Fly Fishing Tips: When to Fish Streamers

Fly Fishing Tips: When to Fish Streamers

Fly Fishing Tips: When to Fish Streamers

Streamers can produce aggressive strikes and are an exciting way to put large fish in the net. Under the right circumstances fishing streamers can be very productive.

However, there are other times that fishing streamers can do more harm than good. What do I mean? Well, it is possible for streamer fishing to be counter-productive.

Meaning, if streamers are not working, they can really disturb water and fish. The disadvantage is if you disturb water by fishing a streamer without success, you might turn fish off that you could have caught on nymphs or dry flies.

So, when should you fish streamers? There are three major times that I really like to fish streamers:

  1. Higher Flows – When the water is up, it can put big fish on the move. High water periods can be very productive while fishing streamers. Streamers are also less likely to disturb uninterested fish during higher flows. Meaning, even if they don’t eat the streamer, they might eat nymphs after.
  2. Off-Color Water – Regardless of what flows are like, anytime the water loses visibility, it can be very productive to fish streamers. Bigger flies are easier for the fish to find, and the largest fish usually lower their guard to feed in off-color water. Similar to fishing higher flows, streamers do not usually disturb other fish when the water is off-color.
  3. When They Work – It sounds silly, but the best time to fish streamers is when they work. Meaning, regardless of conditions, if you like fishing streamers you can try them in a spot. If they work, use them. If they don’t work, it’s probably best to try other methods when moving to another spot.

When faced with higher flows or off-color water, it could be a great opportunity to draw an aggressive strike from a very large fish on a streamer.

If all this talk about aggressive strikes from big fish has you itching for a day on the water. Talk to Joel to get your fix. It’s that time of the year!


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  1. 🎣 hi Mike Steve Duncil finally had time to look over the new site intimidating I like it very informative lots of information even got pictures for me to look at really appreciate that looking forward to the next tournament with Healing Waters Stuff have you heard anything about it rather going to have one this year I’ve been busy and unable to stay in contact with you guys but our wheeling outfit is growing since I’m from wheeling I have to stay pretty much in this area but I will always make room in time to finish these tournaments what a pleasure it is to be a guest at home water so I can’t say enough good things about it I’ve never had a bad word from anybody all the women are just as sweet and nice and helpful as can be and all the guys are very informative polite and helpful and willing to bend over backwards to make sure you catch a fish And I always do I have yet to be shut out thanks again for the new site keep your line wet and your pole barn hope to see you at the next tournament with project healing waters fly fishing Semper Fi and God bless

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