Fishing Multiple Flies
By Roy Gunter
Fishing multiple flies on the same leader has always intrigued me. I formerly believed it was the smorgasbord approach. The more different flies, the better the odds to catch a fish. While that opinion still holds true to a certain degree, I have refined my opinions and techniques in regard to fishing streamers as follows:
1. Whenever possible, multiple flies should be independent of each other. This means they should be different types and/or sizes. If you fish a leach pattern, then you might combine it with a callibaetis or other nymph.
2. Large flies like leeches and minnow imitations are fished and stripped faster than nymphs, because nymph insects do not move as fast. If you have a large and small fly on the same leader, you can strip hard and fast for the large fly and also barely twitch or inch the nymph.
3. Flies should be tied so that they have the greatest movement. The dropper fly should not be tied to the turn of the hook of the first fly. Instead, tie the dropper leader to the eye of the first fly. Better yet, both flies should be tied with knots similar to a Duncan Loop which allows maximum movement. 4. I like to have the dropper tied 3 feet to 4 feet off the first fly.
5. If you are fishing one bead headed fly among multiple flies, then the bead headed fly should be the fly tied furthermost from your reel. This allows the terminal fly to move up and down between strips.
6. An exception to having the beadheaded fly last is fishing the shallows with a dry fly line. The objective is to fish nymphs approximately 6" below the water surface. The first fly should be a beadhead, such as a Copper John, and the dropper a beadhead or non-beadheaded nymph. The first fly will sink the leader with both flies stripped in slowly one inch at a time.
I hope this advice helps you catch more trout. Please telephone me with any questions or comments at 831-809-0316.
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