Fishing Streamers

by Fly Fisherman

Fishing streamers is in many aspects the same as fishing wet flies. Streamers are simulated minnows. Minnows move with the current and dart about exactly as you sometimes manipulate your retrieve in the wet fly procedures. In using the term “streamer” we include all the various types of this lure as the feather streamer, the feather and hair streamer, the hair streamer or “Bucktail,” the squirrel tail series and the maribou streamer with its variations.

Inasmuch as the streamer represents the smaller edible fish and inasmuch as they are in the stream at all seasons it would seem that there would be no “best” time of the year or time of the day for fishing this fly. Those anglers, confining the major part of their fishing to streamers, claim that early season is a bit the better. Extremely low water is considered an effective time also. A fast increase in the water level, an increase or decrease in water temperature has been known to start the larger trout actively feeding on the minnow and most times no excuse at all is necessary to encourage the fish to dart out and take a mouthful of a small fish.

Most streamer fishermen fish the customary cast of quartering across and permitting the line to swing with the current until directly below them. Some start the retrieve from this point but others feed out line to allow the fly to go further down before beginning to bring it back. The retrieve of the streamer is performed in various fashions and the angler should try different ones until he hits on that one most effective at the time he is fishing. An important thing to remember is that experienced and successful streamer fishermen rarely, if ever, let the lure stand still. It should be moving at all times, either with the current or on its way back. This applies equally to stream or lake fishing. If trolling, keep the fly moving, but slowly, if you wish better results.

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