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Top 3 Reasons We Love Streamer Fishing

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 by Dave Blackburn

We are coming into that time of year where the streamer fishing really gets hot! There are so many reasons to love streamer fishing, but we thought we would share our top 3.

1. Catching Bigger, Aggressive Trout

Big fish eat big food, and streamers tend to imitate a calorie laden food sources such as baitfish, leeches, or sculpins. During the fall months, our water levels our low, making for fantastic streamer fishing. Hatches are less in quality and quantity with the colder temperatures, and many of our big trout start looking beneath the surface. In general, we catch our largest and most aggressive trout in the fall on streamers.

2. Active Fishing & Flexibility in Presentation

Unlike dry fly fishing or nymphing, where achieving a perfect drift is the goal, streamer fishing is about movement and action.  The fun thing about throwing streamers is that you can utilize a variety of techniques. For example, vary the strips in which you retrieve the fly or change your casting angle. You can also dead drift or swing, the fly. Don’t be shy about experimenting until you figure out what it is that attracts the fish.

3. The Tug is the Drug

No matter the method used for catching fish, the take can really be the most exciting part. Streamer fishing is no exception. Remember those bigger, more aggressive fish we were mentioning earlier? Well, they are the reason why the tug is the drug. Typically, bigger Kootenai River trout will be aggressive on the right streamer, and sometimes they’ll move fast and hard to eat that fly. And what does that mean for you? Suddenly, out of the blue, a bolt of lightening from the depths electrifies your rod and the fight is on. There are many ways to describe it, but the best way is to experience it for yourself. Once you’ve felt that tug, there is no going back.



About dave

Dave Blackburn started tying flies and fly fishing at the age of 10 and has been fishing and guiding the Kootenai River in Montana for more than 25 years. He graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Forest Resource Management with an emphasis on water quality and aquatic ecology. He traveled westward and ended up in Montana on the banks of the Kootenai in 1981 where he now resides with his wife, Tammy. He is on the board of directors of the Kootenai Valley Trout Club. He has been a past director of the the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana and the Montana Council of Trout Unlimited. Dave chaired the Upper Kootenai River Preservation Society, which was instrumental in defeating the Jennings Rapids Dam project. Dave is a FFF-certified casting instructor and a contract tyer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He teaches fly tying and fly fishing at Flathead Community College. His photos and articles have appeared in Flyfisherman, Fly Rod and Reel, and The Flyfisher magazines.