I know that many people do not like nymphing. They get tired of throwing the junk. I get that. I also love Hank Patterson’s views on nymphing. However, fish feed as much at 80% subsurface. Taking in to account that 72% of all statistics are made up on the spot, there is a ton of feeding going on below the surface.
If you want nymphing to be a “Chuck and Duck” and stare at the bobber affair, then by all means do that. However you may want to add a little to the mix.
For example, many times when I am winter nymphing on the Bighorn, I come to a large run to nymph. Starting at the bottom of the run I begin to work the run. I love to look for smaller micro runs within that run. As you work up you may see a shelf or rock in the middle of the run. Work that area really hard. Instead of just “Chucking the junk” upstream, target that one small part of the run. Imagine how long it will take the flies to sink to that depth, where your mends need to happen and so on. Many times when you are focused on that small target you will actually see a “flash” or the fish appear out of nowhere to take your fly. To me this is much more fun and satisfying than dragging the trench.