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I'll get right to it. The new Thomas & Thomas Contact II 10'9" 3w is the best nymph rod I've ever touched, by far. I got to test this rod out west for a week straight with tons of different fishing scenarios and conditions: big water, small water, big fish, small fish, fast current, dry-drop, single dries, light bugs, heavy bugs, far casts, short casts, and wind. Lots of wind. In each of those scenarios, this rod excelled miles ahead of any other rod I've fished. I've bucketed some features that stood out, but these are pretty generalized as to what I...

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Probably the oldest question in the sport of fishing, and a frequent one I encounter is "What are they eating?" - and if you know anything about our trout friends, my answer is almost always "Whatever looks appetizing" - which is honestly probably one of the strangest concepts to wrap your head around, as the culture in fly fishing has been to find a silver bullet fly that will work for a given situation. And that, my friends, is not true. The saying "It's not the flies, it's the presentation" - is absolutely true, but comes with some caveats - I'll cover those caveats...

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Probably the most frequent question I receive is how I approach the water. This is often an overlooked part of a fishing skillset that can be crucial to your success as an angler. New water can be daunting to any angler, but this article is about something I've learned over the years of fishing lots of different waters and has helped me digest a section of water to get over any new water blues. To clarify, I am not really talking about being sneaky while you walk the bank. While that is extremely important, I will define "The Approach" as: Identifying a...

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For this week's Trutta Feed content, we'll tie the super simple Mop Fly. There are many ways to tie a Mop, but I've found this method to work the best for me over the years. It is important to understand the Mop fly, as well. Check out my other post about that topic, as it may help you on your mop journey. Read: Understanding the Mop fly   Enjoy! Nick Meloy

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An effective tactic that can be easily intermixed with your current nymph game is Floating the Sighter. I'll describe how I effectively incorporate this method into my arsenal, and why I do it. What is floating the sighter? It's an upstream contact nymphing approach with your leader & sighter suspending your nymphs. This method, when applicable, extends your drifts longer than a traditional tight-line approach, makes windy days more feasible, and creates a real nice drift, as it is my favorite upstream nymphing tactic to employ. While you may not convert your entire system to floating the sighter, having it in your arsenal may...

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