George Daniel’s New Book: Nymph Fishing

It is fantastic. Get it!

George Daniel’s new book is simply called Nymph Fishing. But, in terms of content, it is anything but. It is full of great observations and suggestions.

Meant to be an update to the seminal Dynamic Nymphing, the new book is chock full of entries on:

  • The pros and cons of indicator nymphing and tightlining
  • His favorite gear
  • His go-to flies
  • Favorite rivers
  • Hook setting and playing fish efficiently

One of my favorite sections is when he does situational observations. He gives examples of certain fishing conditions and what he would do to fish them.

This is a book to read and re-read. I think it will be a classic. I’ve added to my list of favorite fly fishing books.

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8 thoughts on “George Daniel’s New Book: Nymph Fishing

  1. His first book is a classic. Do you have an “A-HA” takeaway from the new book that you care to share? Has he discarded a method of fishing or changed equipment preferences? Just curious what else he might cover as the first book was so detailed and in my opinion a desktop reference.

      1. But I thought George was big on weighted flies. If you don’t hear them, then you’ll have to wrap lead around the shank when thing the flies.

        1. Depends on the conditions. At the clinic, he explained why weightless flies in certain conditions are the right call.

          1. Sure. There are going to be conditions when the trout are moving up and down the column (when feeding on submerged spinners, for example), and a lightly-weighted fly is more appropriate for this scenario. On the other extreme, there are going to be conditions when trout are holding low and deep (during spring run-off when the current pushes them to bottom or edges of pools, for example) when a weighted fly is necessary to get down to them. And there are all sorts of in-between conditions, as well (for example, what if the water temperature climbs a bit in early-spring conditions, and there is a hatch? An dropper tied at the appropriate height to match an emerger becomes useful here.)

  2. I have a copy, have only skimmed it; my mind is on saltwater right now, but initial impression is that this book is full of good info, not a regurgitation of what’s already been covered.

    His first book is something I’ve revisited often, each time it makes a bit more sense.

    If starting out, get both.

    1. I agree. It reads and looks very different from the first book, in addition to quite a few new observations.

  3. Started skimming my copy. Quite a few kernals of knowledge in the picture narratives. Don’t skip over them!!! Great addition to my library and well worth the price.

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