When is the "right" time to throw streamers
|Pink Cheech Leech - Seriously?|
|Kemp Bug Variation|
When I first started fly fishing I was a nymph and bobber kind of guy - I was fairly limited in my approach when chasing trout. I would go to the same place, fish the same flies, and be content if I caught a few fish here and there. I knew that there was a lot of variety in flies, techniques, and places that I was missing out on, but I really didn't know where to start. Specifically, streamers baffled me for the longest time because I would hear that they should only be fished on particular water types, during particular weather, using particular lines, and using particular presentation methods... Wow. That was a lot to digest for a new fly fisher, and my immediate response was to just avoid streamers completely. I was still catching plenty of fish, but I was probably missing out on some good opportunities due to my intimidation on streamer fishing. My first experience with streamers was on my favorite taco sized Brookie stream near my home town. The fly was a Kemp Bug, and the fishing was insane. They ate it dead drifted, stripped, fished upstream, and fished downstream. There was no wrong way to fish this bug. I have since repeated that type of day while fishing much bigger flies, and realized that there were bigger fish in that river than I realized - another benefit of streamer fishing.
That day was enough to light a fire in me to start fishing streamers more. Specifically, I started throwing streamers at nonconventional times and had a lot of success with them. I had a recent trip to Idaho that will
|Snake River Cutthroat meets Cheech Leech|
|24" Brown Trout on the Snot Goblin|