published November 2, 2010 by Ben Adams

Fly Fishing a Double Rig

Effective January 1, 2010, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission changed the fishing regulations to allow the use of multiple hook points in Catch and Release areas of the White and Norfork Rivers. This has been interpreted to allow the use of droppers. This is not to say that I have not fished droppers previously.

In fact, I have been fishing them for over twenty five years. I first used them for bream fishing. I would tie a bream killer below a popper when targeting bedding bream. It is a killer combination. A year or two later, when I began making an annual pilgrimage out west to fish the storied streams in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Oregon, I noted that the standard rig out there was a small nymph suspended below a large dry fly. I eagerly adopted this technique.

I remember sight casting to a huge Yellowstone cutthroat with a small brassie dropper on a red humpy. He slammed the brassie on the first drift. At a fat twenty three inches, it is my personal best Yellowstone cutt and I still remember the take.

I frequently fished double soft hackles and grasshoppers with a small nymph suspended below when I was outside of Catch and Release sections. The only thing that prevented me from fishing doubles more often was the fishing regulation that did not allow their use in Catch and Release water, where I do most of my fishing. Now, with the recent change to allow their use everywhere, I am fishing them a lot. The most common ways that I fish droppers are double soft hackles, double nymphs or a nymph suspended below a dry fly.

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