It seems like I’m always hearing “you should have been here yesterday “or “as soon as you left they started biting”. Well this was one of those days that everything seemed to line up. I’ve fished this stretch of river many times and it’s usually not an issue finding fish. The trick is finding fish that will eat a fly. Not only were there plenty of fish but they were actively feeding. I had a damselfly nymph tied on followed by a hare’s ear nymph dropper. The first strike I got ended up with a landed fish.
Fishing a double rig is a popular method for carp fishing. Not only does it give the fish a choice of 2 baits but it gives the fisherman a little room for error with a sloppy cast. It gives you twice the odds of dropping a fly in the strike zone. I got plenty of hook ups but my landing percentage wasn’t stellar (I won’t fish that stretch of river again without a net). I didn’t get a single strike on my dropper but I did slow a fish down for a moment after it spit my top fly.