seeing any hesitation in my line. I feel more connected to my nymphs and more in sync with the drift in real time. And I am paying closer attention to any tactile movements with my line rather than just visual disruptions.

If you are keen to nymphing and want to up your nymph game I definitely recommend trying this method out and for the guys are dry fly purists – this might also change how you feel about nymphing.

A few of my favorite patterns for Euro Nymphing – Don’t be afraid to fish heavy!

Top Flies (12 and smaller): Pat’s Rubber Legs, Brillon’s Lucent Jig, Heavy Metal worm, San Juan Worm, Prince nymph, Mega Prince.
Terminal Flies (10 and larger): Hare’s Ear Jigged, Brillon’s Lucent Jig, Mega Prince Jigged, Prince Jigged, Jigged CDC Pheasant Tail Tungsten, Mckees Tungsten Rubber Legs.

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A Mckenzie River Redside caught on the Euro Setup.

-Garrett Chappell

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Jay’s Steelhead Super Bugger Swing-Jig Fly Tying Video

In this video, Jay ties a Steelhead Super Bugger Swing-Jig. He finishes the fly with an optional Laser Dub enhancement that adds a little more color. This fly can be cast, stripped, and swung, or fished under an indicator for Summer and Winter Steelhead.

Jay's Steelhead Super Bugger Swing Jig

Jay's Steelhead Super Bugger Swing-Jig

Jay’s Steelhead Super Bugger Swing-Jig

Hook: Gamakatsu 60 degree jig #2
Thread: Danville’s 210D Black
Eyes: Double Pupil Lead Eyes Medium Black with Fl. Chartreuse and Black
Tail: Fish Hunter Marabou Spey Blood Quills Fl. Blue
Body: Wire Free Synthetic Fox Brush Black
Flash: Krystal Flash (Smolt Blue) or Ice Wing
Laser Dub Enhancement: Senyo’s Laser Dub Fl. Hot Orange

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Two Fly Friday October 6th 2018


The Caddis Fly Angling Shop’s 11th annual Two Fly Tournament kicks off this Friday. In the shop today 10% of sales will go to The McKenzie River Trust. Over the years the tournament has raised over $80,0000 for the trust.

This year we have some fantastic sponsorships from Patagonia, Richardson Caps, North Fork Public House and Koffler Boats. We have had prizes donated by Echo Rods and Costa Sunglasses.

Please stop by and stock up today for a good cause. We have a full array of must have fall flies, new fall Patagonia shirts and jackets in stock along with all the rest of your fall fishing and fly tying needs.

Tonights festivities include Hideaway Bakery’s wood fired oven pizza and Oakshire Brew. Tonight, teams will draw guide assignments and strategies for Saturday fishing will be made. Each boat will be looking for the best three fish total length score of rainbow and cutthroat trout. Each angler is allowed to score with two flies.

Stay Tuned for this years results!

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October Fly Patterns for Local Waters

Fall fishing has been superb for trout on the McKenzie and Willamette. Steelhead fishing has also picked up considerably on both rivers. Below are some patterns you should have in your box this time of year.


Purple Para Rooster- An all around mayfly imitator the Purple Rooster Parachute does a nice job of imitating Mahogany Duns, Lesser Drakes and others. I really like this fly this time of year but will pull it back out during March Brown time as well.


Rusty October Caddis- The high floating Rusty October Caddis imitates October Caddis and other caddis species you are likely to see late in the day on our local waters.


Orange Foam Elk Hair Caddis- The classic Elk Hair Caddis with an Orange body has worked for the last 30 years and it still does.

parachute adams

Parachute Adams- Key sizes are 10-16, simply a must have this time of year. Grey Drakes, blue winged olives and the mayflies are covered with this all timer.

parachute purple rooster

Bear’s Hi Vis Blue Winged Olive- An excellent Blue Winged Olive imitation. Look for more BWO’s to hatch daily as we progress into fall. Overcast days in particular this is a consistent emergence after about 2pm.

morrish's Foam October caddis

Morrish’s Foam October Caddis- More and more October Caddis are flopping around late afternoon. This hatch just gets more intense and we get deeper into October.

mercer's missing line green drake

Mercer’s Missing Link- We like the Green Drake version of the Missing link for some of the larger mayflies of fall locally. It fishes particularly well in flat water situations.

custom fall parachute

Fall Sulphur Parachute- Really not sure why this one is so good, maybe it’s the perfect mix of fall color and size tied like a parachute Adams. Last year this shop custom fly was one of our best all around dries in October.

Willamette river steelhead flies

Moal Leech – The pink and purple “mother of all leeches” is an excellent producer for steelhead in the Willamette. Sink tip slow swing, fish on!

Willamette river steelhead flies

Reverse Marabou – This simple marabou articulated pattern fishes really well in shallow tail outs. We like with with a mid range sink tip clear or type 3.

Willamette river steelhead flies

Morejohn’s Bantam – A mini intruder of sorts that fishes well on darker days. Easy to cast but still has a nice profile in the water.

Willamette river steelhead flies

Green Butt Silver Hilton – When you want to be a bit subtle out there… The water is still pretty low and sometimes a smaller fly is just the ticket. Aquaflies has tied this traditional pattern really nicely.

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The Last Cast: Native Trout-A-Thon


Explore. Enjoy. Conserve. Oregon’s Native Trout

The Last Cast: Native Trout-A-Thon is an outreach and education event hosted by Native Fish Society, Trout Unlimited, and Keep Em Wet Angling that encourages anglers to discover and share Oregon’s remarkable trout with their friends and neighbors, raise support for conservation, and promote responsible catch and release angling practices.

The Native Trout-A-Thon begins at dawn on Saturday, October 27th and wraps up one hour after sunset on Sunday, October 28th. That’s right, just 48-hours to discover Oregon’s native trout! This epic trout fishing road trip will test your skills, knowledge, and endurance as you crisscross the state catching as many different species of native trout to maximize your score and raise support for conserving Oregon’s native trout.

Before the angling weekend, participants will secure pledges from their neighbors, friends, and family to support reconnecting sea-run cutthroat trout with 13 miles pristine habitat on the Oregon Coast through the North Creek Campaign.

To participate anglers must register online, click the button below to get registered. All participants will receive Native Trout-A-Thon welcome and rule packets, a Trout-A-Thon scorecard, pledge form, stickers, a 2018 Last Cast: Native Trout-A-Thon t-shirt, and be eligible for prizes including fishing trips, Simms G3 waders, a Yeti cooler and swag, and cases of delicious craft beer.

To learn more and get registered, click HERE!




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Local TU Chapter Meets October 8th 6pm


Do you fish the Middle Fork of the Willamette? Are you curious about conservation activities occurring In the Middle Fork watershed? Join Trout Unlimited at our next meeting for a presentation from Sarah Dyrdahl of the Middle Fork Willamette watershed council.

Monday October 8, 6pm Claim 52 Kitchen 1203 Willamette st.

All are welcome

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Scientific Anglers Smooth Series of Fly Lines Videos

The world of fly lines is complex these days. Here are a few videos that discuss the merits of Scientific Anglers latest introduction of lines.

Amplitude Smooth Infinity Fly Line

Amplitude Smooth Infinity from Scientific Anglers on Vimeo.

Amplitude Smooth Trout Fly Line

Amplitude Smooth Trout from Scientific Anglers on Vimeo.

Amplitude Smooth Anadro Indicator Fly Line

Amplitude Smooth Anadro/Nymph from Scientific Anglers on Vimeo.

Amplitude Smooth Titan Long Taper Fly Line

Amplitude Smooth Titan Long from Scientific Anglers on Vimeo.

Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam Taper Fly Line

Amplitude Smooth Grand Slam from Scientific Anglers on Vimeo.

Amplitude Smooth Bonefish Taper Fly Line

Amplitude Smooth Bonefish from Scientific Anglers on Vimeo.

Here are a couple more videos making light of the science behind Sci Anglers lines.

Zonker Time, Episode 1 from Scientific Anglers from Scientific Anglers on Vimeo.

Zonker Time, Episode 2 from Scientific Anglers from Scientific Anglers on Vimeo.

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Fall Fishing Fantastic Sept 2018



It’s all happening now! Short winged stoneflies, October Caddis, Grey Drakes, Mahogany Duns and numerous other caddis species are hatching daily. Fishing is great on both the McKenzie and Middle Fork of the Willamette. We are hearing some great reports for steelhead on both rivers as well. Salmon are spawning and water temps seem to be ideal for a spike in steelhead activity.

Enjoy the Fall Fishing.


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McKenzie River Trust Fall Events – 2018

Salmon photo by Arlen Thomason

The McKenzie River Trust has a ton going on this fall and it’s a great time to participate with your local land trust. Check out a complete list of events HERE.

The McKenzie River Two Fly Tournament is October 5,6 this year and we want to invite participants and the public to our Friday night pizza pre tournament event. Ten percent all sales at the shop Friday October 5 will go to McKenzie River Trust.

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Jay’s Bull Trout Olive Sculpin Fly Tying Sculpin

In this video, Jay ties a Bull Trout Olive Sculpin. You can swing this fly, or fish it under an indicator.


Jay’s Bull Trout Olive Sculpin

Hook: Umpqua #4 S506H Jig
Thread: Danville’s 140D Olive
Eyes: Double Pupil Lead Eyes
Cement: Loc-Tite Brush On
Tail: Rabbit Strip Olive
Body: 3” Craft Fur Sand/Olive
Flash: Krystal Flash Peacock
Wing: Angel Hair Copper
Brush: Sommerlatte’s UV Foxy Brush Rootbeer/Orange

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Fall Fishing on the McKenzie









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Albacore Offshore Pacific City, September 15th 2018

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This will be a very brief report.

The essentials:
Date: 9/15/18
Dory: Fly Meister Breaker Dory
Capt: Kevin FergusonAngler Guest: Jay NIcholas
Distance offshore: ~30 + miles
Sea Surface Temp: ~ 62-63 Farenheit
Weather: Sloppy rough, South wind, lots of rocking and rolling
Albacore boated; enough to make for a very enjoyable day
Albacore size: these were the smallest tuna we’ve ever encountered, still very much fun, especially on #10 rods
Rods fished: Echo Bad Ass Glass #10 and #12
Reels Fished: Hatch Finatic #9 & #11 (gen ? – old as dirt)
Lines fished: Airflo and Hatch Big Game Depthfinder (400 and 500 gr)
Leader: Rio Fluoroflex #25; Hatch Professional Fluorocarbon #25
Flies fished: Hollow Deceiver (9-10 inch); Mexican (5 – inch red, yellow, and green tube)
Fishing note #1: we only saw two tuna bust the surface, and these were 50 ft ahead and 30 ft off the port bow (we hooked up a quad seconds later)
Fishing note #2: we hooked all tuna on the troll, flies produced 2/3 of fish hooked
Fishing note #3: only one hookup was a single; the rest were from double, triple, quad, and one quint
Fishing note #4: we had as many tuna lost as we boated, many tangled lines, and a lot of fun
Fishing note #5: we had one incident of (redacted)

I am grateful to have been the guest of my friend Kevin, who singlehandedly executed the trip preparation and clieanup.

Thank you Kevin, the day was a great joy I’ll not forget.

Jay Nicolas, September 18 2018

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Great Willamette River Clean Up – Saturday October 6th 2018

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The Great Willamette Clean Up is a river-wide, community day of action. Volunteers participate by canoe, kayak, SUP board, raft, motor boat, drift boat, bike, and foot to free our river of trash and debris while improving habitat and community spirit along the way.

Cleanup sites are posted throughout the basin, and are searchable via on-line registration. Several regions host post-cleanup celebrations that include lunch, local frothy beverages, raffles, gifts and “trash-talk.” You won’t want to miss this! Click HERE to register.

2018 GWCU Poster FINAL

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Jay’s Black Death Dragon Tail Fly Tying Video

In this video, Jay goes over a relatively new product from Hareline Dubbin – Mangum’s UV2 Dragon Tails. These come in two sizes (small and large) and they are great for predator fish in both freshwater and saltwater environments (Bass, Pike, Muskie, Tarpon, Roosterfish, etc). Jay has used these to fish for Black rockfish and Lingcod. They add a lot of action to your fly and without adding a ton of weight. The full 7″ length is great for hooks 3/0-5/0, whereas with smaller hooks, we recommend you cut the tail back a bit. Enjoy!

Jay’s Black Death Dragon Tail

Hook: SC17 2/0
Thread: Black 210D Flat Waxed Danville’s Thread
Cement: Loc-Tite Brush On
Tail: Black Dragon Tail
Brush: EP Craft Fur Brush Black on Black
Fibers: EP 3D Fibers Red
Eyes: Hareline Eyes 3D Holo Super Pearl 5/16

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Striper Fishing in Duxbury Mass. – Sept 13, 2018


My first striped bass experience could not have been more fun. Despite a bit of rain, my old pal Pete Scott had us in fish for most of the day. We started a bit slow, learning the strip and sink rate, changing a few flies but we got into fish, and then we really got into fish on the surface with poppers. It was an absolute blast catching 18-23 inch stripers on the surface. We found birds, and fish busting bait, then it was just a matter of getting your fly near the packs of willing stripers. It was an absolute kick. Today was the pre fishing day for tomorrows Duxbury One Fly Tournament. Another report to come.




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