04-12-2014, 08:39 PM
Re: Cascading (i.e. Dropping/Ganging) Nymphs
I was taught to tie a tapered leader 7.5- 9 feet long, 4x or 5x, to my flyline. I use mono 'cuz it's cheaper.
Then blood knot or surgeon's knot(easier!) 18-24 inches of 5x floro tippet to the end of the leader. Any split shot goes above this knot. No worries about the split shot dropping.
The first fly is tied on here. No telling what it might be- I try to catch fish with all of 'em. I had some fun in the last couple of years upping my leader and tippet sizes and tying on a big, weighted streamer. Caught a lot of fish on a dead drifted Slumpbuster! Either way, my biggest fly goes on first.
Then tie 12-18 inches of 5 or 6x Floro tippet on the bend of the hook. I've tested different methods, and haven't noticed a problem with this. And it's easy. The next fly goes here, smaller than the first. Usually unweighted.
Any time I tie on a 3rd fly, it's 4-6 inches MAX from fly #2. This is key. A lot less tangles this way. When nymphing, it's 6x floro, to a tiny little thing.
The fuzzy (er, indicator) goes way up close to the flyline to leader knot. Gets it away from the flies in case the fish are fuzzy shy.
Most of my casting is the Colorado Flop- the water loading method described earlier. You can get some surprising distance and accuracy this way. I've worn way too many size 20 earrings to get too fancy.
Keeping that 3rd fly up close to the second has saved me a LOT of heartache.