Podcast: Angle and Approach — Tight Line Skills Series, #1

by | Jan 16, 2022 | 8 comments

 The Troutbitten Podcast, Season Two, is available everywhere that you listen to your podcasts.

** Note **  The Podcast Player, along with links to your favorite players is below.

With season two of the Troutbitten podcast, I’m introducing a new format. It’s a mini-series of connected episodes that build out a set of specific tactics. This is what I call a Troutbitten Skills series, and it’s something we’ll do again in future seasons too. The topic for this first skills series is the Nine Essential Skills for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing, and I’m joined by my friend, Austin Dando.

(Season three will return to my full panel of friends, with longer form discussion about all things fly fishing.)

These episodes are short, deeply tactical and packed with the how-to of just one technique — a tightly focused look at one topic. Each episode is intertwined or woven together with the others that surround it. By the end of this skills series, you’ll have a detailed picture of the tactics — and hopefully a thorough understanding of what’s possible on the water.

Think of a Troutbitten Skills series as a course in one topic or one aspect of fly fishing, with different sections that eventually build a full set of knowledge.

Nine for Nine

If you’re a Troutbitten regular, then you know that I recently published the last chapter in the nine skills essential for tight line and euro nymphing. Now, we’re taking each of these skills and building a podcast around them. It’s a chance flesh thing out a little more and reach anglers on a different level, with a different format, to enhance the sharing and learning. The article series and the podcast series go hand in hand.

READ: Troutbitten | The Nine Essential Skills for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing


Tight line and euro nymphing is very popular right now. Because it’s an efficient system, and it’s fun. But tight line and euro nymphing is misunderstood too. The many different rigs and methods of casting or delivery are what make all of this so interesting, but it’s what leads to confusion and mistaken concepts about what this is and how to get it done.

Also, there’s already an abundance of beginner level material out there. Anglers are ready for more. You want the details. I believe these episodes are for everyone, but they’ll probably connect most with the intermediate and advanced angler.

These nine skills are critical — they are the foundation for everything else that we do with a Mono Rig — all the indy styles, dry dropper, streamer fishing, etc.

Lastly, understanding these skills in depth is what allows the advanced angler to make decisions to adapt their own rig and discover their own variations on the tactics.

Episode One of this skills series is about angle and approach.

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READ: Troutbitten | The Nine Essential Skills for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing
READ: Troutbitten | Category | The Mono Rig
READ: Troutbitten | Angle and Approach
READ: Troutbitten | One Great Nymphing Trick

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Episode two of season two is coming soon. Thanks again for your support, everyone.

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Hi. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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  1. Awesome first episode for the nine skills. On my home water, working upstream and within two rod lengths makes for some exciting sight fishing. When casting up two rod lengths and across one, are you casting in line with with your target seam, or casting straight from you to it? What side of the triangle does your rod tip follow?

    • Interesting question. I think I understand, but I had to think on it for a while.

      I do not reach to cast.

      So, I cast TO the spot, tuck my fly into the target and then immediately put my rod overtop of the same seam (hence, the over one rod length).

      That’s why I like this question — because it addresses something important. We need to put the rod tip in leading position immediately after the power stroke on the forward cast. Neat point.


      • Thank you Dom. That is exactly what I was trying to ask.

      • Great pod ,so if I’m understanding this the line is 90degrees to the rod hence 1rod length from our rod hand.Thanks Pete

        • Hi Pete.
          Thanks for listening.
          But no, not really. That means the fly would land right under your rod tip. It shouldn’t at all.
          Don’t complicate it too much. Look upstream and find a place that is about twenty feet upstream and over from that ten feet. Then land your fly there. Use the rod tip to drift the fly back in one seam.
          Make sense?

          • Yes thanks I guess the point I was making was over a rod length from your tip or 1 rod length from where we stand.Thank you for response.Pete

  2. Damn Dom, this series is the gift that keeps on giving. I must have listened to it all the way through 10 times over the last year. Everything couple of weeks when I start thinking I have things dialed in, I listen again. The more I learn on the water the better I understand what you guys are explaining which makes it painfully clear just how deficient I am at all of these skills. Seriously it’s some powerful stuff. You and Austin hit it out of the park.

    I can wait until I get proficient enough at these skills that I can move unto the dry dropper series.

    • Thanks, Matt. Glad to hear that you connect with the material. Cheers.


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