Nymph Fishing: Two Fly Rigs

A two nymph rig consisting of a bright “Frenchie” Pheasant Tail and a traditional Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail.

Often when I am tying up a nymph rig, it consists of two flies. While there are certain days that one fly pattern works best, there are many more days that a number of different flies will catch fish. The easiest way to try multiple flies is to fish multiple at once.

When choosing flies for a two fly nymph rig, I will usually select two patterns that are different from each other. For example:

  • one with flash and one without
  • one with bright color and one with natural color
  • one that imitates a caddis and one that imitates a mayfly

I think you get the idea.

What’s that old saying? “Variety is the spice of life?”

Fishing a variety of different flies on nymph rigs can also be the key to catching a couple extra fish.

Do two fly rigs tangle easier? Well, maybe a little bit. Although, most anglers would not notice a difference in tangles. A lot of the time a tangle is a tangle, it doesn’t matter how many flies are attached. I do not hesitate to fish two fly rigs.

Like many other situational aspects in fly fishing, there are times when I will choose to fish one fly rigs. That sounds like a good discussion for another day.

The spring is a great time to nymph with two fly rigs. The next time you are on the water give some thought to nymphing with a two fly rig. Consider which two flies you choose to fish. If you need to get some time on the water, talk to Joel and he can help you out.


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