How to free your nymph rig when it’s snagged on the bottom

No matter how you nymph, sooner or later you’re going to get snagged on the bottom. In fact, you might say snags are the price of admission for nymphing. A false positive strike isn’t necessarily a bad thing — it’s a good way to tell that you’re fishing deep enough — but then you’ve got to get the whole shebang back, often easier said than done.

Some snags are most cooperative and come free with just a little coaxing. Others, not so much. Most of the time, the worst thing you can do is start yanking and flailing the rod around like a madman — it just sets the snag deeper. Here are two tricks you can try to free your rig and get you back to fishing fast. (And you won’t go broke from having to constantly buy new flies!)


6 comments on “How to free your nymph rig when it’s snagged on the bottom

  1. Frank Miller says:

    great tip. please keep them coming

  2. Steve says:

    Nice tip!

    • Steve Culton says:

      It’s a good one for sure, and I’m surprised at the number of people who don’t know it. I learned the roll cast thing from Jim Kirtland. The walk upstream I figured out on my own as a kid.

  3. Bob Dibble says:

    I was under the impression that after snagging bottom, the mark of a skilled nympher was their ability to expertly flail like a madman whilst loudly weaving a tapestry of obscenities. Your calm demeanor sheds a whole new light on this subject and I’ll give your method a shot, thanks

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