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"Advanced Nymphing Techniques"

with Jason Randall


The recent innovations in nymphing techniques – Czech, Polish, Spanish, French – can leave you feeling confused and nostalgic for the days when an indicator, a split shot and a nymph were all you needed. The European  “tight line” systems, derived from competitive angling, are surprisingly simple and effective in our local waters. New contact techniques focus on getting the flies to the strike zone and improving strike detection, but do you know when and how to use each method? Our April program discusses these new methods but also offers improved strategies for flotation style indicators. To help us demystify all this, we welcome back Jason Randall. 



   Jason has been an outdoor writer for the last fifteen years with feature articles appearing regularly in American Angler, as well as Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, Northwest Fly Fishing and many other outdoor magazines. Jason was born in Morris, Illinois, a small rural town in the north-central part of the state. His father introduced him to fishing, hunting and camping and his growing love of the outdoors led Jason to become an Eagle Scout when he was just 15. He attended veterinary school at the University of Illinois, served in the Army and then moved to Woodstock to start his practice. He is not only a veterinarian, but a veterinarian certified in fish health and medicine.  He is also a member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Freshwater Science. 


   Jason picked up a fly rod in 1983, but with no guidance or instruction, became frustrated with fly fishing and casting and didn’t handle a fly rod again for almost a decade.  It was, during a Colorado vacation, that a friend suggested they go fly fishing. Fortunately they hired a guide who gave them casting instruction and solid, accurate advice. After these brief, though valuable lessons, Jason proceeded to catch several native trout and this experience, says Jason, hooked him on fly fishing for life. And “hook him” is an understatement.


   Jason proceeded to not only study and learn fly fishing, achieving great success as thoroughly and quickly as few others have, but he also became adept at communicating the knowledge he gained. For the last twelve years, he has been an outdoor writer with feature articles appearing regularly inAmerican AnglerFly FishermanEastern Fly FishingNorthwest Fly Fishing and many other outdoor magazines. 

In 2012, Stackpole/Headwater books released Jason’s first book, Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents.  This book studies and explains the effect of current on trout, their prey species and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and requires adjustments to improve nymph fishing success.  


   Jason’s second book Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat,was released in August of 2013.  This valuable book focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trout’s feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout. And in 2014, the third book in his publisher’s “Fly Fisher’s Guide” trilogy was released -- Trout Sense: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smellwhich offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek.

   In 2017, Jason joined Luminaries Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Ed Jaworowski and many others on the TFO National Advisory Team. In 2017-18, Jason will appear and present at shows, clubs and events throughout the North America. To learn more about this bright, professional and accomplished fly fisher (and fish-whisperer), go to: