The Forgotten Double Taper

by Devin Olsen

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The Forgotten Double Taper

When I first began fly fishing almost 20 years ago now my father handed my some pretty old gear to start my fly-fishing addiction. One of those gear pieces included a double taper line. As I began acquiring my own gear I of course bought a weight forward line like everybody told me to do. The weight forward revolution over the last few decades has brought on every conceivable type of taper one can imagine. It’s hard to even find a double taper fly line in most fly shops currently. In my opinion, this is a shame because the most common technique employed by western anglers today is best done with a double taper line. As an illustration, I’ll draw on my recent experience at the FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships in Norway.

Many of the nymphing techniques in today’s world of competitive fly fishing rely on achieving the utmost in drift and strike detection by the use of long leaders and little to no fly line out the tip of the rod, let alone on the water. In water that is broken and/or shallow, the currents are turbulent and complicated, and the fish are approachable, there is no deadlier approach that I’ve found to catch high numbers of trout. However, especially on larger lower gradient rivers, there is plenty of water with a smooth enough surface and/or great enough depth to make it impossible to approach holding water with short range techniques. Many of the anglers from other countries chose to use wet fly or streamer approaches for this type of water in Norway this year. I chose to pull out the deep dry dropper rig, which is as close to indicator nymphing as I’m allowed to get under the rules of FIPS Mouche competitions. Before Fly Fishing Team USA left for Norway, RIO was gracious enough to sponsor us with a few fly lines of our choice. One of the lines I chose was the only premium line RIO still features in a double taper, the Trout LT. I chose this line for one main purpose, to indicator nymph with a buoyant dry and dropper.