Posted by The Trout Spot on 3/11/2014
fishing small streams or large rivers, one of the most effective ways to consistently
catch fish is using a indicator with dropper files. I prefer to use a 9 foot leader with a Thingamabober
strike indicator attached to the top of the leader. Tie your first fly at the end of the leader
and a dropper fly attached to the top fly with about 18 inches of tippet.
the river I will use a larger fly such as a San Juan Worm, Girdle Bug or even a large streamer or sculpin pattern at
the top and a smaller nymph or stonefly pattern attached at the bottom.
split shot or two about 18 inches above the top fly. For the bottom fly I prefer to use a size 16
or 18 attractor nymph such as a prince nymph or copper john. When fishing streams with a Blue Wing Olive
hatch I like to use a Mark Boname Blue Wing Olive Split Foam Emerger. You will be surprised how many large fish you
can catch on the size 16 or 18 dropper fly.
Make sure to
mend, mend, mend to keep as dead a drift as possible. I like to do a few strips when I reach the
end of the swing especially in small streams.
You can pick up a lot of fish in
many variations to this rig, I have fished it with 3 flies on some rivers and
with two split shot spread out above the top fly. Egg patterns or even colored beads can be
used also. Make sure to check your local regulations for
the number of hooks you can use at one time.
takes a bit of getting used to casting your fly line with all of this attached
at the bottom, you will find this type of fly fishing a great way to consistently
catch fish and well worth the effort in the long run.
sure to practice catch and release. Keep
the brood stock in the river. A picture
is a lot easier to clean.