Master superb Streamer Fishing & get ready for an explosive strike!
Streamers are larger flies that you can fish on an active retrieve. These traditional flies imitate baitfish, crayfish, leeches, and large aquatic insects such as hellgrammites. Streamers are the fly-fishing equivalent of conventional lures - and because the fly can move, strikes can go with a bang.
Your "top 3" things to think about with wets & streamers!
1. Simply the best way to learn how to fish streamer flies.
Streamers are an awesome way to fish long stretches of water and are the very best flies to employ when you are unsure what the fish are biting, or if you are fishing water you don't know very well. Streamers are ideal for the fidgety angler or those in a hurry, because you can move the fly a lot and make sure you don't hang around in the same place very long. And another thing… streamer flies are superb when you're in the mood for catching large fish.
2. For best results, get to know your streamer fly pattern.
A streamer fly pattern is a fly fishing lure created to be vigorously fished just under the water's surface, within the water column itself. In contrast to dry flies, nymphs, and wet flies - all of which are designed to imitate a range of aquatic insects - streamers are usually tied and used to imitate a range of small, medium, and large sized bait fish. There are numerous species of bait fish, but popular examples include are mullet, anchovy, and bunker in saltwater, or juvenile trout or sculpin in freshwater.
3. Why 'stripping' is your best friend in fly fishing.
Streamers can be fished in both freshwater and saltwater, simply by casting the fly, letting it sink, then using the stripping hand to retrieve between three and seven inches of fly line with well timed pauses between sequenced strips. This method, simply called "stripping", assists the fisher imitate the behaviour of a genuine bait fish in its usual subsurface habitat. Your timing between each strip, the depth you keep within the water column, and length of stripped fly line are very important elements in the streamer fishing stripping method. Different combinations of these elements can be employed to obtain varying and fishing results subject to water conditions, the species you're targeting and the kind of bait fish you're imitating.