First and foremost, our country has millions of fishing lovers who overflow the rivers and streams all the year round. Why not? It is scientifically proven that fishing is the best activity to rejuvanate our body, relax and have some great time.
Today, we will talk about a wonderful technique, streamer fishing. It goes without saying that the trout fan should know everything about this method. Trout are really clever predatory fish and they change their habits constantly.
You are fly fishing for trout, but nothing happens. Now, you must act quickly. Will you just go home? Or try something else?
Consequently, the good angler should learn to adapt to these circumstances and select the right fishing tactics and strategy. Streamer fishing gained in popularity the last ten years and we managed to collect some useful secrets and tricks.
Fishing with streamers is definitely not an easy thing, but we would like to educate you some basic steps. Practice and patience are the keys to success. But, before we start with the tactics and tips we would like to explain what streamer fishing is.
What is Streamer Fishing?
Firstly, it would be important to make something clear, because many people think that this technique is a completely new method. Actually, streamer fishing is a subcategory of fly-fishing but the approach to the fish is slightly different.
Here, the prey swims through the water and the movement and action must be realistic if you want to land a fish. You will use bigger lures than classic flies like leeches, baitfish, frogs or crayfish. Using only flies is not a necessity.
The old adage says: «Match the hatch». So, you should select the lure-bait according to the natural environment. We are using bigger lures-baits because trout (brown or rainbow) are very aggressive and visual feeders.
The perfect fishing time is definitely fall. This season offers ample opportunities to get a trophy fish. Specifically, when the weather becomes colder and cooler (Winter is coming!) Fish «understand» that food becomes rarer than «diamonds» and desperately try to find some food.
Thus, some fishing specialists developed the streamer fishing technique which imitates perfectly real bait. We would like to underline the fact that this method is not boring and it will bring to you many moments full of action and suspense.
As we mentioned above, you should know some details before you start. We promise that we will give you abundant information that you should have in your fishing arsenal.
Streamer Fishing Tactic #1: Best Streamer Fishing Spots
Finding the best fishing spot is definitely a major concern especially if you are fishing from the shoreline. So, you are standing there and thinking where to cast. All manufacturers admit that this is the most important thing that you should take into consideration.
Any wrong movement could make you lose the bait.
If you throw it once and scare the fish, they will never come back. Please pay close attention at this tip and try to follow it step by step.
Accurate casts and tight loops are really important, but you can try various techniques.
You will have to cast across the stream and the bait should be pointing the other side of the shore. Afterwards, the second cast should follow the current. The casts shouldbe downstream and slightly curve. We are doing this for two reasons.
Firstly, natural bait always follows the current and secondly trout will definitely realize any abnormal activity.
Streamer Fishing Tactic #2: Line Retrieve
Many fishermen claim that line retrieve does not play an essential role. We would like to disagree with this perception because the retrieve is the movement that gives action to the bait. The main difference between fly-fishing and streamer fishing is the bait.
We will use streamers and we must achieve a realistic action. The most important thing that you should take into consideration is that you should approach fish from an other perspective. Natural speed and floatation will definitely increase the success levels.
While streamer fishing you will have to move a lot and prepare yourself for strong strikes! We would like to give you some advice. Just to start out with, there are two retrieve methods, steady downstream and abnormal.
However, do leeches and crayfish move in the same way that flies move? (examples) Of course not. The line retrieve depends on the bait.
As far as the abnormal retrieve is concerned, you can just cast and pull the streamer slightly back to you. We would not recommend the dead drifting technique as it looks not natural. Especially if you are a newbie.
The downstream technique is the most common as fish follow the current. If the water is deep, you can use a sinking fly line.
Streamer Fishing Tactic #3: Combine Streamer Fishing and Fly Fishing
Do you think that you cannot use the streamer as a classic fly? If the streamer is not too heavy you can cast it like a fly. Especially if you pull it quickly, the action will definitely attract the fish.
Tip: It would be a good idea to use a weight forward line . The taper will help you with your casts especially if you are a beginner. Gone are the days when fishermen used double taper lines.
Streamer Fishing Tactic #4: Jig the Lure
Jigging, the ancient Japanese technique will definitely not disappoint you. Most people would not use it for streamer fishing. However, we tested the technique and the result? A huge rainbow trout.
If you have a heavy streamer, you should give it a try. Moving the lure constantly will increase the efficiency. Murky and deep waters are ideal for this method.
Handy Streamer Fishing Tips and Tricks
In addition, we think that you should combine the basic tactics with some handy tips. We gathered some tips and we would like to emphasize the fact that they are unique and successful.
Streamer Fishing Tip #1: Leader Line
The truth is that the target fish are really big and most of them are very strong. Since you will get many sudden strikes, it is extremely difficult to react quickly. When you have the fish on the hook it will try to escape.
These factors are enough to make you understand that the possibilities of losing a fish are extremely high. There are three things you can do in order to prevent this.
- You could not use a leader line
- It would be better to use a short leader line or
- Use a thick strong leader line
Unfortunately, if you do not use a leader line, the fish will see the line and thick line twists easily. The leader line depends on the water.
For murky waters, it would be a good idea to use a thick leader line and for clear waters short line.
Streamer Fishing Tip #2: Durable Equipment- Choose the Right Rod and Line
The fly rod should be really durable and provide a good line control because the target fish are big. Thus, big fish apply pressure on the rod. The final Verdict? Flexibility is also a factor that you should take into consideration before buying a rod.
Flexibility will not only protect the rod from breaking, but also give your streamer a nice and smooth action.
Secondly, the fly line should also be suitable for this purpose.We recommend a weight forward line. A double taper line will exhaust you since you have to cast many times.
Moreover, you should lay emphasis on the line type. Since you have to get the streamer deep, it would be better to use a sinking type fly line.
Streamer Fishing Tip #3: Use your Spinning Tackle If You Do Not Want to Invest in Fly Fishing Tackle
Sounds weird? No, we are not mad! Spinning and streamer fishing have something in common, the retrieve. The retrieve is the decisive factor that will play an important role.
If the retrieve looks good, the fish will bite.
Consequently you can use the spinning rod and reel.The length of the rod should be 2.5 or 3 meters and the action weight 5-10g. As far as the reel is concerned, you can use a 1000 reel.
We tested this method and we can ensure you that you will have a great lure action. There is no need to spend a fortune especially if you are not fishing constantly.
Finally, the world of fishing is wonderful. There are many techniques for various fish species. The only secret? Adjust your fishing philosophy. Streamer fishing is a subcategory (part) of fly fishing but there are some important differences.
Furthermore, if you learn to recognize the differences you should combine some tactics and tips. Knowledge and patience are two «weapons» you should have in your arsenal. Streamer fishing is not difficult and you can also try some new tricks.
Who knows? Maybe the next big record trophy fish will be yours.
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