What Is a Dry Dropper Fly Fishing?

Dry dropper fly fishing is a unique and increasingly popular style of angling. It combines two different types of flies—a dry fly, which sits on the surface of the water, and a nymph or wet fly, which is fished just beneath the surface.

Both are used to Target different types of fish in various conditions.

Dry dropper fly fishing is particularly effective when fishing for trout. Trout can be wary of traditional dry fly patterns, so anglers may find that adding a nymph or wet fly pattern to their presentation can lead to more strikes. The nymph or wet fly pattern will attract the trout’s attention, while the dry fly acts as an indicator that something is happening below the surface—trigging a strike from the trout.

The technique also works well in other scenarios. For instance, when Targeting bass on shallow water, anglers can use a dry dropper rig with two different flies.

The top fly will be tied on with a long leader and should imitate something that is likely to attract attention from bass, such as an ant or beetle pattern. The bottom fly should be tied on with a shorter leader and might imitate something smaller like an aquatic larva or small baitfish.

Dry dropper rigs are also useful when fishing in fast-moving water. By using two different flies and adjusting the length of each leader accordingly, anglers can ensure that both flies remain in contact with the water at all times—increasing their chances of getting a strike.


In conclusion, dry dropper fly fishing is an effective technique for catching trout and other species of fish in various conditions. By combining two different types of flies—a dry and a nymph or wet—anglers can create a presentation that will entice wary fish into striking.

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Lindsay Collins