1 THE IM­I­TA­TIVE AP­PROACH

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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.”

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