New to streamer fishing? These simple tactics should help!
Streamer fly fishing can be a great way to find big, aggressive trout in the Fall. For most new anglers, streamer fishing can be a little intimidating, but really it shouldn't be. They can be relatively simple to fish.
Here are two very basic ways to fish streamers and a couple pointers for each technique.
1 - Swinging Streamers
- Cast across or slightly down and across the current
- Allow fly to sink by mending
- If you have fast current between you and fly... mend upstream
- If you have fast current where your fly lands and slow current near rod... mend downstream
- Lead fly through swing towards bank
- Cover new water after each cast
- Colder the temps... slower the swing
2 - Stripping Streamers
- Cast into run or pool... allow fly to sink
- Retrieve fly back using various stripping techniques
- Small strips with pauses work
- Long slow strips work
- A combination of a strip with a light "pop" of the rod tip works
- Colder the temps... slower the retrieve
To help get a better understanding of basic streamer fly fishing techniques in the Fall, check out this short video I made: