Try a "Popper-Dropper" Rig for Bass and Panfish

May 26, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

Fly fishermen have plenty of larger and more glamorous fish to choose from, but arguably none as eager to take a fly as bream and bass. Indeed, these warmwater species seem tailor-made for the fly rod.
But there are times when these normally eager fish can frustrate even the most skilled fly angler. On slow days, consider trying a “popper-dropper” rig. Similar to a “hopper-dropper” rig, a “popper-dropper” rig is one where a floating popper is trailed by a dropper fly about 18 inches behind. Like a giant “indicator fly,” the popper does the attention-getting while the dropper often catches the fish.