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Perfection loop and dropper loop rigs

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I recently started using a perfection loop to add a second fly to my rig. The first pic shows the use of a dropper loop. Personally I think it's unnecessary to have the dropper loop to connect the perfection loop (see first pic). The second pic shows how I've been attaching a fly with some tippet and a perfection loop at the other end. I'm not sure if the knot is actually a perfection loop in the pic, but that is what I am using. You can add and remove a fly to your rig easily or have them pre-rigged for easy use on the stream. I've found that this technique does a great job holding the fly out at a 90 degree angle and causes less tangles than using a tag end off a blood knot, or using a tippet ring. The other advantage is using lighter tippet for your top fly, so you can have a heavier fly/heavier tippet as your bottom fly. This works well for adding midges that you may want to suspend higher in the water. Like I said, I just started using this technique so your thoughts and experiences are welcome!

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Posted on: 7/8 11:20


Re: Perfection loop and dropper loop rigs

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We dirty surf spin fisherman have used that dropper loop to attach a teaser ahead of the main plug for decades. The bass usually hit the fly too! I can tie those dropper loops in my sleep and often wondered if it would work for czech nymph rig or drop shotting.

Posted on: 7/8 11:27
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I think it's a fairly common nymphing technique out west. Seemed to be the go to way to fish on the Truckee River.

Posted on: 7/8 12:57


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Try tying a triple surgeons knot. Leave one of the tage ends much longer than the other. Thats how i attach my dropper when euro nymphing.

Posted on: 7/8 22:26
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fisherboy3 wrote:
Try tying a triple surgeons knot. Leave one of the tage ends much longer than the other. Thats how i attach my dropper when euro nymphing.


The advantage of the loop-to-loop is to avoid doing exactly that. Fly changes do not rely on a permanent tag from one of your leader or tippet knots.

Posted on: 7/8 23:51


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Like I said, I just started using this technique so your thoughts and experiences are welcome!


The dropper loops work like a charm. Some people are going to be turned off by the doubled sections of mono so close to the fly, but I've not found them to affect the number of strikes or fish caught. The net affect is more takes.
I think that incorporating droppers into nymph rigs not only allows you to fish different levels in the water column more effectively, but also allows for better strike detection by way of drop shot style rigging.
At least 90% of my nymph rigging incorporates dropper loops. Running a nymph suspended at a set depth is really a game changer IMO. I'm starting to see more and more guys doing it and they all agree that it picks up fish they were missing before.
It's just another tool and if you're willing to put in the effort to learn it and spend the few extra minutes rigging your flies that way, it can pay off.

Posted on: 7/9 0:01


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Will the loops slide up and down the tippet until they meet a knot? I'm referring to slackwaters illustration, I can imagine it stopping when it hits the knot but won't it also slide away the other direction?

Posted on: 7/9 10:26
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You've essentially been lanyard hitching/parks heading .....seems like a good strategy but may not be as strong. Might put more stress on the line.

Posted on: 7/9 11:20


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I like it, especially the part about being able to use lighter tippet on the dropper.

I usually just rig extra nymphs off a surgeon's knot dropper or tie off the bend of a previous fly. tying one overhand knot in the tag can help put it out at 90 degrees.

the holy grail for me is a dry-dropper rig with adjustable depth. Was thinking NZ indicator style or something like this. will have to try..

Posted on: 7/9 18:21


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If you don't mind turning out surgeons knots whenever your dropper tag end gets too short, and can do so quickly in situ, then I agree with fisherboy. Actually, I have had no problems using a tippet ring as a 3-way swivel myself. The clinch knots keep each other in place, at least with 4x, so your dropper rarely twists with the main line. I personally will still give the dropper loops a shot with smaller tippet, just to see how that goes. Drop shot a midge or two? Yep.

Posted on: 7/9 21:53
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Will the loops slide up and down the tippet until they meet a knot? I'm referring to slackwaters illustration, I can imagine it stopping when it hits the knot but won't it also slide away the other direction?


It will slide down the line and stops at a blood knot, like the illustration. You'll have to place your blood knots at the desired depth to get your fly to sit at the right position. I haven't hand any problem with it sliding up the leader.

Posted on: 7/10 16:30






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