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Double-fly rigs: How to use this simple, effective fly-fishing tactic


The author favours the simplest way to rig two flies


Two-fly rigs often involve complex knots with loops and protrusions that require a plumber’s licence or advanced macramé skills to create. I’ve tried many of these set-ups, and my experience is that they work a lot better on paper than in practice. They’re often fiddly to tie, unwieldy to cast and prone to tangling. So, after much strife and experimentation, I now make all my double-fly rigs in the same, straightforward way.

I tie the main fly to a shortish leader of eight- or 10-pound mono that’s rarely longer than seven feet. Then I tie a two- to four-foot length of lighter mono to the bend of the first hook using an improved clinch knot; this extra section of mono is known as a “dropper.” Finally, I tie the second fly to the dropper using a loop knot so it swims with a little more action. This straight-line set-up is less prone to tangles, and it’s easier to cast than the macramé ones. And yes, you can hook fish on either fly.