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    Default Re: North Country Spider dropper length

    Yes a Chap named Steven Cheetham who runs North Country Spiders showed the method which as you say is virtually same as drop shot method.Works really well but need to make up casts ready to fish as changing flies requires a complete breakdown.Well worth a go if have confidence in your offerings.

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    Default Re: North Country Spider dropper length

    That's a relief, thought I'd dreamt it for a minute! Be a nightmare when losing flies but great for avoiding tangles.

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    Default Re: North Country Spider dropper length

    Quote Originally Posted by sailingval View Post
    OK, not sure...!! never seen such agreement in a post, but I think you are all saying 4/5 "

    Thanks so much that is really helpful. Why don't magazine articles include dropper lengths - it really is quite crucial.
    Because everyone has their own ideas on what constitutes the ideal dropper length.

    On those rare occasions that I fish a dropper on a river I prefer it to be about 6" which allows for a couple of fly changes if necessary. Others will doubtless disagree. On those occasions I am almost always fishing weighted nymphs - mostly two and very occasionally three. Don't seem to get many tangles, but lose one or two up trees!

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    Default Re: North Country Spider dropper length

    I am surprised Trout Fisherman magazine did not include dropper lengths in their article . I have a copy of Trout Fisherman mag issue 501 13 Sept - 10 Oct 2017 an article by Paul proctor fishing spiders on the rivers he recommends 4/5".
    Its not the same article revamped is it.
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    Default Re: North Country Spider dropper length

    So many facets to fishing North Country Spiders but much of it on Uk spider water is upstream using the flies/leader to hand technique which often means frequent close range casting the bane of long droppers.Across and down''wet'' style and on the swing running water plays games with longer droppers.Have a look at some of the masters of this craft and see how they do it.I like to fish spiders on our southern rivers here in Dorset but not permitted on our managed river trout fisheries or my local club's game waters.However there are some stretches on main rivers where opportunity knocks.Mostly if fishing droppers I will make a stiffish' dropper length with spider on the business end and a small loop on the other.This will be looped around the main line pulled up wetted and slid down to stop against a trimmed dropper knot.You can of course begin with normal dropper set up and when too short use method outlined to change the fly.Davy knot is a godsend for these casts.Good luck it is a real eye opener to us deprived southern folk


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    Last edited by JCP; 15-03-2018 at 08:31 AM.

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    Default Re: North Country Spider dropper length

    Very interesting. I might well try that.

    Thanks guys.

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    Also found it interesting, will be trying it out.

    Peter

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    Default Re: North Country Spider dropper length

    I actually use the drop-shot method for some set ups as very easy and it works if you are not one for keep ringing changes.Be prepared for a few trial runs tying to seat the knot properly.Plenty of lube and good to go.Good on the reservoirs too.Leave it to your imagination


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    Default Re: North Country Spider dropper length

    That video is a total load of *******s.
    The old timers used a method of attaching droppers that negated the need for the constant breaking down of the leader. Flies were actually sold dressed on droppers, which were then attached into the leader. With the method above, if a trout breaks your top fly, the rest of your leader is lost.
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    Default Re: North Country Spider dropper length

    That video is a total load of *******s.
    The old timers used a method of attaching droppers that negated the need for the constant breaking down of the leader. Flies were actually sold dressed on droppers, which were then attached into the leader. With the method above, if a trout breaks your top fly, the rest of your leader is lost

    Which one ?

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