TACTICS

How To Use Streamers In Tight Quarters
Catch Trophy Brown Trout By Stacking The Odds In Your Favor
How to Cast Heavy Streamers
3 Tips for Swinging Flies for Trout & Other Species
Streamerschool: Part 1 – Fishing in the fall
Streamerschool: Part 2 – Rods, lines and rigging
Streamerschool: Part 3 – Fishing
Articulated Streamers
Streamer Fishing for Trout – 5 Techniques
5 signs you might be a streamer junkie
3 Fly Fishing Situations When I Will Stop My Streamer During the Retrieve
Streamer Fishing Pocket Water
Streamer Fishing Bite Windows
Dead Drifting Small Streamers
Streamers and indicators
Streamer Tactics – Steve Schalla
Fishing Streamers for Trophy Trout
Trout Streamers And The Problem With Pushing Water
Fish like Chad – The streamer fishing guide
Podcast: The Ultimate Streamer Episode, with Mike Schmidt
Podcast: Predatory Trout with Kelly Galloup
Streamer Tactics for Small Trout Water
A look into Kelly Galloup’s fly boxes – Frankenfly
Talking Streamers with Kelly Galloup
8 Early Spring Streamer Tactics
Strategies for Streamer Fishing High Water on Tailwaters

How To Use Streamers In Tight Quarters

by Landon Mayer

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Big fish often live in small places, but they aren’t normally sipping daintily on emergers. They use their lairs as ambush points for large prey, making your close combat streamer strategies critically important. Landon Mayer Photo

We have all been there . . . casting a meaty streamer in narrow water to a dark shape lurking in a deep run. You make what you think was an awesome presentation, and just as the hulking trout speeds toward the fly, it makes a last-second retreat. Frustrated? You’re not alone.

Conventional wading streamer tactics teach you to fan a run with long swings or cover the water by casting toward the center and stripping the fly back toward you. These are great methods to produce results in large waterways, but are ill-suited for small creeks, tributaries, side channels, and the small spots in and around fish-holding structure. Like a quarterback threading the needle with a laser pass between two defenders, catching fish on streamers in these spots requires a more specific approach and delivery, not to mention specialized flies, rigging, and retrieves.

Controlled Depth
When you’re streamer fishing at close range, you don’t have the luxury of swimming the fly over long distances, giving the trout plenty of opportunity to follow the fly and make a decision. You need to instantly trigger an aggressive reaction, and a good starting point is to use streamers that imitate food sources the trout are familiar with.

In a big, brawling off-color freestone river you’re likely to use beefy black or flashy attractor patterns, but on smaller spring creeks, tailwaters, you’ll often find clearer water, and pickier fish, so imitations with
natural, imitative colors work best.

The weight and density of the fly may be even more critical, as controlling the sink rate of the fly—not the fly line—is key. In a larger pool or run you can count on a sinking-tip line to gradually sink the fly to the level of the trout, but if you’re trying to drop your fly into a bathtub-size dark spot between two boulders, you must count on the fly to drop into the target zone all on its own.

In situations like this, look for patterns like Matt Wilkerson’s Lawn Dart or John Barr’s Meat Whistle with tungsten cones to get to the fish in seconds, and give you a chance to add a retrieve before it moves out of the target zone.

And speaking of target zones, don’t forget about the shallow water. Too many streamer addicts associate big fish with big, deep runs but in truth, big fish in low-light situations prefer to hunt baitfish in the riffles and shallows. On waters with a lot of fishing pressure, large trout often…

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The stop, drop, and roll imitates the natural movements of sculpins and crayfish.

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Catch Trophy Brown Trout By Stacking The Odds In Your Favor

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THIS FISH HAS BEEN ALL OVER THE INTERNET. NOW I’M GOING TO TELL YOU EXACTLY HOW TO CATCH ONE LIKE IT FOR YOURSELF.

Once in a while the “perfect storm” really is perfect. My buddy Dan and I were throwing around some dates for a fishing trip the other day and when those dates started falling in November he said, “As you know, fall will be all about finding big brown trout.” Brown trout are addictive like almost no other freshwater fish. I can’t tell you how many anglers have told me, “I just want to catch a big brown.” We all want that but if you are serious about turning that want into real-life experience, you’ll need to work for it and you’ll still have to be lucky. Brown trout are tough customers. Moody, smart and reclusive, they put trout anglers to the test. Especially the big ones. There are two ways to get one. Either you can be lucky and just stumble into it, which is awesome and I highly recommend it, or you can do the leg work and put in the time. Your best bet is the combination of good timing, the right… continue reading here


 


 

Pro Tip: How to Cast Heavy Streamers

by Phil Monahan sculpin Heavy flies present casters with several troubling problems. We are all taught that good casting means throwing nice, tight loops and that high line speed makes for longer, more accurate casts. When there’s a lot of weight at the end of the line, however, you need to rethink these rules. If you throw tight, fast loops with a lot of weight at the end of the line, the results are shocking. . .literally. At the end of every forward- and backcast the heavy fly acts like a running dog hitting the end of its leash, bouncing backward. This sends shock waves down the line to the rod and screws everything up. When the fly bounces back at the end of your backcast, for instance, it introduces slack into your leader, which keeps you from achieving smooth acceleration. This often results in tailing loops that cause knots and rob you of accuracy. This slack in the line also causes you to lose control of the heavy projectile, which endangers your person and your fly rod. Given a little slack, the fly drops toward toward the ground in midcast, which also causes problems—especially if it lines up perfectly with your skull… continue reading here


 


 

3 Tips for Swinging Flies for Trout & Other Species

BY DSC7102 Some time back I read a great fly fishing article on MidCurrent titled, Beyond the Swing by John Likakis. It was a fly fishing techniques piece packed with tons of information about the how-tos of swinging flies. It’s a great read for any angler wanting to become more competent and effective at swinging flies for trout and other species. If you happened to miss reading this one, please check it out after today’s post. After I read John’s article, it inspired me to share three swinging fly tips of my own. Each tip is meant to help the anglers out there who’ve just recently started swinging flies on the water.

3 ROOKIE TIPS FOR SWINGING FLIES

 

TIP 1: DON’T HOLD YOUR ROD TIP TOO HIGH OFF THE WATER WHEN…

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STREAMER SCHOOL: PART 1 – FISHING IN THE FALL

by Kyle Wilkinson Schoolpart1 TIS’ THE SEASON TO FEED THEM MEAT! Streamers. Streamers. Streamers. You gotta love ‘em.  If I’m not fishing dry flies, I want to be fishing with a Streamer. We’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about fishing Streamers, how to fish them, which one to fish, rigging, so on and so forth. With that in mind, we will address Streamer fishing in a 3 part series over the next 3 weeks.  Part one, which you’re about to read, will address the first (and sometimes most confusing) part of this whole process- Choosing The Right Streamer To Fish Next week’s installment will cover rigging, fly rods, fly lines, and leader and tippet selection. Part three will include retrieval methods, presentation, casting, and making on-stream fly adjustments. But back to todays topic- Choosing the right streamer. Streamer fishing has without a doubt been growing in popularity over the past 10 years.  It would only make sense then that this growth in popularity has led to an unbelievable amount of new Streamer patterns available for anglers. The continual development of new tying materials being utilized in these flies, along with the introduction of articulation (jointed flies), has created some truly incredible patterns.  And while all this is good, great and grand…..it can also be a little confusing, especially for the fly angler looking to “throw some meat” for the first time. When it comes to choosing a Streamer to fish, there are two main factors to consider- Color & Size.  Oftentimes when streamer fishing, just like with nymphing or dry fly fishing, you will find that a certain combination of color and size will produce the best results… continue reading here


 


STREAMER SCHOOL: PART 2- RODS, LINES & RIGGING

by Kyle Wilkinson SchoolPart2

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR RIGGING, FLY RODS, FLY LINES, AND LEADER AND TIPPET SELECTION.

 

Earlier this month, during Part 1 of this 3 part series devoted to Streamer fishing, we discussed how to pick the right streamer to fishbased on water clarity, prevailing conditions, and fish size. If you’ve ever found yourself confused by this topic and didn’t get a chance to read part 1 click here So now we’ve arrived at the river, assessed the situation and determined which Streamer we’ll start fishing….but now what? In this second installment, we’ll discuss rigging, fly rods, fly lines and leader/tippet selection to help ensure you’re properly outfitted to fish your chosen Streamer.  We’ll start with the topic of fly rods, which seems to be a common topic with our customers around the shop. People often come in “lookin’ for a good Streamer rod”…and while many rods on the market will work for Streamer fishing, the ones specifically designed for this application are not only a joy to fish, but can definitely save your arm/shoulder if throwin’ meat will be the plan for the majority of your day. When I think of a good streamer rod for fishing around the Rocky Mountains, it’s almost always going to be a 6wt- particularly for my walk/wade fishing. When it comes to float fishing, I’ve found myself spending more and more time with a 7wt for my Streamer applications. The reason I make the differentiation…

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STREAMER SCHOOL: PART 3 – FISHING

by Kyle Wilkinson Schoolpart3

THOUGHTS ON PRESENTATION, RETRIEVAL, CASTING AND ON-WATER FLY ADJUSTMENTS. 

 

Welcome to part 3 of our 3 part series devoted to Streamer fishing. Two weeks ago we discussed Choosing The Right Streamer To Fish.  If you didn’t get a chance to read it click here. Last week we moved on to discuss Fly Rods, Lines, Leader/Tippet and Rigging.  If you happened to miss that article, click here. So here we are at part 3. We’ve learned how to pick a proper streamer to fish given the conditions. Learned how to properly set up and rig our streamer to fish…..so it’s time to get to the fun part. Let’s go fishing! When streamer fishing, we’re looking to get a reactionary strike out of the fish.  Big fish like big meal…although you will find out sometimes little fish like big meals as well, but I digress. Our focus here is looking for the big one. Big fish know they need calories to survive. As you can imagine, a 4-6 inch meal packs way more calories than a bunch of little mayflies.  When fish feed- and this doesn’t matter if we’re talking trout or tuna- part of the driving force behind feeding is the ratio of energy spent to attain the meal vs. energy gained from that meal. This is why when you find a trout sipping mayflies, it is most likely holding very still and calmly eating them. There’s not a ton of calories gained from a couple dozen mayflies, however virtually no energy was expended to get them.  For streamer fishing, you will oftentimes see a fish follow your fly half way across the river because that fish knows, should it eat, that it will be getting a lot of calories as a result of the effort… continue reading here

 


 


Articulated Streamers

by Brad Smith of AR HeadHunters headhuntd-1 Streamer Fishing If you’ve been paying attention the last couple of years you will have noticed a number of great grip and grins featuring huge brown trout with half a chicken hanging from their mouths.  Streamer fishing, in particular larger articulated streamers, has jumped in popularity ever since the high water years starting back in 2008 and for good reason.  It’s the best shot on the river to hook up with a fish of a lifetime given proper conditions.  Fishing small streamers like muddlers, clousers and sculpin patterns isn’t anything new but chunking an 8” fly on a trout stream doesn’t seem to match any hatch you would think you would normally encounter.  That is until you realize the hatch your matching is the fish you normally catch.  These predatory fish are too large to spend their day sorting scuds, midges and whatever else makes its way down the river.  These fish are plenty large to take stocker size rainbows and many spend their days laid up downstream of the trout docks feeding on the guts and carcasses of cleaned trout… continue reading here Untitled-5


 


 

Streamer Fishing for Trout – 5 Techniques

by Kyle Shea denekirainbow Yesterday marked the first official day of Autumn here in the northern hemisphere, and for many of us, that means streamer season. Fall spawning trout (brook and brown trout) are most territorial during this time, rainbow trout are on the prowl for large food items to fatten up for the long winter ahead, and as always, the biggest and baddest fish in the run is looking for a meal. Enter the streamer. Streamer fishing is a super fun and effective way to target trout of all species. In Alaska, our streamers typically consist of sculpin, smolt, and leech patterns, but matching the particular baitfish or other forage in your waters can make the difference. Big flies, big takes, and big fish is what streamer fishing is all about, and we do a lot of it. However, we’ve found that most anglers fish streamer patterns using only one technique before giving up on the streamer and reaching back for the nymphs. Every day, every river, and every run is different, and successful anglers know that changing up retrieves is key in fooling more trout. Here are 5 ways to fish a streamer more effectively.

              1. The Swing. Cast across and slightly down stream…

 

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5 signs you might be a streamer junkie.

by Ryan Kaufman Flymen51   With fly fishing, as with anything in life, people develop habits and preferences. There’s the dry fly enthusiast. This person is the true purist. If you’re not enticing a fish to eat on the surface you’re not even really fly fishing. Conversations about shuck materials and wing placement can go on for hours. It’s “dry or die” and bamboo all the way.  There’s the Euro-nympher. This person is out to put a hole in the lip of every fish in the stream. They regard the FIPS-Mouche competition rules as the bible and tungsten beads as their savior. They don kneepads and use nets with huge hoops. And then there are those who stay up till the wee hours of the morning drinking and attaching more feathers, hair, and flash to a size 4 hook or bigger than you can shake a 10 foot 3 weight at. The visual experience of watching a big fish chase down and crush a big fly is what keeps the blood pumping through their veins.  These are the streamer junkies.  See Brian Wise’s post, Fly tying and beer: 4 essential streamer pairings to maximize your mojo. Are you a streamer junkie? If any of the following 5 signs apply to you… you might be a streamer junkie.

1. If you sacrifice numbers for size… 

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3 Fly Fishing Situations When I Will Stop My Streamer During the Retrieve

by  streamerfishing Warning: The fly fishing advice you’re about to read may go against your present beliefs. There’s a good chance you’ll feel inclined to tell me I’m nuts for recommending it. That’s totally cool, I just ask that you read what I’ve written, before you make the decision to set me straight.

IT HAS LONG BEEN DRILLED INTO OUR HEADS, THAT THE WORST THING A FLY FISHERMAN CAN DO WHEN A FISH IS TRACKING HIS/HER STREAMER, IS STOP THE RETRIEVE.

I agree with this advice 95% of the time because most prey when threatened by a predator, will swim as hard and fast as possible to escape being eaten. That being said, I’ve been on the water many times when the constant-strip retrieve, or even the speed-up retrieve with my streamer, has failed to get me the hook up from a following fish. It was only when I thought outside the box, and found the courage to go against the popular view that streamers should always be kept moving when a fish is tracking, that I found myself with a bent rod. With most things in fly fishing, there’s always exceptions to the rule. No matter how rare the exception may come up, a fly fisherman should always be willing to experiment when traditional tactics aren’t producing. If I told you that you were going to be streamer fishing a river where there were lots of injured and dying baitfish, would you still believe that a constant retrieve with a streamer would be your best tactic? continue reading here


 


 

Streamer Fishing Pocket Water

by Ty Loomis BozemanReelEdit2-1-2 Imagine a roaring freestone nestled in thick pines with smooth, round rocks scattered throughout it’s tealish water. For me, this is exactly what I picture when I hear pocket water – a term used to describe a beat of water with many pools and eddies. Pocket water is a good thing due to the abundance of oxygen and shelter, two things that trout and trout food love. Most fly fisherman would tackle this scenario with some tungsten bead heads and an indicator. Well, I’m here to say screw that! In this article I am going to outline what, in my opinion, is the best approach to fishing these pockets with a streamer. Reading the Water Trying to dissect a section pocket water can be overwhelming at first. What you need to focus on first is finding the “hot spots.” What’s a hot spot? Well in streamer fishing, a hot spot is wherever you think a trout will be hiding out ready to ambush it’s prey.  Remember, you aren’t targeting nymph fish, likely to be in the middle of the run. These are smart, calculated fish that hide in the smallest nooks, eager to mangle a sculpin. Below is an illustration to point out what I would consider to be hot spots. continue reading here


 


 

Streamer Fishing Bite Windows

by PAT BURKE Trotbitten In fly fishing, bite windows are a period of time when fish are keyed in and are extremely willing to take an offering.  For an eastern dry fly fisherman, a prime bite window would be the last hour of daylight in late May during the sulphur hatch.  That hatch is prolific enough to bring up every fish in the river.  It is definitely a time that you want to plan around, and if possible,  be on the water.  Another example is in early afternoon in March on a cold overcast day.  BWOs will often pour off the water, struggling to dry their wings, giving trout an extended period to take the helpless insect before it escapes the surface.  Again this is another short window, maybe a couple hours, where the fishing can be incredible.  While there are many more examples of dry fly fishing bite windows, and numerous nymphing bite windows, I’ll be discussing a few of my favorite bite windows for streamer fishing. Nothing gets the blood flowing more than when a fish erupts from the depths to engulf a streamer.  Those are my personal favorite moments in fly fishing.  It gives you a small glimpse of what it must feel like to be a baitfish attempting to escape a predator.  Now imagine getting the right conditions where many fish in a stream are behaving that way simultaneously… continue reading here


 


Dead Drifting Small Streamers

by  FROG98

Don’t Strip & Twitch, but Dead Drift Small Streamers

Several years ago while living and fishing in Colorado, I remember attending a presentation in Denver in which some guides were talking  the effectiveness of dead drifting wooly buggers and small leeches (among many other things). Shortly thereafter I started fishing the Grey Reef section of the North Platte with a little regularity. Anyone who fishes this section of river is well aware of the effectiveness of dead drifting (as opposed to stripping) small (sz 8 – 12) leech patterns. There have been a handful of other situations in which respected fisherman and guides have suggested or demonstrated the tactic of dead drifting small streamer patterns. So, over the last few years I’ve employed this practice more and more often. There are a few scenarios in which I believe this practice is particularly effective, so here they are: 1.) Fall, Early Winter (i.e., right now!), and Early Spring – When insect activity is at a minimum on most rivers, trout are a little more opportunistic and less selective. During these times of year when nymphing attractor nymphs, scuds, worms, etc. is the name of the game, I really like dead drifting wooly buggers, small-medium sized leeches, and crayfish patterns. In most cases, I want to get the fly down deep as that’s where the majority of fish are holding during this time of year (especially in the winter). By providing a larger than normal offering to trout, you may not catch quite as many fish as you would if you were using a scud that matches the many naturals, but the average size of fish you hook into may be a little larger as the bigger fish can be more inclined to eat a big meal… continue reading here

 

 


 


 


Streamers and indicators 

by Brent Postal Indicators not only improve your ability to detect strikes, they also add control and versatility to your streamer setups. Tandem-Strike-Indicators

Anglers have been catching trout with streamers for more than a century. And in all that time, the rigging and technique for presenting streamers have gone relatively unchanged—a heavy leader and split-shot if needed, the across-stream cast, the dead drift, the swing, then the strip. There is another way to catch trout with streamers, but to employ it, you’ll need to delve into the world of  nymphing for a tactic not generally associated with buggers, Zonkers, and muddlers.

I first stumbled across this technique when I suspected that I was missing strikes between strips. Somewhat cautiously, I fastened a yarn indicator a few feet above the fly. I quickly fell in love with the improved ability to know where the fly is and to dead-drift it with confidence. The beauty of this technique is that the angler has control of the streamer and no longer relies solely on feel to set the hook. Plus you can probe exact depths with simple adjustments of the indicator, a very important aspect on picky lake fish or selective river trout. You can also amend the indicator setup to help improve strike detection. Rigging and Mending The general setup is simple and can be adjusted or easily altered as the situation dictates. First, determine the depth of the water, and more important… continue reading here


 


 

Streamer Tactics 

by Steve Schalla A Downstream Sweep is probably the most popular presentation of streamers on streams. Usually, it is used with Full Sink or Sink-Tiplines. Cast the streamer across and slightly downstream. As the streamer moves downstream, line drag will cause the streamer to sweep across the feeding zone of the fish. The fish are presented a broadside profile of the fly as the sweep is beng made. This will generally provoke a strike. Once the pattern is directly downstream, retrieve with quick strips and pauses. Use your rod tip to work the streamer back and forth within the current as you are retrieving the line. Another way to get a jigging motion to the streamer is to use two sizes of tippet where the streamer is tied to the smaller diameter tippet and the larger diameter tippet is attached to the leader. Put a small split shot where the two tippets are joined. This will produce a jigging action to the fly upon retrieval. Also try jiggling your rod tip so the the fly also twitches while it swims continue reading here

 


 


 

Fishing Streamers for Trophy Trout

 

These flies will make you ache and bleed. They’ll also fool big trout.

 

 

 

Article by Joe Cermele

 

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Wide Loads Materials such as rabbit strips and Laser Dub create more wiggle and a wider profile. Photograph by Jarren Vink I have never met a trout guide who wouldn’t readily admit that streamers put the most trophy trout in the net. I discovered this truth a few years ago, right around the time several new-school fly-tiers started pushing the envelope with trout streamers, patterns that made a Muddler Minnow look as puny as a Griffith’s Gnat. Longer bodies, greater wiggle, extra bulk, more flash—there is nothing subtle about these flies. At first I felt foolish casting 6 inches of meat on a trout stream, but the first time a big brown slammed the streamer, I was sold. Soon my go-to rod was a 7-weight instead of a 5, and after a few seasons I’d landed a lot more 20-inch browns. Continue reading here

 

 


 


 

Trout Streamers And The Problem With Pushing Water

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THAT FLY PUSHES A LOT OF WATER, BUT DOES IT CATCH A LOT OF FISH?

Like most human endeavors, fly fishing is subject to fads. One of the latest fads in the sport is flies designed to push water. Largely fueled by the increased popularity of musky fishing with the fly rod, fly tyers are pushing the boundaries like never before. Streamer patterns commonly resembling something Tina Turner might have worn in Mad Max are the norm and nothing is off limits. It’s the Wild West. The mantra of most folks tying these flies is “push more water.” The idea behind pushing water is simple. A large fly with a blunt head displaces a lot of water when stripped. Fish “hear” this water displacement through their lateral line and it helps them key in on the fly. Nothing wrong with that logic. It’s all true. When fishing for species like musky or redfish which rely on sound more than sight to hunt, it’s a truly important principal and flies that push water produce. But it’s not always the most important element of a fly’s design. In fact, when this idea that a fly must push water makes it’s way into trout fishing it often causes more problems than it solves. Trout are predominantly visual feeders. They live in clear water where their excellent vision is their greatest asset. This is not to say that they pay no attention to what they hear or smell but they do not aggressively eat midges because they push water… continue reading here


 


 

Fish like Chad

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FINE TUNE YOUR STREAMER SKILLS WITH SIMMS AMBASSADOR, CHAD JOHNSON.

Throwing dries might be the purist way to catch trout, but when it comes to catching the one, take a lesson from a guy who makes a living putting his clients on the biggest browns of their lives with streamers. Chad Johnson of Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher. Born and raised in Mississippi, Johnson now resides a stones throw away from the renown White River in Arkansas. While he happily guides dry fly and nymphers, his true passion and expertise lies in throwing giant streamers to some of the largest brown trout in the world. If you want to up your streamer game, read on and take the advice from one of the best in the biz. Simms: How did this whole streamer game start for you? Johnson: Oh I’d say it all started about seven years ago, Alex Lafkas came down from Michigan to fish. He was throwing smaller streamers and wasn’t really turning anything so for a laugh, he put on a giant muskie fly. While fishing, Alex broke a rod and called Dally’s to ask if he could borrow a rod. I grabbed a rod and brought it down to him and asked if he had done any good. He told me they caught some really nice fish and showed… Continue reading here. …and tie like Chad here:  …and don’t forget to visit: http://www.simmsfishing.com/ , https://theozarkflyfisher.com/


 


 


Podcast:

 

The Ultimate Streamer Episode, with Mike Schmidt

You can’t talk articulated streamers without mentioning Kelly Galloup… Ok, done…now lets talk Michael Schmidt…or let him speak.Orvis podcaster Tom Rosenbauer asking the right questions while Mike reveals his inner thoughts, tips and tricks about the most exiting fly fishing trend…Articulated Streamers….MIKE2Click on pic below to listen:podcast_main


Podcast:

 

Predatory trout with Kelly Galloup

Kelly Galloup has been around a for along time, that’s for sure. You see the evidence on the picture below. Click on it to listen to the podcast made by Zach Matthews from Itinerant Angler. Be sure to visit Kelly G’s homepage: www.slideinn.com Zach Matthews: “Kelly Galloup is the inventor–or at least the compiler–of modern trophy trout streamer fishing. Listen in as he gives what amounts to a masterclass in his unique sinking line/articulated streamer techniques for “mature” trout; you know, the ones over twenty-five inches!” Galloup_pod


 


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Streamer Tactics for Small Trout Water

 

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I recently wrote an article for Southern Culture on the Fly magazine that talked about streamer fishing tactics and rigging for small trout water, and I wanted to share it on the blog. Make sure to check out the full fall issue of SCOF, which is gangbusters as usual. Below is my  revised version that I’ve edited to be a little more clear, and I’ve added further explanation in areas that I felt needed it.

 

Streamer Tactics for Small Trout Water

 

Streamer fishing isn’t for everyone. I’ve known fly fisherman that would refuse to tie one on, even if you offered them a 20 dollar bill. But for those very few anglers that find fishing them repulsive, there’s plenty more of us out there that hold a deep love for streamers. It’s long been known by fly fisherman that streamers hold an uncanny ability to tempt the largest fish in our water. Streamers work on all types of trout water (rivers, streams and still-waters), but despite their wide range of effectiveness, most of the attention and information provided to fly fisherman in the past has been heavily skewed toward only promoting fishing them on our larger rivers and streams. To some degree, this favoritism has resulted in giving the impression to many beginner and intermediate fly fisherman that streamer fishing isn’t meant for small stream applications, and they should leave them at home. The truth is, that’s not the case at all. I’ve landed some of my largest trout on small streams with streamers when I couldn’t get them to eat a dry or wet fly.

 

It’s important for fly anglers to know they can have just as much success with streamers on small water as they can on larger water, and they shouldn’t overlook the opportunity to use them when conditions are right. Furthermore, if we lumped all of our trout water together in the region, the overwhelming majority of it would be considered small trout streams, creeks and high-elevation tributaries.

 

Small Stream Strategies for Streamers

 

The first thing you need to understand is that you need to….

 

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A look into Kelly Galloup’s fly boxes

 

Kelly Galloup with a big brown

I asked king streamer junkie Kelly Galloup to send me a photo of one of his fly boxes because I thought FrankenFly readers might want to see it. He obliged and lists the patterns that are included. Kelly also sent me some pictures of the fly boxes he takes when he goes fishing. Check it out!

 

Kelly Galloup’s Slide Inn Fly Fishing Lodge

 

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Talking streamers with Kelly Galloup

by Dave Karczynski

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… Continue reading here:

 

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8 Early Spring Streamer Tactics

By Tim Romano

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One of my favorite ways to fish for trout is by throwing streamers. I’m a total sucker for it. Whether that’s out of a boat or walking down a bank, there’s nothing quite like that big tug you get when fishing those bigger baitfish and leech patterns for trout. Heck, even if you aren’t landing fish you at least get the satisfaction of the swipes, tugs and long follows. That’s why utilizing a streamer might just be your best bet for some action early in the season. Typically the water is higher and colder, and less insects are hatching — making a streamer pattern an easy choice for its simplicity. Just don’t fish it like you would in the middle of the summer or early fall. Here are eight tips that are sure to help improve your fishing with the big bugs this spring.

1. Slow down. When water temps are quite a bit colder from snowmelt and early season rain fish are less aggressive and won’t move nearly as far to eat. Vary your retrieve speed and go much slower than you would later in the season.

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Strategies for Streamer Fishing High Water on Tailwaters

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IT’S REALLY HARD TO BEAT STREAMER FISHING HIGH WATER ON TAILWATER’S FROM A DRIFT BOAT.

Especially when your wanting to target trophy class fish. Although numbers of trout caught during high water flows usually are lower than fishing during low water flows, the size of your catches generally are much larger. In my opinion, the biggest fish in the river prefer to feed during high water because it’s easy for them to ambush their prey, and they feel camouflaged and protected by the high water flows.

For those of you that fish tailwater’s you probably understand water flows change significantly during generation and non-generation periods. Some tailwaters during minimum flow periods have water releases under 100 cubic feet of water per second (CFS), and when generation is taking place, water flows can be 10-20 times higher. Because of this, it’s very important for anglers fishing high water to outfit themselves correctly, otherwise they may find themselves coming off the water fish-less. Below are some tips and strageties I use on tailwaters when I’m fishing high water conditions.

Tip 1. Leave your 4-5 weight fly rods at home and pack your 7-9 weight fly rods.

Your best bet for going after the big boys during high water flows is fishing streamers. There are some tailwater’s out there where you can still dry fly and nymph fish effectively, but most of the time, if you want to target the largest trout in the river, you’ll want your flies to imitate the larger food sources. Some examples of these food sources are: sculpins, daces, crayfish, and fingerling size trout. These guys are the food choices that trophy class fish prefer to hunt down and forage on during high water flows. Since you’ll be fishing a variety of sinking fly lines and large profile streamer patterns on the water, outfitting yourself with a fly rod in the 7-9 weight range will cut down on your fishing fatigue and allow you to cast much more efficiently. High water streamer fishing is demanding on the fly angler, and ideally, you want to be able to make one or two false casts between presentations.

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