More streamer tips for trout?

#1
I'm going to fish Rock Creek tomorrow and I want to try throwing streamers. I really haven't done it much and I've never dedicated myself to it for more than an hour before giving up.
I want to catch bigger fish. I'm in that phase.
Tools I have: TCX 5wt, 1x, 2x, 3x 7.5 leaders, no tippet, good selection of streamers. It's supposed to be bright and sunny and the water is low so probably not the best conditions.
Any tips?
Thanks,
Chris
Missoula
 

Kyle Smith

DBA BozoKlown406
#2
The best way to become a successful streamer fisherman is to not get discouraged. Change flies and retrieve speed until something starts to work. Conventional wisdom is that big fish near good cover like undercuts and logjams will hit streamers. While this is true, you can get a lot of the nymph-eaters in the middle seams to hit a streamer. I've been killing it all summer on RC with white or yellow conehead zonkers. Finally, middle of the day when it's sunny is the worst time to try. Evening is when the big ones become more active at this time of year.
 

Thomas Williams

Habitual Line Stepper
#3
Big fish need big meals. You need to be throwing large patterns and stripping in a erratic and fleeing motion. Also don't be afraid to fish the fast water, especially in the summer when the water is low and clear. I personally like sculpin patterns. Here's an example of what I like to throw.

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#9
Skylar...
Do you have one streamer rod, reel and lines or are you swapping spools? I get kind of spoiled in June over here putting on the Wff line a 4 or 5x and never changing lines. I do have enough stuff to set up a streamer only rod though. I'll check out the Rio intermediate.
Chris
Missoula
 
#10
I stay with the same rod just swap spools or reels. and i normally use between a 5x and 3x tippet. I have found that it is esier to take one rod and a different reel or spool than it is to carry around a second rod. I like to walk alot when i fish.
 

Smalma

Active Member
#11
If fishing from shore I almost always just swap lines/reels as I change approaches to streamer fishing.

With a 5 weight I really like fishing unweighted flies with 150 grain sink tip. Allows me to fish large flies easily without pitching and ducking; this is especially so with low flows. This time of year those large browns should be thinking about spawning and starting to move. Sculpin patterns should be golden; with cooler water temperatures I would think about darkish flies (black and chocolate brown). I would use a 3X tippet on a short heavy butt taper leader.

Should be a good time and looking forward to your report.

curt
 
#12
If fishing from shore I almost always just swap lines/reels as I change approaches to streamer fishing.

With a 5 weight I really like fishing unweighted flies with 150 grain sink tip. Allows me to fish large flies easily without pitching and ducking; this is especially so with low flows. This time of year those large browns should be thinking about spawning and starting to move. Sculpin patterns should be golden; with cooler water temperatures I would think about darkish flies (black and chocolate brown). I would use a 3X tippet on a short heavy butt taper leader.

Should be a good time and looking forward to your report.

curt
I'm hoping I have a few trips to practice until the browns start moving but that's exactly my thought.
Maybe 4 feet of butt leader?
 

Smalma

Active Member
#13
I like to have my over all streamer leader length shorter than the rod length. With a 8 1/2 foot rod my leaders would be in the 7 foot range with a 24 to 30 inch tippet( 6 or 8
# MG depending on the situation) so main leader of 5 feet or so. I tie my own and usually start with a heavy butt (30# MG) of 24 to 30 inches or so and step down 3 steps of 8 to 10 inch pieces to the tippet. The heavy butt aids in turning the larger flies over without leader collapse and allows for effective casting in winds or consistent roll casts of 50 or more feet if needed.

A 7 foot leader isn't often needed but I think a little longer leader helps in low water by keeping the fly well separated from the fly line (shadow and splash down). Covers some of my casting mistakes or when I select a subtle approach it can be helpful. A favorite trick on located fish that will not commit to my standard presentation is to case my unweighted fly well upstream and allow it to dead drift down toward the fish and then activate the fly with small twitches.

Curt
 
#14
builder, I like using my clear rio intermideate line to fish streamers, or a sink time depending on the depth of the water you are fishing.
+1

I like to have a Rio Aqualux on one spool and a floater on another. I'll choose the line to start with based on my approach. Maybe start with the floater and fish upstream until it's time to turn around and fish the intermediate with streamers on the way out. Cover different water or just show the fish something different on the second pass.