First, I will readily admit that I caught fewer trout this year than I have in past years. This, despite the fact that I think I spent as much or more time on the water than I have in previous years. Blind fishing with a nymph rig and a strike indicator is very effective, and if you want to pull on trout, learning the 3-D game of fishing flies well below the surface is indeed an art in and of itself. I'd be the last person in the world to deny that. And I’ll also admit that there were days when I got skunked, and almost broke down and reached for the bobber. But I didn't. To be clear, I used nymph patterns often in the past year, but I either fished a dry-dropper rig, swung wet flies, or, on occasion, sight-casted at trout in skinny water with a single nymph.