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Dynamic Nymphing

with George Daniel

    A style of nymph fishing has been gaining in both popularity and practice for the last decade, and today it is actually becoming one of the most popular and most discussed forms of fly fishing. It is often called European Style Nymphing, or “ESN” for short. It is also known as nymph fishing without an indicator. Not only is it becoming more popular, it is also being proven often as more effective than “indicator nymph” fishing and, according to many, it is also more satisfying to fly fishers everywhere. This month we are going to learn the difference between traditional tight line nymph fishing and ESN, variations of ESN, e.g. Czech vs. French, where to and where NOT to use ESN and its strengths and its weaknesses. We will be shown and learn the tools and rigging for ESN, favorite flies, the casting approach and line control principles.

    The person who will be doing all this is definitely qualified. George Daniel has been making a name for himself among fly fishers for the past decade, but his name and teaching abilities exploded with the recent publication of his very successful book, Dynamic Nymphing, with the book’s forward being written by our very good friend (and expert British angler), Charles Jardine.  

    George began fly fishing at age six in Potter County, Pennsylvania. Growing up along a native brook trout fishery designated as a “kids only section” and, being the only kid in the village who fished, George was able to fly fish and practice a lot, so he developed a passion for it. Through his early teens, much of his fly fishing knowledge was self-taught. However, when George was 14, his family relocated to central Pennsylvania, where, at a local fly shop, he found himself talking to his fly fishing idol, Joe Humphreys. Joe kindly took George under his wing and began providing him with his first, formalized fly fishing instruction. When George was just 16-years-old, Joe began to provide instruction on all levels, e.g. the basic cast to advanced nymphing casts. George credits Joe for the bulk of his knowledge, but also graciously acknowledges many national and international fly fishing professionals who have worked with him during the past.

    When George went off to a university, he didn’t stray very far from the lovely streams of his home state. In fact, he didn’t stray at all. George attended Lock Haven University, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, also in the central part of the state and where he earned a degree in natural resource management.

        Later, in 2005, George had an opportunity to try out for Fly Fishing Team USA in Bend, Oregon. After qualifying for the team, George had the opportunity to compete in six World Fly Fishing Championships, coach both the US Youth Team and Fly Fishing Team USA in four World Championships.  During this time, George has had an opportunity to travel the globe and learn from many of the best anglers in the world. George is a two-time US National Fly Fishing Champion and was ranked as high as 5th in the world. Currently, George is head coach for Fly Fishing Team USA.       

    George’s true passion is in fly fishing education. He appears at clubs and fly fishing shows around the country, giving lectures and conducting clinics and seminars. He also logs more than 200 days a year on trout waters near and far. George and his wife Amidea bought and restored an old home along his favorite trout stream, and it is here where they spend many hours with their two children walking along the banks, throwing stones and sometimes even catching a fish.

    George is not only the author of the best selling book, Dynamic Nymphing but he has also published articles in Fly Fisherman, American Angler and Fly Tyer magazines. Currently George is working on another book project, tentatively titled “Seductive Streamer Strategies.”

    George is a pro-staffer for a number of fly fishing companies including Simms, Orvis Fly Rods, Scientific Anglers, Smith Optics, Lamson Reels, Loon and Regal Vises.  George is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and recently joined the Fly Rod Chronicle’s Pro Staff.

    For many, this presentation will be an illuminating and fascinating examination of a new, exciting and very effective fly fishing technique. Also, George will have books with him to sell and autograph for whomever wants one. To check out more about this young, dynamic fly fisher, go to