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Old 12-01-2009, 02:18 AM
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When doing a nymph fly fishing, how will you differentiate a strike from a fish bite to a hook hitting a rock? Oftentimes, I'm fooled by the rocks and pulling the rod early. Is there a way to know the difference between a fish bite and a hook hitting a rock?
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Old 12-01-2009, 11:44 AM
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Experience is the best way to know whether a strike is from a fish bite or from a rock bump.

Here is what I could share that might be helpful. When you see or feel a strike, don't immediately pull it. Leave it be for a moment.

The time for nymph fly fishing means that the trouts are quite lazy because of the cold, if its warm then you should be dry fly fishing. Anyway, because the trouts are quite lazy, they tend to nibble on the nymphs, unlike with dry fly fishing where they usually strike at the fly. Now when the trouts are hooked, its a fish's instinct to run away and I guess you know the pattern of how a fish trying to escape. Then that's the time to pull. This happens in just a few seconds.

With the rock, its very easy, the fly stays in just one place. So if you leave it for a second and the fly didn't move, that means you catch a gold.
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Old 12-01-2009, 03:14 PM
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In shallow waters if the nymph is beginning to sink then you might hit a rock or two but if your retrieval is consistant then you really shouldn't.

A strike will vibrate as the fish fights where as a rock is a simple pull or constant pressure. If you are unsure don't scare the fish away, do a short sharp pull to imitate the fly darting a little and see if the trout follows.
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Old 12-02-2009, 02:37 AM
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Thanks for the explanations, they really help a lot.

Is there a way that I could use in order to differentiate the two? Are floats helpful with nymph fly fishing?
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:33 AM
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Strike indicators used in fly fishing might help, but I've not got any experience with them.

I'd try getting some private tuition for an hour or two to better your skills and you'll be fly fishing like a pro in no time
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