Fishing with a Dropper – all you need to know

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Are you looking for the best lure to fish? Fishing with a dropper might just be what you are looking for to get more out of your outdoor activities. The tandem or also called dropper is a fly fishing technique in which two flies (one dry and one nymph) are used in the same line. Using the tandem allows you to “sweep” more river, as you fish at two depths:

  • Surface: dry fly.
  • Under the surface: nymph.


This has some advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dropper fishing:

Here are the pros and cons of this fly fishing technique:


  • We fish at different depths at the same time. This allows us to know where the fish are eating quickly. In many cases it is the best technique to start fishing in a river.
  • We control the depth of our nymph.
  • We can catch two fish at once.
  • We can fish for nymphs in windy conditions, without the nymph dragging us.


Harder to launch.

More knots are made in the line.

It is not as precise and accurate a fishing as fishing with a single fly.

What fly rod to fish Dropper?

Dry fly fishing rods are usually perfectly suitable for tandem fishing.

The main characteristics of these reeds should be:

  • 9 feet.
  • Line 4-6.
  • Cutting-edge action.


My favorite rods for fishing for tandem trout are the dry fly model pro or the multipurpose pro in 9 feet and line 5.

What Knot to Join The Two Drops Of The Dropper or Tandem?

To tie tandem flies there are 2 ways:

With “codal”: it consists of fishing with the free dry fly, hanging from a codal of about 10 cm. Hanging from the main line.


Knot in the curvature of the antuelo: in this case the two flies are tied in the same line and without codal. The nylon of the nymph nests to the curvature of the hook of the dry fly.


The first option I use when the trout climb the dry fly on a regular basis. In this option the dry fly fishes freer, natural and also the trout are nailed better. The second option is more indicated when more priority is given to the nymph, since the bite is perceived much better. This second option is also the most suitable for fishing on windy days.


In the “world” of competitive fishing, tandem is widely used as a substitute for dive indicators. When the nymph is caught by a trout, the dry fly stops and disappears under the surface of the water. This is the same formula or strategy as fishing with a chopping signal.

Therefore, it is very important to have in the box, flies type “parachute” of various sizes and flotations. This fly assembly is key to tandem fishing for the following reasons:

  • It floats and drifts very well.
  • It does not curl the thread.
  • It looks perfect.
  • It holds the weight of the nymph very well.

To use the tandem as an indicator of bite it is important to vary the distance between the flies depending on the position to be caught.


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