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Nymphing - the New Way

French leader fishing for trout

French nymphing, or European nymphing as it is often known in the US, is the most important new development in flyfishing for a generation. The use of ultra-long tapered French leaders provides huge advantages both in terms of reducing drag and dramatically improving fly presentation.

These methods, which have already revolutionised the world of competition flyfishing, are now also proving themselves to be a game-changer for the recreational fisherman.

This is the first book to explain all branches of French leader technique:

•     sight nymphing
•     short and long-range indicator nymphing
•     dry fly
•     fishing for grayling, carp and steelhead
•     masterclasses from leading experts
        Cody Burgdorff (USA)
        Julien Daguillanes (France)
        Stanislav Mankov (Bulgaria)

•     tips for fishing in all types of river and clear stillwaters in the 
       UK, Continental Europe, the USA and the Southern Hemisphere.

Use of the French leader has led to the French national team becoming the most successful team at the World Championships in recent years, winning 7 Gold, 7 Silver and 7 Bronze medals.

As opportunities to catch trout on a dry fly have become less frequent and of shorter duration, the use of modern nymphing techniques can often make the difference between a successful fishing trip and not catching fish at all.

Author: Jonathan White
ISBN: 978 1 910723 22 7
Published: September 2016
Format: 246 x 189 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 160
150 colour photographs
Price: £20.00

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Nymphing - the New Way by Jonathan White

Press reviews

Reviewed by Magnus Angus of Flyfishing & Flytying magazine in September 2016

'The more I think about this, the ideal reader for Nymphing is an angler like me, with some fishing experience, who may even have dabbled with these techniques and wants more information to get more from a fascinating and extremely influential modern style of fly fishing.

Nymphing The New Way is a timely, well written and well produced book which deserves to be widely read.'


Reviewed in Eat Sleep Fish in October 2016

'Nymphing – The New Way is the perfect introduction for the fly angler looking to add a new technique to their arsenal but it also has plenty for the nymph angler with a few seasons under their belt to gain something from.'


Reviewed in Fly Dresser Magazine in December 2016

'This is a book that will go on my reference shelf and be taken down time and again. Written in a clear and easily understood style and the technical aspects are illustrated throughout with good, clean diagrams.'


Reviewed in Fly Fisherman (USA) in February 2017

'Nymphing The New Way will help any open-minded fly fisher use specialized tools needed to tackle the most demanding trout, and take their flyfishing skills to the next level.'


Reviewed by Rasmus Oveson of Fin Chasers in August 2017

'Jonathan White has written what may very well be the most important book on nymphing in years. All in all this is an extremely useful book that will potentially take your nymph fishing to new heights. Highly recommended.'


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