The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > Fly Fishing in the United States > Southeast U.S.

Southeast U.S. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Post fishing reports, ask for information, discuss this area...

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By dean_mt

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 01-06-2013, 11:59 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: jacksonville nc
Posts: 59
flysean will become famous soon enough
Default fishing a dropper

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

i just started fishing two flies this past year but it was two nymphs not a dry and a dropper. so saying that i am wondering what size dry fly should be used if i am using say a 14 or 16 prince nymph or i can't see using a 18 adams or something like that cause the weight will bring down the dry. and two how do you keep the dry floating when say the fly is in faster water. you guys give great advice to this newbie and i thank you for it .
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 01-06-2013, 12:53 PM
dean_mt's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Western Montana
Posts: 2,996
dean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond reputedean_mt has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: fishing a dropper

The fly you choose to use on top of a dropper rig is dependent on a few factors. When deciding on the pattern to use to suspend your dropper nymph consider the weight of the dropper and kind of water you are fishing then choose a pattern to match that. A small #16 prince dropper fished on relatively calm water may only need a well hackled #12 dry fly like a Wulff, humpy, or even standard Adams. I like to use a stimulator for the top fly, it floats high, is visible and is effective in small to large sizes.

When fishing a dry/dropper rig you are always fishing one of the flies as you primary and the other as a secondary fly to add to your odds. You will either be presenting the dry where you think a fish will rise and take it or cast where you can get the nymph to drift where you want it. Rarely will you be able to present both flies in a prime spot simultaneously. With that in mind, you will have to decide what is most important at the moment.

If you are primarily fishing the nymph but want a dry for the indicator and random chance at a rise, match the size and buoyancy of the top fly to the nymph. If you are fishing more with the dry but also want the extra chance of a hook-up on the nymph then choose the size of nymph that won't pull your dry under.

As far as using a double dry rig in order to locate a small fly, just use something that is visible but makes sense on the water! If you are primarily fishing a #18 dry because that is what the fish want, then you don't want to tie it 8 inches behind a big foam hopper or chernobyl ant which will scare away trout feeding on a hatch of small insects. Use a something that you can see but is as unobtrusive as possible, maybe that is a #14 parachute with a nice white post you can see, maybe you can get away with a visible #16 caddis. The point is to use as little as possible as your indicator fly in this situation.

Good luck!
mikel likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 01-08-2013, 05:53 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 332
Red Owl has a spectacular aura aboutRed Owl has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: fishing a dropper

I'd go with a #12 dry and one that floats well like those mentioned. You can tie the dropper line of the nymph to the hook bend on the dry. That allows you to take off a nymph and change dropper length or nymph pattern fairly easy.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 01-08-2013, 06:21 PM
williamhj's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Denver CO
Posts: 2,653
williamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond reputewilliamhj has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: fishing a dropper

As Dean mentioned, a stimulator is a great dry to use. Effective and all that hair and hackle floats well. If fish are hitting terrestrials then foam flies are great to use for the dry. A foam hopper will float weighted nymphs well. If you want something smaller a foam hopper can be effective.
__________________
- William Jensen
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dropper problems jor fly General Discussion 16 03-20-2012 05:01 PM
Dropper setup 50fish General Discussion 7 02-28-2012 11:36 AM
Rigging up a dropper two_nymph_rig General Discussion 8 03-22-2010 05:59 AM
dropper-dropper liv2fish General Discussion 2 05-06-2008 11:33 PM
How to tye a dropper Reactor General Discussion 5 02-27-2007 12:38 PM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.