Anchor Flies and the Women That Love Them

The anchor fly holds it down, plain and simple. It’s all there right in the name of the thing. An anchor fly has one job: getting the rig down to the fish, and fast. With bumping flows in the spring, a nymph rig is still the fast way to find some fish, and an anchor fly that drops you into the water column and keeps your rig where the fish are is worth it’s lead round wire. Rivers in western Montana are coming into shape and the dry fly options are opening up, but early on a two fly nymph rig still seems to be the ticket to fish bliss.

Prince variations make a great anchor fly in larger sizes, like these size 8s tied with Arizona Simi Seal dubbing. 

In the search for the perfect anchor fly in a two fly nymph rig, the Pat’s rubberlegs is the go-to for our stonefly rich waters but the standard prince nymph is not far behind. When choosing an anchor fly, keep it dull and heavy. Flash and frills can stay in the box. While we’re looking to catch fish on either fly, the main job of the anchor fly is to drop the rig into the right spot and keep it there. A dull nymph with a more enticing smaller pattern will do the trick nicely. And while an anchor fly might not be a girl’s best friend, it will put you in touch with fish faster than anything Tiffany’s has to offer.

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