Legendary saxophone player, Charlie Parker said, “Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play.”
I think the same advice extends to fly fishing.
Good nymphing is both an art and a science. When an angler first dives into the nymphing game, the technical challenges (the science) may dominate. All the options for rigs and modifications may be confusing for a while. It might take years, but eventually we get comfortable enough that all the adjustments become second nature. At that point, I think art can take over once again.
ANOTHER article proving technical fishing writing doesn’t have to be dull and boring.
PA blogger Domenick Swentosky delivers a neatly packaged approach to the thought processes we go through everytime we head out nymphing.