The first time, a good sized trout followed his streamer for a few feet. Hope it helps. As the fish continued to follow, he simply dropped the rod tip. I’d say screw it. . And it looked extremely natural. I fish more dries these days, but as Stephen M. (Black Ghost) said once, big fish eat little fish. Thanks, Bill. Your email address will not be published. Sometimes I let the drift finish out below me and swing around. This will give you a better hook set as the line is tight throughout the entire retrieve. Sawyer showed this to me as I peered over the side of the boat. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. Most of the time, that means the fish are close to the bottom feeding on anything in the “drift”…insects floating with the current. One of the main items to be aware of is that fishing with streamers tends to elicit very aggressive strikes out of fish. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. Fishing streamers on still water: The above has been catered to those fishing rivers, however, the same rules apply to fishing still water such as lakes. It adds another fun element back into the game. I fish 4 inch flies when a river has a lot of holes that are 3 to 6 feet deep. The pivot happened every time he let the fly rest on the bottom. In order to have any chance at all of hooking and landing fish, the fly fisher must present flies in the fish… And advanced angling starts by being aware of the stats. Domenick Swentosky T R O U T B I T T E N domenick@troutbitten.com. How to Fish Streamers Tuck. My favorite rod for this type of fishing is a 9’ 6wt Sage Method, but I prefer fast rods overall. One of the most important things to consider when selecting a streamer is the water and light conditions. And be nice. (Sometimes I think of it as an active nymphing approach.). The easiest way to catch a big fish on a fly is on a streamer. I enjoy writing and putting all this together. It's almost a necessity if you're fishing something with a deer … Streamers are representations of baitfish, crayfish, leeches and other larger food for fish. Streamers. I use a weighted Shenk’s White Minnow, or Burke’s White Variant, which is a spin off from Loren Williams’ Rat Bastard. https://troutbitten.com/2014/11/05/the-backing-barrel/. George Daniel’s book Strip Set Purchase here to support Troutbitten. I try to consciously cycle through a series of variations before changing flies. This article is part of the Walk Along series. It’s exciting. White is usually visible in all but the muddiest water conditions. Sawyer did the opposite. It’s new to me, and you answered a lot of questions I thought about streamer fishing. I’m also thankful for the audience that supports it. Book now to join me in 2020. I’ve had much success with the mono rig on a 4wt setup nymphing in the GA “mountains” and am curious about your streamer hardware for bigger fish. Do you mean you have or have not yet fished streamers on your Mono Rig yet? Lead. I landed the largest wild trout of my life on a click and pawl reel. Your excellent post set me to thinking. Overweighting the rig is often the best bet, Trout Like To Do What Their Friends Are Doing, Distance: Know Your Weights and Measures — Part Two, Troutbitten State of the Union — 2020 Wrap Up, VIDEO | Fly Fishing the Mono Rig: Streamers — Episode 1, Tight Line and Euro Nymphing — The Lift and Lead, Streamer Presentations — The Tight Line Dance, Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #43 — Two Ways to Recover Slack, Get Short and Effective Drifts with Your Fly, Fly Casting — Five Tips For Better Mending, Lost Trout Are Your Fault — Streamer Fishing Myth v Truth, The Meat Eater Minority — Streamer Fishing Myth v Truth, Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #21 — Fear No Snag. Then you can really see what might work. Join Troutbitten and follow along. I’ve been lazy sometimes when tying on a strea… I rarely fish a Senko with any weight. In order to stall the fly the line must be high in the water column in many low water situations, which is why this is necessary to master. Thanks. And on many days, the fish eat it — a lot. … . Alex, the way I think about it, the white streamer on a tag would grab too much current and cause too much drag on the nymph underneath — in many situations. It does introduce some drag to the system because it’s usually in a different current speed than the point streamer. Streamer fishing is distinctly different than dry fly fishing … So if you want to catch big fish, throw streamers … I have the same issue as you described with getting my rig snagged. Small marabou streamers, twitch flies (skunks, bitch creeks…), buggers, etc., they all have their time. I also use a small Motto’s Minnows. And it produces — sometimes and in some places. Join the mailing list to receive all Troutbitten articles and updates directly to your inbox. . Remember, the old school streamer style is about presenting an easy meal to the trout. When fishing streamers, choose flies with different colors and … True story. For deeper and faster water the sink tip helps you to fish unweighted flies at a greater depth. Fished a guided float trip on a medium size river here in SW MI. Drop. Examples of what a streamer imitates: minnows, shad, crayfish and other aquatic bugs. Hi Domenick, just stumbling across your encyclopedia of tactics and I can’t get enough! Fishing streamers in a down-and-across position is easier because of the immediate tension that is created by placing the fly downstream of your position. Noel, no I haven’t, but now I might. You won’t be using any 5X strength material here. Even a two inch streamer may turn trout off, but streamers drifted through a trout’s area always gets their attention, so we might as well add a nymph to the rig and give them another option. It often works better for less advanced streamer fishermen because it won’t snag as easily, though it is typically harder for them to cast. The patterns listed are ones that I recommend everyone have in their fly boxes, simply because … We are an equal opportunity service provider. One more thing. I can easily change out this rig above the sighter and get back to my nymphing rig in about a minute — tying just one knot — by storing the pre-tied streamer and nymphing rigs on Loon Outdoors Rigging Foam. That means you make your least effective presentation to the most … The first thing you will want to consider is the rod you will be using. Since these fly fishing flies are designed to imitate small baitfish that larger fish feed on, many streamers tend to be larger than other types of flies. My good friend, Sawyer, seems to know all those tricks. I’ve seen other heavy headed flies do it too (coneheads, dumbell eyes, large beadheads), but not nearly as consistently as the ball head jig. Your email address will not be published. I also fish the Sage X 9’ 6wt and it has excelled in many small stream situations. Sawyer with a trout that took on the pivot. I like to keep the sighter streamer small — #8-#12 range. In low, clear, sunny conditions I have zero confidence that I’ll get fish to chase and eat a big streamer. Often, the rivers I fish have too much wood and vegetation for me to ride the bottom without getting snagged or picking up salad every other cast. Have you ever tried using the same style of “flesh flies” around here, or anywhere where the fish don’t benefit from tons of rotting salmon flesh flowing downstream? Just too many options. Watch the sighter to gauge the current speeds and to indicate when the streamer has paused on the bottom. Hi. And learn to accurately judge the distance you are casting. . Black streamers are most visible at night, so keep your flies on the dark side. To prevent this, lift the rod up on the retrieve, almost as if jigging. Know your weights and measures . Anyone can make a streamer fish … These views address all seasons, all distances and many variations . … Upstream streamer fishing, on … When Sawyer picks up the fly rod, he brings that same intensity for experimentation with him. If you watch this happen, you’ll see how tantalizing and natural it is. The head of the fly faces downstream during the retrieve, and when allowed to rest on the bottom, it immediately turns 180 degrees in the current. I do a lot better when I focus on one style of retrieve for at least five minutes or so. Most of my streamers for the old school style are between 1.5 and 3.5 inches, and I like weight in the fly. throw your streamer to the other bank – if you’re not 6 inches off the bank, you might as well be a mile. Now just a five-inch strip with the rod tip up. As I back-rowed, I watched his technique with eyes wide open, and I saw that he was doing something different. Not just any streamer tactics though — old school streamers. I wrote about some of the changes that streamer fishing is going through. I can put the fly wherever I want in the water column and move it however I like. A big fly would be 4 inches. You can tie it off the bend, but I prefer the Add-On Line method, and I usually run it on a 14 inch trailer. Many days the unweighted flies will out-produce anything with weight because of the increased action of the fly. Mal (Mainiac) taught me how to fish streamers many years ago. I don’t try the old school streamer method enough. In bigger water, I often use large lead shot that we call cannonballs — they’ll get you down. Thanks for the kind words. You are not asking the trout to chase anything down or exert much effort. I think there are a lot of subtle movements like Sawyer’s pivot that trigger trout into striking. This is no place for slim baitfish imitations. Many days the unweighted flies will out produce anything with weight because of the increased action of the fly. I usually run about 6 feet of 2X fluorocarbon tippet below a short, red Amnesia sighter. The great thing about this rig is how you can easily visualize exactly where your streamer is and what it’s doing. This will lift the line up in the water column and will allow you to continue the retrieve without interruption. This sounds a lot like the techniques they use in Alaska with flesh flies… I suppose this works on a similar concept. Know your tippet diameter. . But here’s the thing — his streamer pivots. Cheers. I learned the nymph behind the streamer from a western guide on the Ruby river…it can be deadly. I fish nymphs when I don’t see fish actively rising. Now (August-September) is a great time start experimenting with small streamers. All of these elements are intertwined. You do that 2 or 3 times in a day and you get reluctant to go deep. I like to add a small, white streamer on a tag about two feet above the point streamer (more on that below). So, it can cause a little drag on the point streamer. In those cases I use either faster presentations and lighter flies, or I resort to drop shotting (video here). For deeper and faster water, the sink tip helps you to fish unweighted flies at a greater depth. I carry the floating line to fish sections of river with an average depth around 2 feet or less. Tick. Ideally when fishing big streamers you will want to use a 6 or 7 fast action rod. Well, that’s kind of impossible, brother. Fly Casting, Fly Fishing Strategies, Tactics. While fishing streamers you can use heavy lead- ers and tippets that prevent the trout from break- ing off before the knot pulls loose. I like to experiment with different speeds. If not, I think you’ll find that your 4 weight will handle it quite well. An old timer taught me what works for him on a relatively low flow <100 CFS 3’ visibility small stream using the lift method. About the reel. I use a 2 to 3 foot section of 0X to 3X on the sink tip – without any leader — with floating flies to help keep them down in narrow rivers. This idea takes advantage of every opportunity for a trout to strike. Keep the nymph unweighted, otherwise it will snag on the bottom too often. Seeing fish come to the fly in low clear water is always fun. Nothing is more descouraging than losing your huge articulated streamer to a snag under water. As I wrote above, I like the white “sighter streamer” for a streamer rig, but I don’t think I’d like it as much for nymphing. I’m dumbfounded by how little some fly fishermen think about what they’re doing with streamers. The best days start by learning what most trout in the river are doing. I love those reels. Sawyer caught most of his fish on the pivot that day, and we saw it happen twice. ** Subscribe to Troutbitten and follow along **, Enjoy the day. So, gather data toward those questions, and then branch off from there. So far this winter my nymphing game has been a little off — the numbers aren’t there. I use a 4/0 GY Sugoi hook with my 5" Senkos(and a lot of … Sometimes, the modern streamer game is too much for a river. I’m grateful for the resource. Thanks so much for watching and dont forget to like and SUBSCRIBE! All of my favorite streamers have built in weight, and if that’s not enough, then I add split shot to the leader. . Get close, and open your eyes real wide to take it all in. by Domenick Swentosky | Jan 18, 2017 | 20 comments, Read the Troutbitten Article  | Buy the Vest. I typically lift the rod tip up and drop the tip back to the water once the line is lifted higher in the water column. Sparkle minnows are a go to and will generate a lot of action; they tend to work best on sunny days. It doesn’t ask the fish to chase very much. It’s fun. It’s a great way to keep in touch. I recommend switching frequently until you are consistently moving fish. Here are my thoughts on euro nymphing lines vs a Mono Rig. Many people go to the nymph rig, but I jump right to streamers. At the heart of every good leader design is an intentional balance between turnover and drag. There are few patterns more effective than streamers when attempting to catch large fish on a regular basis. And, if the point streamer is heavy enough (or you’re using enough shot) then it is not pushed or pulled around much at all by a small sighter streamer. As the heavy-headed streamer came downstream, he hopped it, then let it fall. Generally, the cast is upstream or up-and-across. Maybe it’s me and maybe it’s the fish, but either way, my best efforts to recreate what I’ve gotten used to in the winter haven’t produced. Learn what are some of the most common streamer … Additionally, you can make the same thing happen with a heavy split shot and a lightweight or unweighted streamer. The streamer game can be just as technical as the nymphing game if you want it to be. Try to get away from the idea of stripping. Large brown trout frequently eat the fly on a long pause. I have a good arsenal of rod weights to choose from, but I’m unsure about the reel. Love your reads…and you discuss all options without creating arguments…great readers here too. This will stop break-offs and let you land a majority of the trout you hook.” Boy, was he ri… Short leaders of 4 feet are practical when fishing unweighted streamers on sink-tip or full-sinking lines so the fly will not bow back toward the surface, which might render it ineffective. I wrap foam around the hook of the stonefly (under the body) to keep it buoyant enough and off the bottom. Required fields are marked *, Joe Humphreys’ book Trout Tactics Purchase here to support Troutbitten. It was consistent and predictable. Your email address will not be published. And while this is also one of the most common questions I’ve fielded through the years, it has a complex answer that I’ve never tackled in an article. I like Clouser style streamers…for all the reasons you give…especially when I fish slow on the bottom. Gone will be times of watching that indicator for the slightest movement. In addition, it teaches a streamer fisherman how to react when they see a fish chase, and how to turn those chases into bites. Sometimes he let it sit on the bottom for a second or two. When fishing the old school streamer style, I always use the mono rig. Then the memory of your biggest trout will be even sweeter. And the river. Usually I keep two 6 weights rigged in the boat: one with a Rio Grand floating line and one with a 150 or 200 grain Rio Intouch 24ft sink tip. On the other hand, the biggest fish I ever hooked (an 11 pound salmon) jumped to take a streamer before it ever hit the water. The mono rig also works well if I choose an across or a down-and-across presentation. It’s a lot of fun. I fished one way and guide bugged me to fish another…life is interesting. Your email address will not be published. If one approach isn’t working, I try the next one. Been reading all your stuff Domenick, and I dig your style. With these conditions I typically keep my flies small in low water situations. So on many days, after receiving the message that the trout would like something different, I’ve had better results going to streamers. Tackle that first . Family. I first picked up this idea from Joe Humphreys, and Burke wrote about it a couple years ago. Just a quick video about how we rig up our rods when we fish streamers for big trout! And even though I have the red sighter six feet up the line, the addition of the white streamer gives me an amazing amount of information about what my rig is doing on the bottom. As I drop the rod tip back to the water I increase the speed of my strip to pick up the slack line that was created by the lift of the rod tip. When fishing smaller rivers with more 1 to 3 foot of water, I keep the flies small, in the 1 to 2 inch range. On cloudy days, mornings and evenings when there isn’t much light penetration, Olive and black flies should be early in the rotation. Most people don’t look at streamers as their first option in low water situations but it can be one of the most exciting ways to fish low water. The streamer’s tail catches the current and swings around while the head remains in place, and in one second, the streamer is facing upstream. Be part of the Troutbitten community of ideas. For streamers with a floating line you're typically going to want a weighted fly. Have you ever used a white streamer on a tag as an underwater indicator for a nymph? Yes, drop shot works with streamers too. It’s another invaluable reference point that indicates water speed and direction. And sometimes, even with perfect flows on a big river system, trout prefer the easy meal over something they have to chase down. Get the streamer to the bottom, then bring it downstream. Fish that same click and pawl from your grandfather. And the easiest place to start is to know your distances. Be helpful. I add a small, white streamer on a tag dropper about 24-30 inches up from my main fly. Sometimes they won’t eat a bigger meal. The difficulty with the sink tip is that it sinks, of course, and can quickly find bottom when you pause the fly. Reading Water, Stories, Tactics, Walk Along. Instead of trying to “match the hatch” in the traditional fly fishing sense, bass anglers employ flies that dive, dart, jig, wiggle, and undulate naturally to seduce the fish into striking. And you should give it a try and report back! If you fish an unweighted streamer with a sinking line, the fly is 10 feet off the bank before it gets down to a good fishing depth. These techniques will be the ticket until rivers flows bump up due to fall rains. At the heart of the puzzle is an eternal question: What do the trout want? BUT … I often use a small, orange Backing Barrel on my tippet section for just the purpose you described. And many of those adjustments are based on our thought processes around weights and measures. . Sometimes I like to get real close to structure and put my streamers in there. However, we understand that having multiple fly rods is not realistically in everyone’s current budget. Streamer Fishing … Yes, you now have three flies. And these two qualities determine a leader’s turnover power and the amount of potential drag . The reason is simple and well known: big flies catch big fish. I will admit it is possible to use that light of material though, it’s just not highly advised. I tied up a buncha bunny bullets, and went to the Deschutes…..got some toad redsides to eat….keep up the good work! For clients, I find the sink tip is much easier for them to cast. My mono reel is an old click reel that was my grandpa’s, so I’m wondering if a drag system is needed or not. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Galloup’s Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout started the ball rolling with a trout-as-predator concept and a big-flies-fished-fast approach that’s captured the enthusiasms of fly fishermen. Focus . We floated a big river the other day, and Sawyer fished the old school streamer style the whole time. When fishing still water, just remember to cast out as far as you can and let the fly sink as deep as it can go. Very fun post. Glad that some of this is useful. Of course I’m not saying that it convinces a trout to eat every time, but it’s another thing for your bag of tricks. My favorite nymphs for the Big Rig are a small stonefly (#10-14) or a tiny Zebra Midge (#20-22). I imagine that in clear water, it would be quite visible. I can easily change out this rig above the sighter and get back to my nymphing rig in about a minute — tying just one knot — by storing the pre-tied streamer and nymphing rigs on Loon Outdoors Rigging Foam. I got this advice from my good friend John Barr. Kelly Galloup, who I both like and deeply respect, has pushed this idea to the forefront of … . Sawyer’s streamer is built on a ball head jig, so it pivots very easily. Fly Fishing Streamers. I like to keep the sighter streamer small and streamlined so it causes less drag on the line. This is true for any species – panfish, trout, bass, steelhead, salmon, the pike family – even catfish! With the extra weight, the mono rig, and the sighter, you have full control over the system. A few weeks ago I wrote about some of the changes that streamer fishing is going through. Although, even on a productive float, I like to mix it up and see which tactic might deliver the best trout to the boat net. AL Fly-Fishing is licensed by the State of Michigan, fully insured and proudly operates under a Special Use Permit in Cooperation with Huron Manistee National Forest. Most of this fishing will be by feel, so one of the best ways is to cast across the … All you have to do is keep stripping in your fly in with the rod low, pointed towards the fly until you feel the weight of the fish … The two most popular connections for fishing tandem streamers are the bend and two-eye connections. He uses a 9’ 5X tippet to an unweighted bugger or matuka with 3-4 medium shot 18” up line for maximum play. Sometimes I cast to the banks and do the Galloup jerk-strip thing — but just a little slower. It's natural motion is at its best when it falls through the water with just the weight of its hook. Thank you all, for a wonderful and busy 2019 season! Fish on! I also like to run the streamer across lanes, through pockets and around rocks or logs. Making adjustments is the key to consistent fly fishing. I really like the little white indicator streamer idea and will be trying this soon. you are imitating a food source (typically a smaller fish) being spooked out from it’s hide, and frantically fighting the current across stream. Thanks. And I love trying to find them. So let’s fix that. Your guide will be rowing and calling the shots, so when you cast to that juicy looking cut bank, your fly hits the water and immediately sinks to the fish… Many times the fish are on a minnow bite in the summer, which leads me to start with a bright and small fly that time of year. Even a two inch streamer may turn trout off, but streamers drifted through a trout’s area always gets their attention, so we might as well add a nymph to the rig and give them another option. Required fields are marked *. There's also a rush that comes with streamer fishing that doesn't come with other brands of fly fishing. In essence, old school streamers come to the trout, and modern streamers flee from the trout. Fishing two streamers is a deadly way to entice the largest fish to strike. Once anglers achieve success with streamers, they often focus intently on fishing big flies. ... but the pattern still imitates a variety of species so you shouldn’t have any trouble landing fish with an unweighted bugger. That’s what matters. The modern streamer approach asks trout to get up and chase something down, to kill it and eat it, while the old school streamer game presents an easily available chunk of protein to the trout. If you want to tie a couple more knots and catch a few more fish, then try what I call the Big Rig. However, there’s a pretty wide range of currents that will work. The 10th episode of RIO's "How To" series, is presented by RIO ambassador Russ Miller. A Wooly Bugger is considered to be a streamer in the fly fishing world. One extreme to the other, I guess. A Streamer is a fly (lure) used in fly fishing that simulates a bait. There is a very popular idea that fishing unweighted streamers on sinking lines is the only way to catch big trout. Been using the mono rig for a while now and it’s been great for my nymphing game. Most of my old school streamers are simple ties, for two reasons I guess: One, because you lose them more often. It matters. It’s hard to get close to the hole from the side or downstream without spooking the fish. Friends. Two, because I think trout get a longer look at what they’re going to eat this way, and too much movement and too big of a fly turns them off. Some of these guys are dialed in to a degree that is unmatched in much of the fly fishing world. A good … Since the rod doesn’t have to cast weight of a fly line, the weight of easy a big streamer doesn’t add up to enough to tax the rod. Many days the unweighted flies will out produce anything with weight because of the increased … In addition to variations in color, I also carry flies in various weights from heavy to unweighted and in between. The fly touched the bottom, made the pivot and S-L-A-M … the trout ate it. Just work the streamer through the water. That’s a nice comment. . Typically, when a fish eats a streamer you’re going to feel it. Pause slightly for the fly to drop. It’s how we solve the daily puzzles. For deeper and faster water the sink tip helps you to fish unweighted flies at a greater depth. At short distances you can feel contact with the riverbed, but at long distances the sighter is critical. On the retrieve, then work the streamer … Our go-to set up is usually a 6-weight rod with a 4-foot fluorocarbon leader with an unweighted diver or streamer pattern or a 7-weight rod with a 4-foot fluorocarbon leader with a … . What this causes though is situation that is very easy to snap your leader and tippet. A versileader helps get streamers down in deep or fast water. Right on. And they have a literal boatload of tricks at the ready. I was using 3X for streamers, but John said, “If the fish is willing to commit to taking a streamer on 3X fluorocarbon, it will not shy away from a streamer on 0X fluorocarbon. I’ve received countless questions about my thoughts regarding euro lines and mono rigs. Then allow the shot to drop to the bottom; the streamer will swing around on its 6 inch leash and face into the current. “Never let the fly die,” they say. Streamer flies have gotten bigger and bigger and more articulated, and I still fish big flies, but on a basic level, I don’t enjoy throwing giant flies (over six inches) or basically flies that are heavy to cast.Anymore, I usually stick to streamers … When I talk to guys about fishing streamers this way they often shrug and tell me, “Yeah I dead drift streamers sometimes too.” But there’s a lot more to it than just nymphing your streamer, and through the years I’ve learned a set of subtle movements that seem to trigger trout into action. If you fish hard and pay attention to the details, you’ll often catch, miss or turn enough trout to learn something. Understand the length, thickness and weight of your leader’s butt section. A short 6 to 7 foot leader to 1X or 2X will suffice. fish aren’t spooked out of hiding 3 feet off the bank, they get spooked 6 inches … It’s visual. Low water is typically clear and the high sun of summer penetrates the water column much more than in the spring or the fall. One of the biggest advantages of the floating line is that it allows the angler to pause the fly during the retrieve in shallow or slow water without snagging on the bottom. He’s an accomplished fisherman, and yet he’s modest and happy to share his ideas. Streamers are typically made with a hook wrapped in natural (feathers and fur) or synthetics materials like polyester and Mylar. Material diameter and material stiffness. To the existing setup, add a nymph below the point streamer. We’ve all been there, the sun is high, the dry fly bite is tapering and you start thinking about what to try next. The streamer game is on a new path. The same thing goes for trout fishing out of the boat – longer leaders and heavy flies apply. It provides more control over upstream presentations; I’m in better contact. Just get them in or around the structure and hold them in an area with light jigs and strips. This is my home, and I love it. Angler Types in Profile Big Trout Commentary Dry Fly Fishing Fly Fishing StrategiesGear Reviews Night FishingNymphing Stories Streamers Tactics Troutbitten Fly Box, Gear Review Policy Terms and conditonsPrivacy PolicyAffiliate Link DisclosureAmazon Affiliate Disclaimer, Gear Review Policy Terms and conditons Privacy Policy Affiliate Link Disclosure Amazon Affiliate Disclaimer. I use the Rio Grand for small streamers which turns them over well on short casts and is a very good roll casting line. 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