When to tight line and when to indicator? As promised, here is the drop shot system set up, and how to attach a sliding dropper loop. Starting this year I’ll experiment with eggs on the drop shot rig using two tags, the top one for the nymph, and the bottom one for the egg, using looped tags for the attachment above tippet rings. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It is something I saw when watching Kelly Galloup demonstrate drop shotting rigs. Cut off the top tag-end and shorten the fly-dropper by a few inches. My version was a leader about 8 feet long, then an emerger-like nymph dropper on a tag of 4# Maxima, then 16″ of 5# Rio nylon, another nymph, then a 6″ tag of the 5# with 2 BB shot at the bottom. In this video, Kelly Galloup discusses the fundamentals of nymph fishing and shares one of his favorite rigs for setting up a drop-shot system. Use a size 1-2 drop shot hook when setting up your drop shot rig. Below the power swivel, are these sections including flies tied up before you go out and then just attached to the power swivel on the river? But you can use whichever you like. Tie a stop-knot to the bottom of the leader with several overhand knots. Rig gets bit! « currentseams, Farmington River Report 7/14/20: A learning experience (for me, too) « currentseams, Farmington River Mini-Report 1/22/21: The fastest two hours, 2nd Zoom Fly Tying Event: “Tying Wingless and Winged Wets” Saturday, January 30, 1pm, Tuesday Night Currentseams Zoom: “Catch & Release Best Practices” Jan 19, 8pm, Fun with soft hackles, Tuesday Zoom, and another wet fly class, When I want to cover longer stretches of water, When I want to reach pockets and runs farther than a rod-and-arm’s length, When I want the nymphs to swirl around in a mixer-like pocket, In conditions where takes may be subtle/difficult to feel (winter, windy days, just to name two), When I feel the indicator is difficult to manage/adversely speeding up the drift. What about using a tippet ring instead? Again, you can and should do as suits you. Drop shot nymphing was made famous by Kelly Galloup, and the system I use is based off of his with some slight modifications. We spent the first half of the lesson on indicator drop-shot nymphing. The specific method was indicator nymphing, drop shot rig, and we went with a sz 14 Frenchie Variant and a sz 18 SHPT. The Mono Rig (for tight line or indicator nymphing, for two streamers, or for dry-dropper) allows for more control of fly placement and less line management. I didn’t get a water temp, but it was cold — I’ll guesstimate 36 degrees, […], […] the power of tiny soft hackles this time of year. 80% off of SA Face Shields Adding split shot to your nymph rig is a convenient way to get your flies to sink. A drop-shot nymph rig with sighter for both indicator or tight line nymphing. This is a really unusual technique. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Michael, I’m sorry to say that you are mistaken. They are light, denser that store-bought kinds, don’t spook fish (it seems that every season I have at least one trout hit my indicator) and I am very dialed in to their nuances. I tend to just straighten my rod and pull when I am hooked, because if I try to save the fly I thrash around a bunch and ruin the fishing. Tie your fly to the dropper, and pinch your split shot above the stop-knot. Generally, I rig for drop shot when I want to touch the bottom, but I don’t want to lose my flies. Website: http://bit.ly/2uzQTPU, Your email address will not be published. ( Log Out /  I can’t at the moment Bob — thanks for the reminder that I need to do a video on this — but click on this link to get a rough idea of construction: https://currentseams.com/2017/03/09/currentseams-qa-of-droppers-drop-shot-and-indicators/. Thread the tag end of the leader into the eye on the top of the hook, so that you have 6–8 in (15–20 cm) of line to work with. So with the combination of split shot and a super braid leader the technique of Drop Shot nymphing was born. Copyright 2021, The Orvis Company Inc. Video: How to Make a Drop-Shot Nymphing Rig | FishingsBest. The trout liked both, the Frenchie […], […] we also spent some recon time at several other pools. I switched up the buddies that I was casually guiding to simple "drop shot" rig and we had immediate results. Change ). Farmington River Report 5/29/19: Nymph them up, https://currentseams.com/2017/03/09/currentseams-qa-of-droppers-drop-shot-and-indicators/, Farmington River Report 6/13/19: Fish on! Thanks, appreciate it. Always good to read your explanations. It will work whether or not you use Maxima, P-Line, or Stren.). Great information. iips. For nymph fishermen, the water column refers to the idea that at the surface, the water moves significantly faster than the water near the riverbed, which moves slowly. Hope that helps for now! I don’t pre-tie my lower sections. If you make four casts without ever feeling the flies tick the bottom, you need more weight. Fly fishing guide Dave Rothrock teams up with Suffering Outdoors for this instructional fly fishing video on drop shot nymphing. Winter nymph season is upon us, and I lost many flies to the bottom last year (which seemed to be the only way to catch fish). Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Though the Madison is fairly shallow, a nymph rig must be between 6 and 8 feet, at a minimum. I use this rig for panfish and peacock bass too. See more ideas about drop shot rig, drop shot, fishing rigs. You can either use straight monofilament, or tie on a 10-12ft leader of 10-15lb fluorocarbon then attach a swivel or tippet ring. When the shot touches, an unweighted nymph has the freedom to flutter — to bounce — with every touch. Who’s the genius who put the i right next to the o? Why is there a power swivel used? post I received a lot of questions about drop-shot nymphing: how to build a rig, can you use it with an indicator, is it better for a tight line presentation, etc. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. After the loop is tied, cut the loop off just above the knot. I could be mistaken did I not win a dozen wet flies I did receive notice I was a winner back in April but no flies were received. Maybe it’s too deep to wade and recover the nymphs when snagged, or maybe I don’t want flies to pick up a bunch of salad from summertime rocks, so I turn to drop shot. Nov 6, 2018 - Explore Marty Carroll's board "Drop Shot Rigs" on Pinterest. Here are some of my thoughts in brief. You mentioned you make your own indicators. Drop Shot Rig Rigging: To fish this way you will either need to use a small swivel, tippet ring, or use a line to line knot like the blood knot. The Toilet Bowl Drop Shot. I almost always make my top dropper on my drop-shot nymph rig a soft hackle. We fished a size 16 Starling and Herl top dropper and a size 14 Frenchie variant on point; the […], […] was to cover some water and work on the nymphing game. You may not feel like you’re fly fishing but I’ve seen some real pigs fall prey to this rig. Thank you very much. 4. Maxima if the water is high or off-color, 5x if it’s skinny and clear. Line up a 8-12 inch length of tippet material parallel to the end of your leader and tie them together using a triple surgeon’s knot at the top of the two pieces. This is a follow up to one of our more popular YouTube videos, "Basic Nymphing and Drop Shot Systems," that we did a few years ago. To the best of my knowledge it was devised on the Frying Pan river in Colorado for fishing a deep pool called The Toilet Bowl. Next, cut off the last 12 to 24 inches of tippet and retie it to the leader using a blood knot or double surgeon’s knot. ( Log Out /  Coupon Code: RCOR80 ( Log Out /  The method was a combination of indicator and tight line nymphing, both using a drop-shot rig. In the past when I’ve fished eggs I’ve used the Polish nymphing rig, and with good success, especially during the white sucker run. How to Create the Drop Shot Rig: Start by tying a stop knot at the end of your leader. This setup works very well when trout refuse to come up in the water column for your nymphs. Being the curious sort (and a confirmed autodidact and DIYer) I tend to change things around until I find what works best for me. (2) Sinks, and it is near the bottom only a short time before it swings up at the end of the drift. Or nothing at all. I prefer to use a Provo River bounce or “drop-shot” nymphing rig over a standard nymphing rig for several reasons described below: First, the nymphs drift more realistically because they are suspended from the leader at about a ninety degree angle. ( Log Out /  Let’s start with the rig. This common and easy rig catches some fish but isn't designed to minimize subsurface drag. The whole idea about split shots and using heavier beads is not only to get your nymphs down faster but to put your flies within the water column that fish most readily feed at—along the bottom. Adding supplemental weight to your nymphing rigs is the difference between catching fish and not. Then, use a palomar knot, swivel knot, or uni knot to secure the hook to the leader. I’m sure there will be more questions and as always, I am happy to answer them. When fishing using slack-line nymphing methods, typically with indicators and shot, the fly: (1) Takes a long time to get into the strike zone near the stream bottom. I’ve been using 6X for the drop shot tag to make it the weakest link in the system. The beadhead pattern will help get your rig to the bottom, but start with a little more weight, placed about one foot up the leader from the top fly. Last week we went over a technique called “level lining” or “right angle nymphing”, today we wanted to discuss a different way to set up your nymph rig, using a Drop Shot.. I like to take a 9-foot leader and cut off 12 to 14 inches of the tippet, and then re-attach that tippet with a … And weighted flies don’t react quite the same way. Drop Shot System and Sliding Dropper Loop I would like to send out a special thanks to those of you who tuned into my high stick nymphing discussion last night on Ask About Fly Fishing Radio. I’m lazy, so I build a sighter into the system whether I’m going to indicator nymph or not. Hi Greg. After last week’s Nymph-o-Mania! Great stuff! 2. Ken Tanaka of Wish4Fish shows you how he rigs a drop shot nymph rig. I have been using your drop-shot system for some time now. A 12-14' length of 8 - 10 pound braid was run from the fly line and attached using a double albright (the braid is doubled the mono is not) knot to a 45cm section of 8lb fluorocarbon. Chapters in books have been written on this. Interesting Paul.I have been using something very similar for a few years.Use it when tightline nymph a drop shot rig with split shot on the bottom.I have had a few break-offs on the dropper loop.Think it’s when they slide about they get damaged with friction. It’s as effective there as it is radical. I like a power swivel to help prevent leader twisting, in particular with an indicator. Drop-shot rigs have shown a resurgence over the past few years, maybe in part because of Kelly Galloup’s excellent YouTube videos on this subject. Later, you’ll crimp your split shot to the leader above this knot to keep it … https://currentseams.com/2019/05/28/a-simple-drop-shot-nymph-rig-revisited With a wide range of split shot sizes available, adjusting your rig’s sink rate and depth is as easy as moving to a larger size shot or simply crimping on a few additional small ones. You wouldn’t get that benefit from a tippet ring. I fished a new nymph setup that day, a drop-shot rig. ... 5x minimum for tag helps. « currentseams, Farmington River Report 11/5/19: Early fireworks « currentseams, Farmington River Report 1/10/19: Hook sets and the mystery salmo « currentseams, Farmington River Report 7/9/20: what a way to go! Great job, Michael, on a day […]. ready to go and just change them as needed once on the river. Leave the tag end of your line unclipped and roughly 3-4 inches long. We wade fished one spot and landed 12 fish (4 doubles) in 20 minutes with this setup. Might check the body of the post — not sure you want to be dropping that in the stream. In a traditional nymph rig, the weight is placed onto the leader, above the first fly. The Rig: The ideal rod for Spanish nymphing is a 10- to 12-foot 3-, 4-, or 5-weight.Use a weight-forward floating line and a 3X to 5X 9-foot tapered leader. 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