The Hook-Up Set-Up.

Two good fly patterns on the end of your line. A larger fly followed by a smaller one.

Two good fly patterns on the end of your line. A larger fly followed by a smaller one.

A great way to fly fish two flies is with the following rigging. The examples I’m using are the two patterns shown in the photo. Both patterns have caught nice fish lately so I’m showing them again. So, the rigging goes as such. First tie the heavier, larger pattern to the end of your tippet. In the photo that would be the larger, rubber-legs stonefly nymph. I like that tippet section to be 10# test because you never know what size fish you are going to hook up with on the Rogue River. Also stout 10# test, like Maxima brand, allows you to pull out of most snags without losing your flies. The knot I use exclusively throughout this whole set up is the Uni-Knot also known as the Duncan Loop. Fast and easy to tie, the knot is also very strong. The second, smaller fly (I call it following fly) is attached to the first fly with 24 to 26 inches of 8# test tippet. Sometimes I will use 10# test if the water is up, fast and heavy; or if river conditions are much like they are right now which is low and cold, I will drop the tippet size between flies down to 6# test. The tippet between flies is attached to the larger fly either at the bend of its hook or at its eye. I prefer to attach to the bend of the hook, but both attachment points will work. The second fly is simply tied to the end of that “between” leader. Again I like to use the Duncan Loop knot at all knot points. A good reason to have that long leader between flies is too keep from foul hooking while playing the fish with the “following” fly. Of course you always run the risk of that following fly hooking a snag or rock while you are playing the fish…but chalk that up to fishing luck. As is that edge of favorable chance that fishing two flies at the same time can give.

Attach the tippet to the bottom fly to the bend of the hook of the larger, stonefly. Use a Uni Knot or Duncan Loop.

Attach the tippet to the bottom fly to the bend of the hook of the larger stonefly. Use a Uni Knot or Duncan Loop knot.

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