Following up on last week’s post covering different streamer fishing techniques, here are some specific tips to help you get the most out of your time fishing streamers this fall.
- Keep your rod tip low when retrieving. This will help keep your fly deep. No fish wants to see its pretty swimming up towards the surface. When baitfish are fleeing, they stay deep. I will often keep me rod tip in the water as I strip the fly back.
- Put a split shot in front of your fly. Following up with the previous point, to maximize your success when streamer fishing, you need to keep your flies deep. Many of my best streamer eats come in fast water right after the flies land. Here a sink tip won’t do you any good as you need to get your flies down quick. To achieve this, I will put a large 3/0 split shot directly ahead of my streamer. This will get your fly in the zone quickly after it lands.
- Know when to fish a sink tip vs heavy fly. They both have a time and a place. Check out our previous write up on this here.
- When banging the banks from the boat, pick your spots in advanced. You want to land your flies just before the likely holding water so that you don’t spook the fish and that your flies have time to sink.
- Rope up! If a fish is going to eat a streamer, he is going to eat it. No point in using light line. Depending on the river I am fishing, I don’t go smaller than 12lbs and will often use 15 or even 20 lbs!
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