Sunday, February 26, 2012


One fly, two fly, three fly. For some, fishing two flies is totally new and confusing. It shouldn't be a skill that's impossible to become proficient at. It's actually quite simple and effective. On more than one occasion we've tied on another fly covertly onto a clients rig without them noticing. They are quick converts to the dropper system after a few fish. We don't use it just for nymphing. Wet flies, streamers and dry flies all get the double rig throughout the season.

Here are a few to get you started:

  • Wets: Pheasant Tail soft hackle and Hare's Ear soft hackle. This combo accounts for an impressive amount of fish per season. Orange and Partridge combined with Olive and Partridge. Yellow and Partridge combined with a Leadwing Coachman. These three are like peanut butter and jelly.
  • Streamers: Endless variety. Contrasting colors and sizes are key. Buggers and leeches. Sculpin patterns with bait fish. Two floating smelts of different sizes, spaced closely together. Zonkers in olive and black. Rubberleg concoction with a simple Black Nosed Dace for something completely different.
  • Dries: These can be really fun to fish especially in pocket water. Two large, high floating, rubberleg stonefly patterns about sixteen inches apart. Size 10 Cricket Getit with a size 16 Parachute Ant. Tying an X Caddis to a X Caddis and skating them across a run has seen some pretty impressive grabs in the past.
  • Hatching Bugs: Parachute Adams and a Klinkhammer. Powerful Juju right there. Size 14 Griffith's Gnat and a size 18 Disco Midge. X2 Caddis with a Last Call Caddis. Money.
  • Nymphs: More than enough has already been written about nymph pattern combos to choke a maggot. So with that said here are two more: Bug Eye Dragon chasing a Hare's Ear nymph. Great deep, slow pool offering.. Barr's Cranefly Larva with a purple RoJo Midge. Another set up for often ignored slow water.

Get on the two fly rig game. How else are you going to get a double?

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  1. Like I said on your facebook, I never thought of some of those combinations, always thought nymphs and eggs.
    Great article

  2. It's a never ending selection. Changing daily during the season. Thanks Greg.