04-12-2014, 05:06 PM
Re: Cascading (i.e. Dropping/Ganging) Nymphs
Originally Posted by Rip Tide
When I was a kid, I learned to fish the way my grandfather fished and that was with a "cast" of 3 traditional winged wets.
You wouldn't dead drift them, they were actively fished either up and across on a tight line or down and across with a wet fly swing.
Either way the idea was to take advantage of the fact that your flies were in different levels of the water column and not try to fight it.
The "point" fly was the anchor, and along with the first dropper held the "cast" in the current. With the second dropper or "bob" fly you'd try to dap on or near the surface, making the flies dance.
We used long leaders and the flies were spaced by maybe 10"-12" on dropper loops.
Cast with a wide open loop, there are very few tangles
I read about this rig about four years ago in some FF mag and decided to give it a try for a season. It worked pretty well once I got the hang of casting it and learning to get the top fly to 'dance.' On the down side, many of the fish I hooked would make a mess of the rig during the fight rolling around. Many times I had to cut the rig apart just to get the fish untangled. Then spend six or seven minutes retying the thing. Which is the number one reason I stopped fishing the thing.
However, I did pull this system out last fall one time when absolutely nothing else I tried worked, and hooked up 5 browns on six casts, all on the swing. All took the middle fly, which counter-intuitively, seems to produce the least number of tangled messes during a fight.
Back to the OP, generally I fish a single nymph on a hopper/dropper rig, but on the rare occasions that I fish a bobber rig, I fish two, about 18 inches apart, a BB shot about 12 inches above the first fly, if necessary. Mostly I fish this rig just to figure out what they are hitting and the depth. once the fish tell me which fly is more enticing, I either go back to one bug, or tie on a twin.
"Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark