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Streamers

My Top 5 Streamers for Trout

This is my list and only my list.  Not everyone will agree with everything that is on here, that’s cool – we all have our own favorite patterns.  The important thing is that you are fishing a pattern that you have an extreme amount of confidence in.  Having the confidence in every cast is important to anyone’s success.  Here are the bugs that give me the most confidence:

  1. Galloup’s Heifer Groomer (Yellow).  Big fish and streamer aficionado Kelly Galloup created this relatively simplistic pattern that imitates an enormous variety of food opportunities for fish.  It’s easy to see, it’s easy to cast, and it moves and darts around and can simulate either a fleeing or injured baitfish or sculpin.   Find them here.Heifer Groomer smallest
  2. Danny Ward’s Double Deceiver (Cotton Candy). Truth be told, I was a bit dissapointed at how this bug swam when I first started to fish them.  It didn’t give that long side to side swimming action that most other Double Deceivers I’d fished before.  But then, magic started to happen!  This pattern was responsible for more 20″+ fish, in the group of guys that I fish with, throughout 2014 than all others combined!  The thing that I realized is this – this bug swims exactly…EXACTLY…how a bait fish would swim.  Quick twitch, short bursts – its perfect.  Just adds to the age old question of, “do your flies catch fisherman, or do they catch fish?”  Connect with Dan on his Facebook page. there is not a nicer, easier  guy to do business with. double d
  3. Strolis’ Headbanger Sculpin.  Pure and simple – it looks realistic, it moves realistic, and it fishes deep just like a real sculpin would.  In higher water this is a bug of choice.  In deeper pools and runs, this is a bug of choice. 
  4. Galloup’s Boogie Man (White).  A big wool head that pushes a lot of water, and a large mallard flank on the rear hook creates a realistic swimming action to this pattern.  Once again, this fly is general enough that it simulates a multitude of different food sources for trout.  I carry 4 different color combos in my box.Galloup\'s Boogie Man
  5. Cohen’s Slop Mop.  Pat Cohen really pisses me off – he does things that are absolutely un-natural and seemingly impossible with deer hair, and makes it look so easy that it instills in me a false sense of confidence and hope.  I will then sit down and try to re-create exactly what he does step by step and it comes out looking similar to a 3 year old’s coloring book – messy and all over the place.  Pat has an unbelievable amount of creative talent and he spins up wild streamer patterns that look like works of art and fish even better.  See the link here for more color combos.  
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Rowing the Boat

I think there are two types of people in this world, those who enjoy rowing and those who put up with the task until they can get off the sticks. I’ll admit it, I like to row. It may sound strange to those unaccustomed to fly fishing but casting from a boat floating down a river requires constant focus and attention. Reading upcoming water, thinking about presentation, considering changing out the bug, trying to keep line from catching on that damn boat bag zipper again, critiquing the last cast, and about 100 other thoughts are incessantly zipping around in my head. In the rowers seat I’m able to appreciate the river, unwind, and maybe have an occasional cigar. My reaction to seeing a bald eagle is totally different in the seat compared to when I’m fishing which is just a quick glance and the obligatory “we’re in luck now fellas”.

I enjoy the challenge of putting friends at that perfect distance where the boat isn’t likely to spook fish yet not making them struggle with long casts they can’t consistently deliver. Alternately, I hate the feeling when I blow it and have the boat on the wrong line or completely forget about the glass eating boulder at the head of a run. The process of successfully hooking and landing a solid fish is heavily dependent on the rower. The mayhem of the fight is way more intense when the rower is not doing his part in the job. I have the opportunity to fish with some guys that are very good at the task of rowing. What strikes me the most about how they go about it is that I don’t think about boat position while they are on the sticks.

Take some time to improve your game in the rower seat. Put some effort into giving your casters their best opportunity to hook up. Your friends will appreciate the effort and maybe put a few in the boat worth remembering years down the road.

Mio


Zoo Cougar Variant

It is incredibly difficult to improve upon a pattern that is already at the pinnacle of streamers as far as production is concerned.  However, there are times that subtle changes in either coloration, movement, size, or flash will increase opportunities on those really tough days.  Here is a different version of Galloup’s Zoo Cougar that I have fished successfully for trout and smallmouth.

ZooCougar variant

  • Thread: GSP Olive
  • Hook:  Size 2 B10s
  • Tail: Hot Orange Marabou + 3 strands of copper flash on each side
  • 1 Green Speckled and 1 Orange Speckled Rubber leg on each side
  • Body: Florescent Chartreuse Diamond Braid
  • Underwing: White Calf Tail
  • Overwing: Gold Mallard Flank
  • 2 sets of  Green Speckled and  Orange Speckled Rubber leg on each side
  • Head: Spun and trimmed Olive Deer Hair

Sculpceiver

A great streamer pattern that sheds water well and is easy to cast – but maintains a larger profile and moves extremely well when fished with a sinking line.  This pattern moved several large trout and even a few early season steelhead last year.

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  1. Rear Hook: B10S (size 2 or 4)
  2. Tails: Schlappen
  3. Body: Cactus Chenille
  4. Underbelly: Senyo’s Lazer Dub (minnow belly)
  5. Overwing: Farrar’s Flash Blend
  6. Flashabou
  7. Connection: Beadlon & Beads
  8. Front Hook: B10S (Size 2 or 1/0)
  9. Reverse tied Bucktail (on top and bottom of hook)
  10. Body: Cactus Chenille
  11. Overwing/Underwing: Reverse tied bucktail
  12. Underbelly: Senyo’s Lazer Dub (minnow belly)
  13. 2nd Overwing: Ferrar’s Flash Blend
  14. Flashabou
  15. Deer hear trimmed slightly larger and wider than normal

Video put together by Jeff Cole