Written by: Travis Young
I’ve been carrying two fully rigged rods with me while I fish—a nymphing set up and a streamer setup. Which rods I carry depends on the time of year, of course. Now the trick I’ve found is to use my sling pack to secure the rod not in use. I slide rod between the sling and my chest while I fish.
I am left-handed, so I’m used to doing things different than “normal people”. One helpful hint doing this is to loop your line around the reel and hook the fly to a guide at least halfway up the rod (within arm’s reach). This keeps the fly from getting snagged in you or the sling pack. It does take time getting used to casting with a second rod sticking up off your chest, but you can cover water a lot more quickly this way, rather than having to walk all the way back upstream to get the second rod.
Travis Young lives in Greencastle, Pennsylvania. A former Marine, he found that fly fishing helped him get through some rough patches, and the love of the fly grew stronger.