Nowadays more subsurface flies are sold than dry flies. I believe this is due to the fact that Trout do the vast majority of their feeding below the surface and most Trout anglers find more consistent success while nymphing. That said, nothing will replace the sight of a fish taking a well presented dry fly. For those days/times when the fish aren’t cooperating with your floating fly of choice, nymphing is often the preferred method.
With the recent boom in Euro-style nymphing the fly fishing industry is seeing many new products specifically designed to improve nymphing. Rods, leaders and flies were the first products to adapt to the techniques. Recently, Cortland created a sighter material and a fly line specifically for tight-line tactics.
The new sighter material is called Cortland indicator mono. Indicator mono is available in 3 diameters and two color options, a bi-color alternating red/yellow or a single color super yellow. Joe Goodspeed @ Cortland provided the following info:
The pertinent information about the products:
[stock #] [description] [retail price is $7.95/ 20’ coil]
283817 – .012 Super Yellow
283824 – .013 Super Yellow
283824 – .014 Super Yellow
283848 – .012 Bicolor Red/Yellow
283855 – .013 Bicolor Red/Yellow
283862 – .014 Bicolor Red/Yellow
Also new from Cortland is the Competition Nymph Line. The nymph Line is available in 2 grain weights, 140 and 160 grain. The 140 is best for 2-3 weight rods and the 160 is best for 4-5 weight rods. Both are weighed at 45′ rather than the typical 30′ weighted length common to most fly lines. The competition line is also on a very thin, supple core which reduces sag and improves strike detection. These lines are great when teamed up with long nymphing rods like Sage’s ESN, Loomis’ GLX Max Czech, St. Croix’s High Stick Drifter, Echo’s Shadow, Cabelas’ CZN or Grey’s Streamflex.
Both of these products are quite new, and as such are only at a handful of dealers. A quick online search brought me no shopping results for the Indicator Mono, but the Nymph Line was available from Cabelas.com and Amazon.com. Joe @ Cortland tells me there are a few shops on the eastern half of the USA with both products in stock and some western shops with the Competition Nymph Line, but the Indicator Mono hasn’t made it out west yet. Any fly shop handling Cortland products could easily order the items you are after.
I’ve fished both the fly line and the sighter material and was impressed with their effectiveness. It’s exciting to see new innovative nymphing products made in the USA!