The Troutbitten Streamside series is a chance to step away from the normal, weekly lineup of stories and tactics. Most often, these Streamside articles share something from around the fly fishing community that I’m certain will be valuable to Troutbitten readers. And this time, it’s Dave Rothrock’s Drop Shop Nymphing Video, from the YouTube channel of Suffering Outdoors. You can find it here:
I get a lot of questions about drop shot nymphing, and though I’ve mentioned it countless times in other Troutbitten articles, I’ve never devoted a whole piece to it. Why? Probably because it would take a full series of articles and many diagrams to convey my own take on drop shot nymphing. I’m sure I’ll get to it someday, but for now, here’s a quick rundown . . .
How I Drop Shot
Generally, I rig for drop shot when I want to touch the bottom, but I don’t want to lose my flies. Maybe it’s too deep to wade and recover the nymphs when snagged, or maybe I don’t want flies to pick up a bunch of salad from summertime rocks, so I turn to drop shot.
Truth be told, I prefer to tight line with weighted flies as a first option, but I choose split shot for the weight in many instances, because I believe some nymphs simply produce better when unweighted. I also prefer to add that split shot about five inches up from the point fly. And no matter how I rig, my goal for drifting is rarely the bottom itself — it’s the strike zone above it. I usually try not to touch the riverbed.
That said, drop shotting is my go-to method for nymphing at night. I use a glow-in-the-dark sighter, but I still lack total visual feedback in the darkness, so I turn to a drop shot rig. Then I can feel the shot tick bottom through the drift and easily control the exact depth of the nymphs above. At night, those nymphs are often purposely higher than I like to ride them during the daylight.
Last point: I do use weighted nymphs in a drop shot rig — sometimes. Remember, there are no rules. And if it works and it suits your needs, fish it. I often run the same tag nymphs in a drop shot rig that I do in a standard rig. However, I like to keep the bottom nymph unweighted or lightly weighted.
So that’s me. But . . .
Here’s How Dave Rothrock Does It . . .
Dave is a fellow Pennsylvania fishing guide who has probably been slinging nymphs since before I was born. He’s a gregarious dude who ties excellent flies and has a deep knowledge of trout and trout-water, gained from decades on the river with an inquisitive mind.
You can find Dave on his Facebook page.
And here’s the video . . .
Fish hard, friends.
Enjoy the day.
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