04-15-2010, 12:35 PM
Re: Double Nymph Rig: Point vs Lead for Heavy Fly?
p14a, really good question!
We have deep pushy water. The lead fly, or bill board fly (think "Got milk?"), or decent fly, is to help get the fly into the laminar flow on the bottom.
Big guys like a large portion, but some think small is safe, (desert portion). The picture points out a problem though. Sometimes the small one "flags up out of "the zone". I often will add a small pinch of Loon's Deep soft weight to the droppers leader.
Using light tippet, a split shot can bruise it (cloudy color), that's right where it will break.
When you get just a shot back, you'll know.
As a guide, I'd like smooth sailing for my clients, (no tangles). With a water load cast, or roll cast, and the flies tied on in descending order of weight, we can play all day without problems. Putting a bigger fly on the bottom but several AB or BB up high, I find strange orbits can occur. Bad, bad, bad. Can't catch fish if the line's not in the water.
Master this and you'll own them!
Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.