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Troutcatcher Nymph Flies
Trout mainly feed below the water surface where they hunt on Nymphs. Insects lay their eggs on to the water surface, these then drops to the bottom where they stay until they hatch, and the newly developed immature aquatic insects (nymphs) are then food for hungry trout! There are hundreds of nymph patterns available such as the Caddis Fly, Damsel Fly and of course the fisherman's favorite, the Mayfly. Natural coloured fly tying materials are often used to create nymphs in order to help fool the fish into believing the fly is natural food. The stage beyond the nymph is the emerger; a fly tied to represent one of the natural insect's most vulnerable stages of life. As these insects hatch, and therefore emerge or suspend from the water, they hang in the water's surface, shedding it's 'shuck' or skin whilst drying its wings before taking flight. Emerger or suspender patterns therefore can be classed as Dry Flies as they sit within the waters surface. Tactics for Nymph flies include fishing the nymph along the bottom, move them slowly, occasionally give it a sharp pull as if the fly is trying to escape from a hungry fish, these movements sometimes induce a following trout to attack. Other tactics include suspending the fly under the water or, on the bottom & using a strike indicator to see the bite, especially effective on large still waters.