Talking Streamers with Kelly Galloup
Sex Dungeons. Butt Monkeys. Stacked Blondes. Barely Legals. Bodacious names aside, Kelly Galloup’s flies have changed the face (and attitude) of modern fly fishing. This week I caught up with Kelly as he put the finishing touches on his latest book, Streamers II, the technical sequel to Modern Flies for Trophy Trout, one of the best-selling and most influential fly fishing books of all time. Kelly and I talked about the early days of streamer design, the problem with most new big fly patterns, how to choose the right line for the job, and how to become a better streamer angler faster.
MC: It seems that just about everyone is fishing streamers these days. What was it like in the early days when you were developing these flies, reaction theories and presentation techniques?
KG: It was a whole different world. Back then, everyone who fished streamers—and there weren’t many of them—began with the idea that the first step to building a streamer was literally to wrap as much lead as you could get onto a hook and still have a gap. They weren’t designed to swim, they were designed to be dead-drifted or dredged. They dropped vertically in the water column, and that really bothered me. Nothing in nature drops vertically in the water column. Absolutely nothing. The idea with the neutrally weighted flies that I developed was that when you stopped imparting action to the fly with your rod, any current available was there to make the fly move, flutter, like a dying baitfish. The flies I designed moved with either a vertical or lateral serpentine movement. They didn’t drop vertically in the water column. They followed the sinking line to get down.
My discovery of that reaction bite came from…
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