Master Class Monday: When NOT to Use an Indicator


When you’re drifting nymphs for fussy trout, sometimes it’s better to remove an indicator. In this great video from Jensen Fly Fishing, Dave Jensen demonstrates how he finally hooked a wary cutthroat trout by using a modified drop-shot rig. It’s also educational to see where Dave places his flies and how he follows them with the rod tip. And finally, if you watch carefully you’ll be able to see the trout he and Amelia have spotted—if you observe carefully and train your eyes.

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11 thoughts on “Master Class Monday: When NOT to Use an Indicator”

    1. Without spending any time researching various states, I think this method is illegal in NY (weight can’t be below the fly) and I think it was lawful in MI but isn’t now. It became a popular snagging method around the Great Lakes after lead weighted treble hooks were outlawed.

  1. New York prohibits this method for most of the Great lakes tributaries, including the Salmon River, as only one fly is allowed and “Any weight added to the line, leader, swivels, artificial fly or lure shall not hang lower than the hook when the line or leader is held vertically.”
    I am told that Michigan Great Lakes regulations allow this method but only to the extent that each dropper is at least four inches in length.
    Years ago, I read a description of this method for Great Lakes fishing by Doug Swisher but upon review of the regulations, I found it illegal. I agree it is a very effective method of delivery for nymphs and egg patterns. However, given its checkered use, I would check the applicable regs for any water before fishing this way.

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