Fool's nymph fishing Presentation of toc nymph fishing

Fool’s nymph fishing: Presentation of toc nymph fishing

Tack fishing has been synonymous with natural bait fishing for a long time.

The bait is either bought or picked up before the fishing trip.

During the year, the fisherman switches from traditional baits like worms and ringworms to seasonal baits such as log holders, waffles, pearls, grasshoppers, natural flies, and many more …

In recent years, fishermen have become accustomed to becoming versatile and mixing approaches and techniques. Hence the new trend of nymph fishermen using the same equipment as the top.

This practice of nymph toc is not new and many fishermen have used it for a few decades (more recent example with M PLASSERAUD and his inventions Larvor and Arvor in the early 2000s).

Although in my opinion, natural and living bait is certainly more popular than an artificial imitation, it is, however, good to have with either a few nymphs and if to try.

These same imitations that a fly fisherman uses to fish underwater can be very effective if used properly.

Generally, for a trout fisherman, the rendering of the nymphs used will approximate in shape and appearance to the natural larvae found on the bottoms of rivers.

But it is possible to create imitations of all kinds as long as it can fit into the diet of the desired fish (imitations of earthworms, ringworms, natural flies, grasshoppers, fish, etc.).

Fitch nymph fishing and its different principles:

In practice :

Fishing is reflected in the same way as And that’s where it all gets complicated because the trout will quickly know the difference between a natural prey and a lure. It will be able from the mouth to recognize by touch if the bait is organic or not. From were for us fishermen, a time of perception of touch much less than during the fishing with natural baits.

It is according to this observation that the fishing must be thought and carried out.

Two alternatives:

  • Either fish taut like knock and be able to shoe straight away on the sidelines.
  • Either fish relaxed as in natural drift and shoe concerning the line and the indications that it transmits to us.

fishing with natural bait, that is to say, we must seek to bring the bait naturally to the fish that feeds.

In the case of trout, since it spends most of its time on the bottom of the river, it is at this level that it will be necessary to place its imitations to trigger the keys.

The difference with bait fishing is that you use artificial bait.

Assembly concepts and choice of the number of nymphs to use:

According to the assembly, one or two nymphs are used.

We fish tight:

To fish taut like a fake, we will use heavy nymphs. It is they who will play a double role of lure and ballast. The helmeted nymphs with brass, lead or tungsten balls are the most frequently used. But we can also use nymphs sufficiently weighted in the underbody, with lead wire for example.

We fish relaxed:

Here, we keep the principles of a degressive sinker fishing and we tie a light nymph at the end. In general, without ballast ball. One can on the other hand use as imitation a ballasted nymph in the underbody.

The models of nymph to fish as a top nymph:

The nymphs:

  • Heavy nymphs: mounted with one or two brass/lead/tungsten ball heads, sometimes with the addition of lead wire under the body. They also exist weighted with tin or ceramic. Another possibility for ballasting is formed bodies.
  • Light nymphs: ballasted just with the only weight of the hook or the addition of a few turns of the plumb line under the body or even with a light ball at the head.
  • The pedigrees: these profiled nymphs in the shape of a narrow cone and generally ballasted at the head are covered with a resin allowing a smooth mounting on the surface and which immerses quickly.

Colors and sizes:

Rather large at the start of the season, we will choose nymphs mounted on hooks of 10 or 12. If we use a second nymph on a bracket assembly, the size should generally be smaller and a nymph size 14 or 16 will be welcome.

In summer, the nymphs used are mounted on hook 14, 16, or even 18 and two nymphs of the same property (size/weight) can be mounted as a duo.

For colors, the general rules are as follows:

  • Use the colors of the nymphs naturally found in the middle.
  • Use colors close to those observed on the bottom of the fished river.
  • Try montages with incentive colors (red/iridescent blue / iridescent green…) if the touches are rare or on the contrary during a food frenzy. This often accentuates the attacks.

Three distinctive arrangements possible:


  • With one or two nymphs, the fisherman must keep the line taut and fish by anticipating his banner without drawing too much on the line so as not to anticipate the speed of the bottom current and cause the nymph (s) to take down abruptly from their position.
  • However, a slight animation can be triggered to decide a hesitant fish, often caused at the end of casting.

Float + pupa assembly:

  • Starting from the same assembly as the previous one, one can have a removable float (Fiquet wire guide type) adjusted to the height of the layer of water prospected and practice a scanning of the water veins in the same way as drift fishing.
  • However, this fishing remains effective on rivers where the depths and currents remain homogeneous.
  • It is like a long casting fishery.

Drift fishing setup:

  • We replace the natural bait with a light nymph and we keep a degressive sinker.
  • Here, the nymph must be mounted with airy fibers such as dubbing or antron.
  • The hook should either be strong with iron or lightly ballasted with a few turns of lead or fitted with a relatively light ballast ball (and preferably covered with material) to be sure that the lure holds its place near the bottom without hanging.

 And the touch in all this?

The key can be perceived in various ways as a nymph with a knock:

Tactile or visual, they are similar to those encountered when fishing with natural bait. If you feel a knock, your float sinks or your line signals an anomaly in movement and tension, do so without hesitation because the trout will soon spit out this artificial imitation. Fish stuck in this way will often be stuck to the edge of the lips.

In conclusion :

Fishing for nymphs with a toc is another way of fishing with fake equipment without losing pleasure. Almost similar, it sharpens reflexes and is used to shoeing the sidelines at the risk of becoming disillusioned … Approaches that are fairly quick to master and implement. Besides, very useful if you have forgotten your natural bait at home!