S2:E49 Our Favorite Two Fly Combos

Two-fly combos are a staple for many fly fishers. Whether fishing nymphs or dries, rigging up with two flies (the top fly and the dropper or trailer) often increases the odds of success. This is especially true when fishing nymphs in the spring or fall spawning season. We often will tie on an egg pattern as our top fly and then drop a nymph, such as a beadhead Copper John or beadhead pheasant tail. Click now to listen to “Our Favorite Two Fly Combos”

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What are your two-fly combos? Obviously, everything depends on when and where you’re fishing, but what are some of your go-to rigs?

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5 thoughts on “S2:E49 Our Favorite Two Fly Combos

  1. While fly fishing the Tongue in WY . I had one of those says where I was getting short strikes and missed several fish all afternoon and I to the evening. I just couldn’t hook up and land a fish . Frustrated I went back to the lodge to regroup. The following day I decided to go to a to fly system. I used a rather large Caddis as my floater and a WD-40 fished about 16 inches behind the Caddis. It was like magic. The Cutthroat would go to the Caddis for a refuseal turn to the WD-40 and slam it . This was the case all day long. I landed and released several Cutthroat in the 16 and 19 inch range. I had one of the best days on the stream in a long time. So good I was singing out loud walking back to the truck That day the 2 fly system was a trip saver. Great podcast subject. Love you guys stuff. Keep them coming. Dave V

    • What a terrific story! Made me realize that I have no WD-40s in my fly box.

      So interesting about the refusal of the Caddis, but that they then slammed the WD-40. Who can think like a fish????

      Would love any additional ideas you have for episodes … send them our way!

      Dave

  2. Great podcast. A podcast I would like to hear is if you tie your own flies, how you got started tying, etc…
    Also can you put a recipe for the red fox hair nymph you use?

    Drew

  3. killer idea … Steve is the fly tier … so I will need to “interview” him for the podcast. Terrific idea … I will also have him give some ideas on the Red Fox Squirrel nymph. (I’m writing for Steve this week because he is on the road and buried with work!)

    Thank you so much for your contribution.

    Dave

  4. I like two combos: adult and emerger, same size and color is dynamite during a hatch. Big and tiny is excellent with large, weighted Stone Fly nymph, and trailed by a #16 or 18 bead head hare’s ear. For hard-fished waters this can’t be beat.