Streamer Fly Fishing
Streamer fly fishing and use of
streamers is probably the most maligned form of fly fishing in existence. The reasons for this are many but to
put it bluntly much of it comes from those who think the only form of fly fishing is "Matching the Hatch" with a
dry fly. Unfortunately, I don't know where these people fish but it's hard to find rising trout these days and the
hatches are diminishing. I live in the limestone spring creek area of Pennsylvania and even here the hatches are
not what they use to be.
The Black Ghost Streamer: Still a
Many fly anglers turn their noses at using streamers and to put it
bluntly most fly anglers use them incorrectly and that includes their methods and techniques. Day in and day out
streamers will catch a ton of trout (and other game fish) and larger ones too. Fly fishermen use many methods to
fish streamers however, most of the methods used are not the best way to use these flies. So let's start off by
talking about the minimum types of streamers you should carry.
Streamer Fly Box an Selection
You should have the following groups of streamers in your possession at all
Black Ghost, Grey Ghost
Clouser Minnow in various colors
Marabou's: White, Red, Yellow, Black and combinations
Ed Shenk's Sculpin or similar pattern
Matuka's in various shades and colors
Wooly Buggers: Both regular and Bead Heads
Buck Tails: Mickey Finn and similar type patterns
The reason you have such a group is because it covers the three depths you'll be fishing: Top,
middle and bottom of the stream. There's the first mistake most fly anglers make they don't understand that
effective streamer fishing occurs at all three levels of a stream.
Wooly Bugger: One of the Most Effective Streamers
You should carry these streamers in three sizes: small (14), medium (10), and large (6). Why?
Because size is just as important in fishing streamers as is the color depending upon water level and environmental
conditions. Now this mix will get you started. I actually carry quite a few more but that's for another day.
Let's talk about how to fish streamers.
Streamer Fly: Yellow Marabou
Streamer Fishing Technique
The first mistake most fly anglers make is the angle of their rod. To hook more trout keep the rod
tip down; pointed at the water, not up. If you don't do this you miss many fish. Second, keep your forefinger on
the line against the rod at all time even when stripping the fly. Third, use heavier leaders. Quit trying to fish
streamers with light tippets. It's not necessary undermost conditions. Your tippet should be no lighter than 4x in
most instances and with heavier streamers 3x is the minimum. You can fish streamers in any direction but you'll get
more hits and hook more fish by fishing the streamer: Upstream.Well that should get you started. Give streamer
fly fishing a try and use these patterns and these techniques and I believe you'll find success.