How Do You Rig a Drop Shot for Fly Fishing?

Drop shotting is a great way to catch fish while fly fishing. It involves using a variety of different techniques and strategies to get your bait down to where the fish are.

The key to successful drop shotting is finding the right setup for your specific situation. Here are some tips on how to rig a drop shot for fly fishing.

Choose the Right Line

The type of line you use will depend on the type of fish you are Targeting and where you are fishing. A floating line is best for shallow water, while sinking or intermediate lines are best for deeper water.

If you’re using an indicator, then a floating line with a longer leader is needed. If you’re using a nymph or streamer, then an intermediate line helps get the bait down faster.

Choose the Right Weight

The weight of your drop shot needs to be appropriate for the depth that you’re fishing in. If it’s too light it can easily be swept away by currents or wind.

Too heavy and it won’t get down low enough for the fish to see it. Aim for something between 1/8 oz and 1/4 oz depending on your conditions.

Attach Your Bait

Your bait should be attached at least 12 inches below your weight so that it can move freely in the water column. Make sure that your knot is secure so that your bait doesn’t slip off while casting or retrieving your line.


Drop shotting can be an effective way to catch fish while fly fishing, but only if you have the right setup. It’s important to choose the right line and weight, as well as make sure that your bait is securely attached. With these tips in mind, you should be able to successfully rig a drop shot for fly fishing in no time!

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Daniel Bennet