Droppers - love or loath them?

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I always use a dropper when sea trout fishing (except with a surface lure). I never use a dropper when salmon fishing. Can't explain the difference and I have caught salmon while sea trout fishing, even had one on the dropper.
 

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I use droppers all the time for trout but never for salmon. I actually don’t know why.🤔
 

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I generally only use droppers when targeting grilse and had more fish on the dropper than the point when fishing this way.
I used to use 3 flies for the sea trout in the Tay estuary, 2 streamers on the droppers and a tube fly on the point.
I've had 3 finnock about 1 1/2lb one on each fly twice and had double hook ups many times with proper sea trout which never ended well.
 

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Saw a very interesting way of fishing a dropper last season. It consisted of a length of mono attached to a tiny swivel as the dropper which was threaded onto the main leader, this was held in place the required distance from the point fly by a tiny rubber stop that carp anglers use. The idea is that if a fish takes the dropper it slides down the leader to the point fly thus stopping the dreaded trailing point fly from snagging up while a fish is being played. I've not had chance to try it yet but intend to this season.
I would be concerned about setting the hook properly on this set up
 

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Depends on the day/height/clarity for me use them in my trout fishing and will use a single stoat this season in my sea trout fishing, a close friend took half of his salmon last season on an ally shrimp size 16 micro treble on the river wear
 

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Learned to fish in Ireland so was always taught to use a dropper. If you are used to using them, they seldom cause an issue. They have caught me many more fish than they have lost me. I can fish two flies of different sizes at once. So I cover both bases. I did stop using them with the big rod for a while. Never lost me a big fish and I have briefly had 2 salmon on at once (one still has my dropper) on the Finn. Only do not use them now if fishing in a gale or if fishing in a huge flood, but that is fairly rare. I hook more than I lose, so why not. If I always caught 20lb plus fish I may think differently, so I can see why in Norway or Russia it could be looked upon as silly. Each to their own and run after your fish when hooked. Always worth a laugh!
 

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Learned to fish in Ireland so was always taught to use a dropper. If you are used to using them, they seldom cause an issue. They have caught me many more fish than they have lost me. I can fish two flies of different sizes at once. So I cover both bases. I did stop using them with the big rod for a while. Never lost me a big fish and I have briefly had 2 salmon on at once (one still has my dropper) on the Finn. Only do not use them now if fishing in a gale or if fishing in a huge flood, but that is fairly rare. I hook more than I lose, so why not. If I always caught 20lb plus fish I may think differently, so I can see why in Norway or Russia it could be looked upon as silly. Each to their own and run after your fish when hooked. Always worth a laugh!
Thats why i like them. It gives the option to fish 1 large and 1 small fly or 1 dull and 1 bright etc first run through the pool rather than fishing it twice and changing flys.

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There are aspects of fishing a dropper that make so much sense, two flee's surely can't be a bad thing at all for a variety of reasons.
I fish water that many other members fish droppers as a matter of course and I stick to the single flee.
I'm not what you'd call positively lucky, if things can go wrong- they do, so I avoid droppers for that very reason.
I keep thinking I should persevere, but never do, I feel I fish far more positively when my concerns are for a single flee and the issues that surround it!.
Pedro.
 

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Sometimes I fish them, most often with a floating line and small flies, and sometimes I don’t.
I’ve tried the “smaller fly on the dropper for sea trout“ approach and reckon I’m as likely to catch a salmon on the small fly and a sea trout on the bigger fly. I’ve lost fish when dropper knots have failed (which is part of the reason I don’t use fluorocarbon for salmon) and when the trailing hook has got caught in a snag. I don’t know if I catch more (or fewer) fish with them but they’re a good way of hedging your bets when you can’t decide what fly to put on.
 

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Its not just giving you option of 2 different patterns and 2 different sizes but 2 different depths also which I think is a good bonus.
I've seen the grilse come up for a look at the dropper and nail the point.
Still won't fish a dropper in the spring though
 

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Only use droppers on lakes _l find it hard enough to land fish on a single fly-they normally head straight for the nearest snag when l hook 'em
 

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Tend not to fish a dropper when fishing tubes in big waters but otherwise as others have said it lets you offer a smaller fly on the dropper which the fish sometimes seem to prefer. You might lose a few due to the dropper but I reckon the gains outweigh this.
 

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BTW, I have had issues with droppers parting easily when using fluorocarbon (mainly when trout fishing).

I always tuck the ends of my knots and this definitely seems to help.

I mainly use Maxima for salmon fishing and would be very wary about using low diameter fluorocarbon for salmon.
 

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Saw a very interesting way of fishing a dropper last season. It consisted of a length of mono attached to a tiny swivel as the dropper which was threaded onto the main leader, this was held in place the required distance from the point fly by a tiny rubber stop that carp anglers use. The idea is that if a fish takes the dropper it slides down the leader to the point fly thus stopping the dreaded trailing point fly from snagging up while a fish is being played. I've not had chance to try it yet but intend to this season.
Any chance of putting a diagram drawing of this buddy,sounds like a lot answers to some chaps,great post.keep up the good work mate.........jimmythefish
 

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Thats why i like them. It gives the option to fish 1 large and 1 small fly or 1 dull and 1 bright etc first run through the pool rather than fishing it twice and changing flys.

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Spot on buddy,one dark and one bright,that’s how to use em for sure.
 

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Should of said earlier i normally only use a dropper when fishing single hander with a floating line, the dropper skating the surface as for loch fishing, if it sinks it sinks if it floats it floats, but the fly is normally coated with floatant.
 
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