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Double Nymph Rigs // Emphasis on Euro Nymphing Setups

Double Nymph Rigs // Emphasis on Euro Nymphing Setups

We all hate tangles. More flies... more problems is often how the story goes.  As much as I personally love the simplicity of a single nymph, there are times when success pivots on using a heavy nymph to plummet down in the water column to sink and stabilize a smaller, lighter nymph. Especially when using a Euro nymphing rig.

The typical setup uses a heavier nymph most commonly referred to as an "anchor fly". This nymph should be on a jig style hook, sinks fast, has a heavy Tungsten bead, and essentially anchors or as I like to think of it "rides the brakes" to keep it's partner nymph moving low and slow. The water along the bottom of the river is quite slow, while the currents in the upper portion of the water column are moving fast.

I've put together a video here outlining some of the common setups that I like to use for varying situations. Keep in mind, there are LOTS of ways to setup. Find a system you like, can rebuild quickly, and keeps you in the water.

"Being efficient and tangle free is your first step to success."

Make sure you are having FUN! Don't feel as though you always have to setup like you see pro-angler preaching on the internet. There are plenty of little hacks that can make the learning process much easier. While some of you savvy experts will see this video and immediately shout "WRONG", understand that I am constantly working with new anglers that need to find ways to simply keep their two fly rigs wet and tangle free.

General Thoughts and Tips:

  • Start with one fly, get some reps in, then add another small nymph.
  • Practice knots at home first, then you'll be ready to rig.
  • I keep my tippet handy, around my neck. Don't dig into your pack every time you need to make an adjustment.
  • If you bust off your small fly, don't be afraid to finish the spot with just an anchor fly. 
  • Heavy tippet (3X-4X) can be friendly at first, but know that you'll lack connection to your flies. A combination of 4X to your anchor, 5X to your tag/trailer fly is a good system. 6X is deadly once you become a master. Till then, keep your flies wet.
  • Find a method you like, get good with it, then experiment with others.
  • Don't let perfect be the enemy of "good".




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Enrique Carbajal - July 18, 2023

Great video explaining different rigs; most important, easy to understand. I heard, read about the rigs but didn’t understand the “why” until today! My biggest opportunity is changing flies and now have a great way of pre-tying the flies you want to try, thank you and great work!

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