A few weeks ago we had our annual Frenzy trip up to Idaho and Montana where we landed some awesome fish. We fished mostly streamers hunting for big aggressive trout. When I got home I was convinced that the Brown trout up north are more aggressive. A couple days after being home I was having withdrawals from chucking streamers so I went to go fly fish the Provo River. I have had fair success on the Provo before with streamers but have never really been committed to it. There have been times in the past when I would start with streamers but switch after a bit or not stick with it the whole time. The past couple weeks I have been out on the Provo a few times throwing the big stuff and was committed to it the whole time. My opinion of the aggressiveness of the Browns on the Provo compared to big Browns from Idaho or Montana has now been resolved. I don’t think those Browns up north are more aggressive. For sure they are bigger comparing them to the Provo river trout but I have had a ton of fish want to obliterate my streamer on these recent trips out with the exact same intensity. My final conclusion is that Browns are Browns, they might be bigger on average else where but you can catch just as many in Utah (Provo River) and they are just as aggressive.
This past year or so I have fished streamers much more I have learned a few things.
A few tips to try:
- Streamers are expensive and or take a lot of time to tie, so you need to perfect the balance of being aggressive with your casts but also staying conservative to not loose flies.
- Watch your back cast and always know where the big trees are behind you.
- It doesn’t hurt to fish two streamers, unless you hit yourself in the head with your flies. (chuck and duck)
- Hit the banks, close to the bank isn’t a couple feet, close to the bank is 6 inches.
- Always rig up your streamers with 12lb test or stronger, you don’t want to loose a fly or a fish because you are using a week tippet. And I promise the fish will not care how thick of tippet you are using.
- Incorporate a dead drift and a swing once and while. You will be surprised of how many strikes you will get.
- If you are hunting for the big fish then think like a fish. Take your time scouting the river figuring out where the big fish hang and also take your time getting into position to get a good cast.
- Overcast and bad weather days are best for streamers.
- Sinking line or Sink tip line is good to use or just weight your flies.
- When the undercut banks aren’t producing try the gravel bars or runs.
- Make sure to strip your line in all the way. Many fish have been caught 5 to 10 ft from the boat or angler.
I am not any type of expert but feel like I have learn a ton the past couple years streamer fishing and my skills have grown leaps and bounds. Get out, go fishing and chuck some meat.