1 THE IMITATIVE APPROACH
THERE are several ways that this is preferable to f ishing with one f ly. For starters, you’re giv ing the f ish a choice, but it’s more interesting than that. Fishing two nymphs enables you to tr y differing colours and sizes of the same f ly. Most stillwaters have a buzzer hatch at some stage of the day but with around 300 species it’s hard to make the right choice. Having faith to f ish buzzers is a big hurdle for many, but this is the most important imitation you can use. I use a f loating line with at least a 12ft leader and size 10 Red Buzzer/Bloodworm on point while 4ft away will be the dropper – a size 12 Black Buzzer. There’s lots of variables and if it’s a catch and release f isher y I’d drop the hook sizes and f ish with as f ine a leader as possible. Then there’s the correct depth. It can be hard to work out the depth the fish might be, so hedge your bets by putting a heavier buzzer on point with a lighter pattern on the dropper such that the point f ly sinks faster and therefore f ishes at greater depth. But, if your point f ly has a bulk y dressing it’ll sink more slowly than one which is almost a bare hook. You can add weight with some lead or a bead and that’ll speed up the sink rate. Choice of sink rate for this point f ly depends on water depth. There’s no point dragging through mud or weed in the shallows so you may need to change f lies if the water is shallow. Happily there are some great ‘buzzer’ patterns which work. Looking at sink rate it goes from the ‘skinny’ style (maybe with weight) and on to the slim body but with f luff y thorax to slow the sink. Then comes the Diawl Bach family and f inally Crunchers, which with their tail and hackle are the slowest sinking ‘buzzers’. That’s the buzzer family sorted but we can adapt for other nymphs. A weighted Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear teamed with an almost non-existent Anorexic Buzzer suits f isheries not too rich in weed life but with freshwater shrimps. Pheasant Tail nymphs also lend themselves perfectly to this two-f ly nymph approach and I love using a large (8 or 10) standard pheasant tail on point with a little (size 12) Saw yers-st yle on dropper, especially the f lash back variant.
“Two nymphs allows you to try differing colours and sizes of the same fly.”