I've been experimenting with tight line nymphing and have had good success in murky/choppy water that allows me to get close to the trout without spooking them. However I'm reluctant to use these techniques when the water clear as when casting further I feel like I get a lot of sag/drag. How far away can one realistically fish when tight light nymphing?

  • Czech nymphing rods are usually a bit longer, the one I use is 10ft long and makes it much easier to stay connected to your line without the sag. If the line is sagging then it defeats the purpose!
    – Tim Gander
    Commented Mar 25, 2021 at 8:13

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Really you are only limited by rod length. This piece covers it a bit. One alternative for fishing those conditions would be to use a striker indicator which might not exactly be tight line nymphing, but can be effective nonetheless.

  • Thanks I've found that problem with sag when fishing at distance was reduced by using a longer leader with a lighter butt section.
    – tjjjohnson
    Commented Jul 28, 2020 at 22:15
  • that will help, for sure. But it is limited to how much leader you want to have out.
    – That Idiot
    Commented Jul 30, 2020 at 0:47

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