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Thread: Droppers

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Default Droppers

    I have been reading the message board for a while now and am still new to the board. I love fishing in the Smokies and just enjoy the time I get to have when I am up in the area. There is an awsome amount of information that everyone can cram in their mind. I have but one question for the moment " What is the best way to tie on a dropper?" There are several ways I would imagine, so how would you guys go about it?
    GMC from W.TN

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006


    For me, the most direct way is also the simplest and least "messy". Tie a length of tippet material - I believe the regs in the park call for a minimum of 18" but I usually tie on about 24" - to the bend of the hook of your dry fly/stimulator. Then tie your dropper to the other end. Simple, clean and linear for less mess (tangles and wind knots).


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Middle Tennessee

    Default Droppers in Arkansas?

    I'm heading to the White River next month. I read something on line that made me suspect that droppers may not be allowed there? Anyone know if you're limited to single fly, using a standard indicator rather than a dry fly?

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, unless they fly fish... with apologies to Thoreau

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Langley, Ky.


    Tie tippet material to the bend of hook, use the Pitzen knot. It is fast,small,strong. Hugh Hartsell, put me on to this knot. You can the pitzen knot up. Hope this helps. Paul

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2006


    I agree with tying to the bend. It's amazing how much more interesting fishing becomes when you start using droppers. As for which knot, well, I'm always willing to learn a new one so I'm going to research this pitzen knot. Anything to save more time and not(knot) sacrifice strength.
    May you fish more than you wish for.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    Default Davy's Knot

    You might want to check this out. The knot is so easy it's hard to believe.
    To Miss Nancy - she hated fishing, but loved a fisherman.

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