Question of the Week: June 9 2020

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Question:

I hear about and see fly fishermen fishing with two flies. How are they attached? Are they attached at the eye of the hook?

Answer:

It’s quite common to fly fish with more than one fly and there are quite a few ways to do it.  The most common way is by tying on a length of monofilament onto the curved part of fly # 1 by using a clinch knot.  Older anglers will pre-tie the clinch knot on their index finger and then transfer the knot onto fly #1 and pull the knot tight onto the fly.  That leaves you with a length of monofilament hanging out the back end of fly #1.  Tie fly #2 onto the monofilament no closer than 15 inches to fly #1 and presto you are fishing 2 flies.  This is the old school way to do it and most of us still do it this way.