Originally Posted by horseman_37601
i fish tailwaters for trout in east tennessee. usually fish 2 nymphys or midges with a indicator. is there any general guidelines for correct spacing, i know it depends on water depth, but i am looking for some general guidline??? spcaing between nymphs? spacing to indicator?
I have to say it depends on how you are using the strike indicator.
For example, are you using the indicator as a bobber to float or suspend the flies so it will "indicate" the strike?
Or are you using the indicator to show you when the flies are on the bottom and to show the the drift lane that the flies are in? The purpose of the indicator then is two fold; first to confirm that you are close to the bottom (bottom bouncing) and to indicate the strike.
The way you would weight the flies, and the positioning of the flies (heavy on top or bottom) depends on what you are trying to do.
In my opinion, it is not as simple as put the heavy fly either on top or bottom with a spread of "X" inches between each fly. Think in 3 dimensions - where the fish are holding, how fast the water is, and what kind of fly you want on top or bottom. You want to mimic what is actually happening rather than use the same rig all the time.
For example in non hatch periods, I want the heavy fly on top so that it bottom bounces, the lower fly is the lighter midge larva
and it would be hanging downstream
of the the heavier fly. I want the fish to see the fish to see the the midge larva first. This is what the fish is looking for, a midge larva that has been broken free from the bottom. And when the the line comes by you and you lift the rod, the midge larva will rise to the surface (Leisering Lift).
During hatches, I want the midge pupa
on a dropper above
a second midge pupa or larva
as the bottom fly and the strike indicator used as a bobber to suspend the rig. I place a spit shot off of dropper either BELOW the bottom fly or place the split shot between the two flies.
Note I use a midge larva near the bottom and the hatching midge pupa patterns in mid water. This is what happens during a hatch.