Friday, November 26, 2010

Reflecting on Streamer Fishing This Past Summer

 Well I sitting here still trying to get rid of this persistent sinus infection. Checking my email I found an article concerning streamer fishing and it got me thinking about being introduced to the Bouface streamer this past summer. I must admit I haven’t done a lot of streamer fishing especially for trout. I do use the tungsten head wooly bugger some, but when it comes to fishing varieties of streamers I am kind of void. I know most all of us at one time has use the  bugger with success. I started experimenting with the streamer this past summer when a buddy and I got into some stripped bass. I had just ordered an assorted of flies and one of the patterns was a variation of a bugger but tied with a different pattern and design. It was the Bouface streamer, size 6 with a tungsten head. It made a believer out of me in a hurry after I landed some strips in the 3 lbs plus range. I was using a fast retrieve and they were nailing it usually at the end of the jerk. I had 4 Bouface Streamers with me that day and ended the morning with one, the others were lost in the mouths of some larger strips that I never turned around. That one experience showed me what a streamer was capable of and how aggressive a fish can be when they see this fly in the water column. I really like the Tungsten head version because of the sink rate. I am  looking forward to using the Zunker, and the Bouface in the spring on the Caney Fork and of course on Smith Lake. My son-in-law and I are planning a float trip on the Caney in early spring. The streamer fishing should be hot at that time for some of the big browns. I am going to try some new streamer patterns on the lake as well. I think the streamer would be deadly worked around structure not only on the lake but on the river as well. Can't wait for sping to get here and get back to some great fly fishing.  
The bugger is always a winner. I like the olive and black along with the brown.
The Zonker Craw is one of those streamers I am going to give a try on the Caney and Smith in the coming spring and summer. This fly comes with the Tungsten head and has a fairly fast sink rate. Really a killer looking fly.


Shoreman said...

Hey Bill. Hope you Thanksgiving was a good one. I started out with regular beads for my WB's, but have changed to Tungsten because of the sink rate, just like you. It seems to make a big difference in the catch rate. Next time you order, you might look into the Tungsten Beadhead ThinMint in a size 8. It should produce as well as the WB's you use.


Bill Trussell said...

We had a great Thanksgiving, I hope you guys had a great day as well. I will give the Thinmint a try when I order again in January. They have some awesome looking streamers and I plan on trying a bunch out this next season. Thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

Remember bigger trout are meat eaters. So Streamer patterns may not catch a whole boat load of fish, but, they will often entice the big guys. Makes sense too me. If I am a big fish why waste all my energy on sipping Midges and other small nymph patterns when I can chase down a Streamer and get all my needed calories in one big bite.

While I don't fly fish anymore, this theory is why I still use spinners for trout and bass.

Bill Trussell said...

I completely agree with the big lure theory. That is why I am already planning on using more of these large flies this coming season. Thanks for the commnet