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I often fish with a dropper or 2 wets in tandem. Getting the leader to roll over correctly is a problem. Thoughts?
I would make the front fly the heavier of the two..this will allow the lighter fly to roll over without tangling, and also will force the first fly deeper quicker, which helps to get the dropper deeper quicker.
Second suggestion is lobbing your
fly. When fishing 2 flies the beauty of the cast diminishes very fast. It is more of chucking your flies out there, especially with using a bunch of weight. I usually slow down my casting and exagerate slightly the cast in order for the leader to turn over.
3rd tip. Practice chucking weight and get the feel of it on the lawn rather on the stream. Will cut out the frustration of being on the water and undoing knots.(that i know from experience)
Loren, just be patient with it. I, and everyone else, still tangle tandem flies or a regular basis. It is just part of the "fun" of fishing 2 flies.
Jeff has some very good points....the only thing I would have to add is..unless you are dead set on getting a perfect roll over, get it to where it looks and feels right to you and go with it. Most of the trout around here won't even see your cast and much less grade you on it. The roll over presentation with a dropper is not critical unless you fish places like Dukes, Waters.... Places where the water is clear, low and the fish are spooked to start with. My roll over is a long way form perfect, but some how I still manage to catch a few:)
12-08-98, 10:32 AM
I think that you will find that a roll cast will lay your leader out perfectly every time. I often fish two nymphs, a splitshot and a strike indicator at the same time. This can make quite a mess on a regular cast, if you don't open your loop up. I find that a roll cast lays the nymphs out very nicely, and rarely tangles. If you need to make longer casts ( with a dry fly and a dropper for instance), just slow down your cast, and open up your loop. I think you will find these techniques will work very well.
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