It was just before the first rays of the morning sun had struck the river when I slowly approached an … Continue reading Euro Nymphing: Streamers
The Lil’ Kim
The Lil’ Kim has an excellent set of fish catching aspects. It is a mid-weight streamer that features a great blend of natural and synthetic materials. This fly is one of confidence pattern when chucking meat. The Marabou creates super lifelike movement while the palmer chenille underneath helps to keep the profile strong when wet. Ad the flash for some attraction and bam, tight line! The Lil’ Kim was also our top producing fly in our streamer fishing for trout video. Give it a look!
The Choker Fly
The choker is tied normally on a 3XL or 4XL straight or down eye streamer hook. I went with the jig and heavy tungsten bead to keep the fly down in fast currents. This protein-packed morsel represents a chuck of salmon flesh clumped with some eggs floating downriver in the current. This is an easy meal for big trout. Look for spots on the river where the salmon pile up and fish downriver. 0x or 1x tippet is highly recommended. Dead drift this fly under an indicator. When fishing this jig style make sure it is the last fly in your rig.
The Intruder Style Mr. BoJangles
This fly is sure to make some fish angry. Designed for Salmon and Steelhead the pink and purple is a sure win. Swing this fly over some Coho and hold on. Easy fly tie a bunch of and a go to grab from the box. Switch your colors to entice other species.
The Tarpon Bunny
A favorite tarpon fly. Red, purple, and black seem to be the best colors. Make sure you use a strong hook just like this Gamakatsu. Traditionally tied with rabbit for the tail, adding the dragon tail makes it even fishier. Try fishing it in freshwater with some dumbbell eyes for pike or bass. This fly has movement!
Pav’s Shimmer Swimmer
Think of this fly as an improved Sparkle Minnow. Bright day, bright streamer, as the saying goes. This silvery and white baby fish imitation is sure to entice a lunker. Pounding the banks from a boat is my favorite way to fish it, however fishing it on stillwater is very effective as well. When stocked rainbows get dropped in the lake they become part of the menu for those bigger predatory fish. Swim this fly like a wounded bait fish and don’t miss the aggressive take. Designed by Max Pavel
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The most patriotic fly out there.. The Bald Eagle fly pattern is a streamer pattern fished anywhere big trout might be lurking. This searching pattern can resemble a number of things in the river from sclupins to leaches. I like to switch up the color scheme to make it even more versatile. One of my favorite combinations would be purple and peach/pink for salmon species. Swing this fly and let the stinger hook do the work.
This fly is a searching pattern for big fish. It can be used for a wide variety of species like Trout, Northern Pike, Bass, you name it. It has long body and articulation allows for great movement in the water imitating a well fed leech or eel. It can even silhouette a baitfish in the right light because this fly will move water. Strip it, rip it, dead drift it, or swing it and your sure to draw a big fish out his den to eat. Black and red always seems to make a great match even when you’re not necessarily matching the hatch. Designed by Max Pavel
The Dirty Damsel is a win on still waters. A very effective fly in the late summer months when those bright baby blue damsel flies are buzzing around everywhere. Damsel flies and dragon flies go through three stages in their lifestyle, with the major part of their lifetime spent in the water in the nymph stage. Some species spend up to 5 years as a nymph feeding on small vertebrates and invertebrates. The fish really key in on these bugs because they are an easy big-ticket meal packed with protein. Find weed beds or vegetation and slowly strip your fly through these areas. I like fishing it on a sink tip because I can let it sink and depending on my retrieve I can make it look like it’s coming up to the surface to emerge into an adult or keep it on the bottom foraging for food making it an easy meal depending on where the fish are feeding.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! We have our very first Tying Tuesday that falls on Christmas. We thought that this one looked like a Christmas Tree. 🙂 We hope you have a wonderful day today and enjoy this tie!
The traditional thin mint is tied with a little less work and a lot less flash. Depending on how or where you fish it, the thin mint can imitate a variety of things in the water. From small bait fish to leeches fish it how you want it. The standard thin mint is tied with olive, brown, and black as the tail, a peacock herl body, brown hackle, wire, and a gold bead. Spicing it up a little can change the way it fishes so make sure you know what’s at the end of your line.