Articles With the Tag . . . George Daniel

Ask George Daniel | Floating the Sighter

During our lunch, I asked George when and why he chooses to float the sighter.

We then talked about a mistaken perception about floating the sighter. An angler may think he’s able to suspend a heavier fly with a greased sighter, just because it doesn’t sink under the surface. But the sighter may simply not be in touch with the flies. It’s an easy mistake to make.

Ask George Daniel | Drop Shot Nymphing

Drop shotting makes a lot of sense. Placing the weight on the bottom of the rig and tying in the flies above provides some significant advantages. Anyone who has tied a tag dropper somewhere above the point fly understands the effectiveness. Trout whack a tag fly riding anywhere from slightly above the streambed to mid column or even higher. They do it a lot.

I’d like to share the two most interesting points that George Daniel made about drop shotting. We got around to the subject about midway through lunch at Happy Valley Brewing Company in State College, PA.

Ask George Daniel | Nymphing Angles

I wanted to sit down with George because I knew he’d have interesting and unusual answers. George says things you don’t expect. I discovered this about him when we first met fifteen years ago, while he managed the TCO fly shop.

I wanted to dig deep into a few topics, into a few specific nuances of the tight line nymphing game. George is the mentor who helped me dial in my own understanding of mono rig tactics and all that is possible, and I knew he’d have thoughts that run as deep as we had time to dig. As usual, George’s answers were unexpected.

Streamside | George Daniel on nymphs — When in doubt, drag ’em

Fly fishing done well is a mental game, a series of tips and tricks. Those tricks are like a deck of cards, all stacked up and ready to play, ready to pull out and utilize the one that best fits the moment. Sometimes we know what card to play, and other times we stand in the river befuddled and confused. In those perplexing moments, we shuffle the deck and then choose: Pick a card — any card.

Adding cards to the deck of tricks is half the fun of this whole thing. All the good anglers I know are constantly searching for the next trick, the next clue, because a larger deck provides more options and more solutions.

Ask George Daniel | Drop Shot Nymphing

Ask George Daniel | Drop Shot Nymphing

  This is Part Two of my conversation with George Daniel, author and guide at Livin' on the Fly. We had lunch to talk about his new book, Nymph Fishing. If you haven’t yet read Part One of this short series, back up and give it a read.   Drop shotting makes...

Ask George Daniel | Nymphing Angles

Ask George Daniel | Nymphing Angles

  This is Part One of my conversation with George Daniel, author and guide at Livin' on the Fly. We had lunch to talk about his new book, Nymph Fishing. Part Two is here. And Part Three is here.   My friend Matt, with his forever smile and ponytail, unlocked...

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