Fishing with a team of nymphs, or bugging, has become a popular branch of the sport of game fishing but there is a bewildering number of techniques that can be used, including the use of Czech, Polish, French and Spanish Nymphing leader styles. To help newcomers understand the key features of each type I have produced a single data sheet, which explains the differences and similarities of the more commonly used rigs, making it easier for anyone who is interested to construct their own leaders, or is just interested in gaining more concise information.

Nymphing Leaders

Note that the dropper Polish Nymphing leader is held between two knots and is joined to the parent leader by means of a special loop, which allows it to rotate and to move up and down. Furthermore, the loop end of the dropper comprises several, furled, strands of tippet which makes it stiffer and so it stands off the main leader.

The Czech and Polish methods involve suspending a team of weighted nymphs on a relatively short leader and leading them down the river so that they bounce along the riverbed. One or two droppers can be used but when there is a team of three flies the heaviest fly is normally tied to the first dropper.

Nymphing rig

Strike whenever the indicator shows a resistance to the movement of the leader.