Fly Fishing Glossary N's

Fly-Fishing can often be confusing to beginners to the sport because fly-fishermen talk and write in a strange language using words not always in standard use. To help take some of the confusion out of the terms bandied about by fly fishermen we have compiled this glossary. 

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Nail Knot: method used to attach a leader or butt section of monofilament to the fly line, and of attaching the backing to the fly line; most commonly tied using a small diameter tube rather than a nail.

Narrow Loop: term that describes what the fly line should look like as it travels through the air; a narrow loop can best be described as the letter "U" turned on its side; it is formed by using a narrow casting arc.

Needle Nail Knot: same as the nail knot except that the leader or backing is run up through the centre of the fly line for 3/16 to 3/8 inch, then out through the side of the fly line before the nail knot is tied; this allows the backing or the leader to come out the centre of the fly line rather than along the side of it as in the nail knot.

Nets: used for landing fish, available in collapsable, bow stype, boat or gye nets. They are used to stop lifting the fish on the tippet and snapping the monofilament line, hence often called landing nets.

Nomads: a range of Nomads are a range of lures developed by Rob Spiller of the Nomad fly fishing team, the recipe kept secret for as long as possible. Highly successful lures.

Nymph: immature form of insects; as fly fishers, we are concerned only with the nymphs of aquatic insects.

Nymphing: word describing fish feeding on nymphs; nymphing right at the surface can be difficult to tell from fish feeding on adult flies, careful observation should tell. This has been extended to describe styles of fising with upstream nymphing and downstream nymphing describing the fishing style f using a team of nymphs cast up or down stream or fish.

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