Once you have mastered the clinch knot, you can move on to the next step of tying off the bend.
However, it is important to remember that the clinch knot loop tends to slide off the hook when you try to thread the tag end through.
This is an undesirable situation and can lead to a missed strike.
Detecting a strike to a dropper rig fly
One of the biggest challenges with dry flies on a dropper rig is detecting a strike. Although this type of rig can work well in various glasses of water, it requires much practice to attach it properly.
Moreover, a dropper rig rides up to the right, resulting in a less accurate strike indicator.
The dropper should be lighter in weight to improve the chances of detecting a strike on a dropper rig. Ideally, it should be about two sizes smaller than the dry fly.
This is because the dropper sits directly beneath the dry fly, so a heavier dropper will pull the dry below the surface.
If possible, use foam flies to reduce the weight of the dropper. Besides, adding plenty of floatant to the dry fly is important.
Another way of detecting a strike to a dropper rig is by using a size indicator or sighter.
This will help you locate fish easily. In addition, a strike indicator will help you identify the fish’s strike rate. A small fish feeding on a tiny fly will be difficult to see on the water.
That is why a large bushy fly serves as a strike indicator. If a fish strikes the size ten fly, the larger size 22 will disappear from view.
A dropper rig will also make detecting a strike on a dry fly easier. This is because the dry fly is less buoyant than the indicator rig and is less likely to rise.
Moreover, you’ll have a wider selection of patterns to test.
Another important factor is the distance between the indicator and the fly. This distance will depend on the depth of the water and the speed of the water.
Ideally, the indicator and the fly should be separated by one and a half to two times the depth of the fly.