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3 Fly Fishing Guide Rigs

Productive nymph combos for different situations.

3 Fly Fishing Guide Rigs

As a general rule, use the larger fly as the point fly, and separate the flies with 12 to 14 inches of tippet. (Martin Simpson illustration)

On my home waters, nymph fishing is the most reliable method of catching trout, especially if you are willing to modify your tactics and techniques to suit a variety of circumstances. I use the hook bend of the point fly to add a dropper when I’m streamer fishing, but I get a better hook-up-to-landing ratio with nymphs when I use an eye-to-eye connection. This works better to keep the hook gap and point free from obstructions. This is especially noticeable when using small size 20 to 24 nymphs and midge patterns.

As a general rule, I use the larger fly as the point fly, and separate the flies with 12 to 14 inches of tippet. If you space your flies too far apart, you lose the...

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