PYRENEES FLY FISHING ZEBRA TROUT 4
The sharp teeth of the trout, and especially in the Mediterranean trout, easily cut the most resistant tippets. Neither the new copolymers nor the fluorocarbon yarn can even mitigate this problem.
I have a friend who specializes in fishing for large specimens of zebra trout. He normally places himself with his nymphs in wells that he knows perfectly well and that often provide him with large catches. I remember a telephone conversation at the foot of the river in which he was calling me as he lost large specimens of trout that broke their line. In the first call he fished with a fourteen hundredths to finish with 25% and fishing a huge trout of 84cm in length. The trout was duly measured and photographed on a hot August afternoon a few years ago.
The nymphs that I normally use are the famous pellets with the Segre, Gasolina and Verdina models. Other very effective nymph models are the hare’s ear and the pheasant, both in all imaginable models. It is very convenient for the angler to have different nymph weights and different sizes. As the Pyrenean rivers are very rough and impetuous it is necessary that the tungsten heads go from 2.3 to 3.8 even 4mm. You can also plumb the bodies of our nymphs with lead thread, but then you have to discard the tungsten balls because otherwise the nymph will not swim correctly and will have a disastrous effect underwater as if it were a dead weight or a stone . The nymph should move at a good depth, almost glued to the bottom, but with ease. This will be greatly helped by using very fine wires from 11.7mm to 12.8mm. Naturally the nymph rod should not exceed 3wt in its line.
As the Pyrenean rivers are mighty, fast and with tumultuous waters, it is convenient that the launches with the Czech Nymphing are close. 5 or 10 meters will suffice in most cases. The rod and the nymphs must work at a 45º angle, that is, the nymph rod remains in a semi-raised position in front of the fisherman while the nymph line drifts towards the riverbed, bringing the nymphs a few centimeters from the bottom of the river. It is where they will bite the brave Pyrenean trout. This detail is especially important so that the nymphs drift slanted, very inclined and reach the proper depth, that is, almost bouncing off the bottom stones, so that the trout can easily see and catch them. For this I recommend using fluorocarbon lines with 3 and 4 weight nymph rods with lengths of 10 to 11 feet, with 10.6ft and 10.8ft being common.
The advantage of nymphing is that you can fish all day with this method as Czech Nymphing is an extremely effective system for catching not only trout, but any salmonid including large Atlantic salmon.
It is a system that I am prone to avoid because despite its effectiveness I find it boring and not very interesting when compared to the beauty and excitement of the dry fly. For my taste I prefer to collect two pieces with a dry fly than triple with a nymph and specifically with the Czech Nymphing.
Another very special technique for fishing the rivers of the Pyrenees is fishing with two drowned flies upstream. This technique is very effective and was used by great fishermen in the region such as the famous fisherman El Sagal de Martinet, who fished the unimaginable with this technique. I met Sagal many years ago in Martinet and he explained to me that the hose technique was the best for catching large amounts of trout in the Segre which he later sold.
Latiguillo fishing was a system in which a short or very short fly rod was used, no longer than 2 meters with an ordinary reel with a ratchet brake and a rig mounted with two drowned flies or one drowned and the other dry. The rig is also short, a couple of meters of thick 4x, 3x or 2x nylon.
This is a technique for fishing close or very close. You fish upstream and you don’t have to be a good caster with a fly rod, since the rod is very short and heavy (those of those days) and the reel was only used to store the fishing line that was often completely cracked. and therefore destroyed by the passing of the years and the effect of the sun and humidity.
It was usually fished upstream with the rig of two drowned flies and was thrown a few meters from the fisherman (between 3 and 6 meters) usually in the currents and behind each stone that emerges from the river waters. The rig that used to work all year round was two drowned flies made with the feather of a rooster from León or a similar gray or charcoal gray color known as the gray rig. Colors such as tobacco brown, black, body black and red, and in summer yellow, burnt orange and red were also used. The numbering of the hooks was normally 10, 12, 14.