Salmon Fishing Method: Nymph Fishing
In very low water when the fish are tending towards staleness (a common feature of our abstracted rivers) often the only method of catching salmon is with a trout-size nymph. Pheasant-tail, famous on the Avon, and the dainty patterns devised by Thomas Clegg are both equally suitable.
The main points to study when nymph-fishing are these:
1 The shadow of the leader and the line should not travel in advance of the nymph.
2 The nymph should drift inert or draw only very slowly.
3 The nymph should drift near the level of the fish.
In the conditions described, salmon will spot a nymph dressed on a H 14 hook from several yards away and will often move in order to intercept it. They open their mouths and suck the nymph in — which means that the line really must be slack or the fish will feel the resistance.
The difficulties of playing a salmon on a trout hook are obvious. Pressure from the rod must be avoided at all costs. If the fish is constantly persuaded to run, and thus exhaust itself, the trout hook will do its job.