EP018: George Daniel – Dynamic Nymphing Techniques, Approach and Equipment

“Good technique is 80% of what it takes to catch trout while using nymphs”

– George Daniel

George and his kids on the creeks of central PA

George Daniel began fly fishing at the age of 6 in Potter County, PA, a remote region filled with wilderness and beautiful brook trout. By age 14, George’s family relocated to PA’s limestone region, which contained the state’s best trout fisheries. By the age of 17, George was travelling throughout the state, seeking lessons from expert anglers. By age 21, George had learned from the best anglers in the NE, including his mentor Joe Humphreys. Out of curiosity and with the support of his wife, George began entering local and national fly-fishing competitions.

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He earned a spot on Fly Fishing Team USA and remained on the team for 7 seasons. Also during that time, George was on the US Youth Fly Fishing Team’s coaching staff, including two years as head coach. George’s real motivation to compete was to travel the world and learn from world-renowned anglers to develop a global approach.  In that brief period, George had success by winning back-to-back US National Championships and placing in the top 5 in the 2006 World Fly Fishing Championships. Eventually, competitive fly-fishing took its toll, so George retired at age 32 to spend more time travelling with his family and to focus on fly fishing education.

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George is a former manager of the TCO State College Fly Shop and now owns and operates Livin On The Fly LLC- a guide/educational service company located near State College, PA. George remains involved with the US Youth Fly Fishing Team as well as writing and conducting fly fishing clinics/presentations across the country. He recently became a contributing editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine. His first book, Dynamic Nymphing has become a best seller. Currently, George is working on a second book project titled “Strip-Set” which will be released September 2015. George lives along the banks of his favorite trout stream with his wife, Amidea and their two children.

 

Show Notes:

Rio Euro Nymph Leader

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George and I discussed several different rod options for tight line nymphing.  The ones we like a lot are the

Echo Shadow II

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Model Water Length Line Wt. Pieces Handle Action Price
SH3100 (New) 10’0″ 3 4 A FAST-ISH $249.99
SH4106 (New) 10’6″ 4 4 A FAST-ISH $249.99
SH2100 (New) 10’0″ 2 4 A $249.99

Redington Hydrogen Rod

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Model Water Length Line Wt. Pieces Handle Action Price
SH3100 (New) 10’0″ 3 4 A  MOD-FAST $299.95
SH3100 (New) 11’0″ 3 4 A  MOD-FAST $299.95
SH4100 (New) 10’0″ 4 4 A  MOD-FAST $299.95

Rio Indicator Tippet

TIPPET

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • opaque 2-tone sections of flourescent pink and chartreuse
  • colors create visual cue when tight line nymphing
  • The best indicator material for building sighters for European Style Nymphing

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