In BC we are not allowed to fish two flies while stillwater fishing in a boat alone, but we are allowed to fish two rods and this is something everyone should take complete advantage of. Time on the water is not unlimited, so why not maximize your chances each and every time out?
Fishing two rods at once allows you to capitalize and experiment when fishing is good, as well as the opportunity to see what is (or isn’t) working when things are slow. Here’s a few things to help when fishing two rods at the same time:
Fishing two different flies with two different presentations is a very effective way to handle slow fishing periods. An example of this would be fishing a clear intermediate or fast sinking line on one rod while allowing a chironomid or micro leech to sit static under a strike indicator on the other line. The static line requires no maintenance until your indicator drops, and the presentation on the sinking line can offer a polar-opposite presentation.
When two fish are hooked up, immediately try to feel out which one is bigger and put the other one in the holder. The chances of successfully landing both fish in a double-header aren’t great, so make the one you want count.
In a big chironomid hatch when thing are really happening, step outside your comfort zone and take one indcator off. Fishing a naked line becomes the most addicting form of chironomid fishing and will surprisingly out-fish a static indicator line at times, especially in calm conditions.