One of the secrets in the guiding world is the dropper rig. The tactic that so many fly anglers forget to try, or maybe refuse to try because they think it’s so complicated, can be used in any conditions to fool trout that are acting tight-lipped. It takes a little practice to tie your first dropper rig on the end of your line, but once you get the hang of it, this simple tactic can start producing more fish on any river you fish. Start With The Basics Whether you’re fishing flatwater, the local river or on a dream trip in a different country, the basic dropper rig will prove effective at fooling trout on even the toughest days. The basic dropper rig consists of a bushy, buoyant dry fly paired with a sinking or sub-surface fly, usually a wet fly or a nymph. Start by picking a dry fly that you think would work on it’s own. I like to tie on a Goofball or a fat head moth, something that is beefy enough to hold up any fly I decide to tie on as the dropper (they’re also just way easier to see). When tying on the fly to my leader make sure to leave about a foot and a half of tag end that you’ll use to tie on your dropper. If you’re tag end is not pointing down after tying on your dry fly, feed the tag end through the hook eye and it will be pointing downwards. Then tie on your favorite wet fly or nymph, like a Cat Bug or Invicta, whichever you think will be most effective, and hang on for the strike. leader lengths and different presentations to figure out what works best on your local waters. Whether you’re trying out a super bushy size 4 dry fly with a tiny size 22 nymph or casting two identical flies like two stimulators, but one soaked to the hook, experimenting will let you develop a pattern and start hooking up more. A dropper rig is a great way to find out what the fish are feeding on and where they’re looking within the water column, so that whether you’ve been at the river 100 times or it’s your first time at a new spot, you can always catch fish. Tired of getting to the water without the right flies? Subscribe now and become a Postfly Tribe Member.