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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Dry/droppers and Indi Rigs

Check out this great video from Orvis on a) the dry/dropper and b) the indicator methods of trout fishing. This is about the best how-to composition I’ve seen.  

If you’re a flyfishing rookie, this should be required “homework” before your next trip. And it will be the most fun homework task you’ll ever have. Take note, all TU 5Rivers clubs, as Dr. Dredger has given y’all an assignment!


Even the veterans among us will pick up a few new tips from the Orvis Guru of flyfishing, Tom Rosenbauer. The entire show is worth watching. But if you’re short on time, be sure to “catch” the first 17 minutes.  

The show’s first great tip that I enjoyed was Tom terming the strike indicator the “drift” indicator. How true! If we get a good drift, we often get a healthy strike. So think “drift” first and “strike” second when watching your indi or buoyant dry.

Regardless of how much of the show you watch, your time spent will be well worth it.  Trust me on this one. The video distills the last five decades of our instream, trial-and-error learning down to a one-hour instructional masterpiece. 

Bookmark it, share it with a fishing friend, and definitely try some of Tom’s tips on your next trouting trip. Then watch your success rate rise! Thank you Midcurrent, the Orvis Company,  and Tom Terrific.

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