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George Daniel Nymphing Workshops #1 & #2 on 10/5 & 10/6, 2019, 9am-2pm

George Daniel is one of the most sought-after fly fishermen in the United States. He is best known for his expert nymphing skills and books he has written on nymphing & streamer fishing. In 2018 his latest book "Nymph Fishing: New Angles, Tactics, and Techniques" was released, it covered what he has learned in the past 7 years since he wrote his best seller "Dynamic Nymphing". He will conduct a 5 hour workshop for us (partly classroom, partly on the water) on how to be a more effective nympher- George is always experimenting & learning, so his classes evolve every year and he will cover some of the subtle nuances that separate better nymphers from average ones.

G.D. is a guide/writer/presenter nowadays, and prior to that he managed a TCO Fly Shop in State College, PA. As a teenager in central PA he was mentored by the likes of Joe Humphreys & George Harvey, and honed his skills after that as a member of Fly Fishing Team USA, competing in competitions around the world against some of the best international trout anglers. That ups your learning curve dramatically. He wrote the ultimate book on the subject, "Dynamic Nymphing", it has been a steady best seller for us, as well as his semi-recent "Strip-Set" book on streamer fishing. There are few who combine his knowledge of fly fishing & ability to teach the subject. Plus he's just a super nice guy.

Items discussed in classroom and on the water:

-Rigging/Leaders/Sighters

-Tight-Line/Euro & Indicator/Suspender Techniques

-Droppers

-Strike detection

-Reading the water

-Casting

-Presentation

-Line Control

-Making Adjustments

-Proper hook sets

-Fly Selection & Fly Design

Clinic cost is $175, 6P max, paid in advance, no refunds. This is a rain-or-shine event, so please bring a raincoat! Bring also your fishing gear, and a pen & pad to take notes. Call store at 860-379-1952 to sign up.

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