Fishing Two Flies with a Dropper Rig
|Fishing two or more flies on a dropper rig will often produce fish when fishing either fly alone will not.|
The fly dropper rig or system is a way to fish two or more flies at one time. Fishing two, or more, flies on a dropper rig will often produce fish when fishing either fly individually will not. There are several reasons for this increased production including:
There are two basic dropper combinations. One is the nymph/nymph (sinking/sinking)
(hopper/dropper) combo, and the other is the dry/nymph dropper. The nymph/nymph
can be fished two major ways; the heavier nymph leading (as the dropper)
or the heavier nymph trailing (as the point). Often the heavier nymph,
such as a stonefly nymph with potentially a split shot, is tied trailing
at a distance from the lead fly. The trailing distance can be tuned such
that a targeted feeding zone within the water column is reached. It will
usually take some experimentation to get the appropriate water depth.
With the heavier fly up front it is easier to get both flies deeper into
the water where fish may hold during cold weather
as an example. One common way to tie this dropper system is to make a
normal knot on the lead fly while leaving the tag end long enough for
the trailing to fly to be tied on. Another way is with an overhand knot
or a dropper knot in the main leader with the trailing fly off the loop.
Yet another way is to tie the trailing leader to the bend of the leading
Cast dropper riggings with care, as it is easy to tangle your leaders
and flies. Once tangled it is often easier to cut the rigging off and
redo it, rather than try to untangle two flies. Also cast very tightly,
as it can become unwieldy with wild casting or under windy conditions.