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britguyinmt 05-23-2005 01:09 PM

fishing a dropper...
Im afraid i have another newbie question...

When people fish droppers do they thread one fly higher up the tippet, tie it and attach one at the end as well, tie more tippet to the eye of the fly at the end of the tippet or attach another piece of tippet line to the leader ?

lance :Eyecrazy:

BigDave 05-23-2005 01:14 PM

I tie 16" of tippet to the hook bend of the first fly and hang the dropper from there. Lots of different ways to do it.

rel1 05-24-2005 07:04 AM

lance- What I do for fishing the salt is to take a 5 foot piece of tippet(heavy) and near one end tie a 5 turn surgeons loop leaving the short end about 5 inches long for attaching the dropper fly. The long end gets my point fly. This method does not tangle and by using heavy (25# or 30#) tippet I have landed many stripers sometimes even doubles. Occasionally I'll add an extra piece to the above tippet so I can add a second dropper, especially if there is an abundance of different types of food for the stripers to select from. This gets crazy at times though so I generally stay with only one dropper. Just another way to skin the cat. Ron

striperstripper 05-24-2005 06:17 PM

That's how I tie my droppers on also but if I may add,make sure the tag end that you are tying your dropper on is the end attached to the butt section or the leader stepping up to your butt section or fly line .This is not only stronger but ensures the dropper fly will lie in the same direction as the end fly,it is also suggested to try to leave at least 18 in.between flies.The reason being if the fish goes for the dropper first there is less chance of being side hooked by the end fly before it takes the dropper.

FLGator 05-24-2005 09:30 PM

Don't make it complicated...

You can tie on a "longer" piece of tippet and leave the tag end long and tie the dropper to the tag...or, you can tie in your conventional length of tippet, tie in the fly and then tie a second piece of tippet to the eye of the point fly and choose the length you want the dropper to fish.

teflon_jones 05-25-2005 08:42 AM

I just tie on the first fly and leave the tag end of the knot very long and tie the second fly to that.

solitude 05-25-2005 10:58 AM

Anyone ever used a "mini" barrel swivel (6" of tippet tied to the top ring and 12-18 tied to the bottom)? When fishing droppers, I often add weight at the connection point to keep my nymphs down. Using the barrel swivel not only adds a little weight but also eliminates the hassle of tying line-to-line.

pescaphile 05-25-2005 11:50 AM

I like to tie the dropper to the bend of the hook like BigDave. No need to limit yourself to 16" though.

The dropper is a good place to use fluorocarbon leader material. It makes a significant difference in helping your dropper fly to get down. I don't use it for the leader though as it will cause the dry fly to sink prematurely.

striperstripper 05-25-2005 02:23 PM

It appears to be several ways to tie on droppers,but I would think what works for trout would not be suggested for larger saltwater game fish or steelhead or salmon?

teflon_jones 05-26-2005 07:47 AM


Originally Posted by striperstripper
It appears to be several ways to tie on droppers,but I would think what works for trout would not be suggested for larger saltwater game fish or steelhead or salmon?

Absolutely correct. For instance, I would NEVER recommend my method of tying on the second fly for saltwater fishing, or even for big freshwater fish. It creates a weak point at the first knot since you're putting stress on it in a way it wasn't designed for. But for trout or panfish, it's perfectly fine.

I honestly don't use droppers for big fish. I only use them for fishing for trout.

Dble Haul 05-26-2005 08:04 AM

For saltwater fishing, I add my tippet (whatever pound test it happens to be) with a double surgeon's knot and leave the tag end that's oriented to the tippet end long. That's where I tie on my droppers if I'm using them. It's quite strong.

britguyinmt 05-26-2005 09:43 PM

thanks guys... ive got a better idea now

i think i might try a couple of methods and see what i
get on with best

Steve_sullivan 06-16-2005 07:30 PM

The easiest why is to first tie on the largest fly through the eye, then tie on tippet to the bend of the hook. How much you use is personal taste. The more you use the less drag their will be, but the farther away from your weight it will be so it wont be as near to the bottom.

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