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    Bad luck on the big fish Haptonlad, you win some you loose some.
    Always use 12 or 15lbs maxima and I always soak flies and leader well(in the margin) before starting to fish to ensure flies and line sink well on the very first cast.
    I too always fish a dropper, never had an issue with the point or dropper getting hooked up on a snag in over 40 yrs. I do believe that by giving the fish the choice of 2 totaly different flies on the same cast I have more of a chance of a hook up. Over the years I have caught catch more fish on the dropper than the point. A mate of mine fishes a 3 fly cast!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by haptonlad View Post
    I usually use Maxima but it takes a while before it starts sinking below the surface & it doesn't turn over as good as fluorocarbon.
    I know a very good ex sea trout fisherman that wouldn't use a dropper for exactly the same reasons you state Spencer, he says it has cost him some good fish over the years.
    The reason I use 2 flies is because I feel it's more chance of getting fish to go for the flies & you can try different size & patterns to find what works best.
    The only time I don't use a dropper is when I'm sink line fishing.
    Your a lot more experienced than me so I'm always looking for ways to improve my fishing, so I will definitely take your advice on board.
    Thanks Paul.
    I think we are all experienced Haptonlad Sometimes I just wish I did not have to work so hard as my brother in law when salmon fishing.
    He seems to be a natural where as I have to work for it .Get that big one on the bank and let's see a picture

    Sewinfly.........

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    I will continue to use droppers then because it gives me confidence TBH.
    I'm sure one day it will cost me a good fish.
    I also use them when salmon fishing too apart from when it's to windy.
    Thanks for your advice chaps.
    Tight lines

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    Quote Originally Posted by haptonlad View Post
    I will continue to use droppers then because it gives me confidence TBH.
    I'm sure one day it will cost me a good fish.
    I also use them when salmon fishing too apart from when it's to windy.
    Thanks for your advice chaps.
    Tight lines
    I have lost the odd fish because of fishing a dropper where the dropper or point fly has become snagged when playing a fish - it happened last time I was at Woodmill in fact. But I still fish them as I think that overall a dropper will improve your chances. It's not only another fly in the water but the point fly will fish at a faster speed than the dropper fly so you are getting to try two different speeds on the one cast.

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    I always fish a dropper, too: like haptonlad, it gives me more confidence. I somehow imagine that two flies fishes better than one (although that really doesn't make much sense). However, I seem to catch at least as many on the dropper as the point. I often like to use a small pale muddler on the dropper, with a bigger fly on the point.

    Paul

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    I was out again last night on the big pool, what a difference a week make with these dry hot conditions we're having.
    there were stones showing that I've not seen before & the river was a mass of green slime clogged around the edge of river, this shit was drifting down river making fishing very difficult to say the least.
    I spent most of the night removing it off my flies & leader, I won't be rushing back to the river in these conditions, the river desperately need a good flushing out sooner rather than later.
    I never had a touch & I'd had enough after a couple of hours.

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