I have no use for restrictions that suggest how we should catch trout on a fly rod. To George Costanza’s exasperated point, “We’re living in a society!” It’s really the right thing to do. Enjoy the day. He is not being “cheap”, he is competing. on small streams. And be nice. I fish the Farmington, its my home stretch. Get to the bank and walk around him. On large streams the game is pounding banks and cover, usually while drifting downstream on the front of a drift boat. Fishing streamers in a down-and-across position is easier because of the immediate tension that is created by placing the fly downstream of your position. Most sports have a set of unwritten rules, generally agreed upon by those in the know. There are very specific rules of navigation and right of way that apply. I was fishing a small creek near my house yesterday. Let the fish have their say. Streamer anglers blow through a lot of water. Etiquette only works when both sides agree on the terms. Dominic, I like your writing but this is hogwash. . My boys are in Little League, and we are awash in the joy of baseball again. That’s a whole other piece of onstream etiquette. Sadly, Dom, as a newbie to the sport I did this to a fellow fly fisher in Pagoda Springs. I just moved on, but felt a little burned that I could not fish that spot because someone else was “at work” across the stream . Basically you can fish either direction, upstream or downstream with any kind of flies: dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, and streamers. Things that can’t be are your opinion. And left or right fielders yield to the center fielder for called balls — always. Goes to show you how out of touch we are with the kind of stream etiquette Dom wrote about. I Wasn’t Really Trying — these excuses are centered around the inference that if you really wanted to, you could have caught more trout . bit more depth . I think every angler has some gear obsession. And we drifted those minnows, starting with a cast upstream and across. Because fishing is the kind of activity that requires a lot of stuff. You might even tie a dropper on to the end of the streamer hook and add a small Hare’s Ear or … I’ve found the best way to position yourself in this situation is upstream and to the side. On small streams, you’re typically wading upstream picking small spots apart. I follow the 21 miles on my way to work daily. My uncle was an expert at the craft. Great Article, Domenick! I usually just leave. What if I bunt as the lead-off hitter in the top of the 3rd and no one got a hit in the first 2 innings? This isn’t my rule. Start by casting upstream, and then raise your rod tip to pick up slack as the fly approaches. Of all the reasons why I fly fish for trout, two captivating things keep me coming back: refining a system, and breaking it all apart. You can quickly find this affirmed here, here and here. I hesitate to call it unwritten because it is written, although it seems to be a vanishing concept. What this causes though is situation that is very easy to snap your leader and tippet. You wouldn’t know it, but so much of the river is lightly fished. As I wrote above, this is NOT simply my opinion. My contention was always that big trout don’t require anything extraordinary to seal the deal. Yes, even if that means getting out of the boat and walking it through the shallows, that’s what we do. I pick spots next to the bank that look fishy, throw a cast up into them, and pull the line back in as quick as I can. Streamers are bigger flies that you fish on an active retrieve, and these flies imitate baitfish, crayfish, leeches, and large aquatic insects like hellgrammites. I agree with every word and I’m gonna try to be more conscious of how I wade. Be willing to work the water thoroughly when you’re swinging your streamers through your target water. This will produce realistic jerks and lunges that look like the way real minnows move. Personally I’ll continue yield to the salmon angler as I just think it’s the best way for both to enjoy and be productive with their fishing. In this article, we answer all your streamer-related questions and provide some unexpected insights to boot. And way more often then not, they are used as a stick to beat someone else with. He’s learning so many new rules at once, and much of what he’s absorbing isn’t in a rule book. But what is GOOD may actually be pretty special. are casting upstream and drifting the streamer toward you. Meaning, it’s rare to find the skill level necessary to consistently get good drifts and put them over trout (large or small). Streamer fishing is a method of fly fishing using a submerged fly called a streamer. The pace of the streamer guy can easily be five times that of the upstream nymph or dry fly guy — and it should be. First come, first served! Your email address will not be published. If I am using jig hooks, I will use a few different sized slotted tungsten beads As coach for my youngest son’s team, I teach these little ball players not only what a force out is at second base, but also the other things, like the unwritten agreement not to step into the batter’s box until the catcher is ready, and to stay off the pitcher’s mound if you’re not the pitcher. 2-3’ of 4 pound flourocarbon, small swivel. you can cast up stream and twitch the streamer down through the hole and then strip In this method, the fly stays near the surface, which is not always what is required. . Really, I don’t think that this unwritten rule is something that is completely intuitive or learned by having common courtesy. Doesn’t seem to matter how I’ve approached it, no one wants to be told that they are doing something “wrong” while fishing. Cast across the current or downstream and across the current, make an upstream mend to get your fly pointing upstream (an upstream mend is a good idea, but since there is no wrong way to fish a streamer, try going without the mend), and let … So for all who’ve heard me make this argument, I’d like to offer this revision: I still believe that large trout don’t need more than a good presentation. They are personal choices, so the silly codes or rules against indicators or other rigs and styles make little sense to me. Family. from 3.0-4.0mm. Summary. Adding slight twitches can be applied to mimic a struggling fish, oftentimes generating more interest. trees, Easier to cast on streams with tighter canopies, Less reach requires you to be closer to the fish One other solution is to wait until later in the evening as very few anglers stick it out to the real magic hour, much less into the dark. It’s just a set of standards and expectations that are generally agreed upon. Kept an eye out for him to apologize but to no avail. I think I am a wet fly fisherman but I wade upstream. Maybe it’s the solitude of the sport. cast your line. Fish’s Fault — where you blame the fish for not eating your flies. Hopefully, with articles like this, those who don’t know will be informed so they don’t have to learn the hard way. That’s probably a big reason why new anglers may take a long time to learn the unwritten rules. That’s why I wrote the article. Cast upstream and let it flow downstream through your target area. and increases the risk of spooking them, Add 2-5’ to the rod length to determine butt Forgo conclusions and look instead for certainty in trends. Here the etiquette for up vs downstream seems to be whoever was there first has the right of way, probably due to the long history of fishing wets down and across in these environments. Also try to pass this on to others. Interesting comments and a great post. Hi. I was not familiar with this front ending thing…apparently it happens to me a lot. Why’d you take the skunk? But that’s not the way the world works, and I doubt that you actually live that way. Tom shows us the various retrieves you can use and ways to fish the streamer both upstream and downstream such as swinging or dead drifting. The canopy of the stream I am going to fish dictates what rod I will take Would that more will read and think about…………….. Mostly, Troutbitten is here to share better ways to catch trout, but here’s a big list of explanations for when you don’t. We arrived almost the same time but he parked first. Fishing these streamers is very similar to euro nymphing. I said, “I don’t want to fish over you, are you fishing up or down?” He was a worm fisherman but turns out the best catch and release guy I’ve ever seen. Make the cast across or slightly upstream and mend the line as the current takes it downstream which will allow the fly to sink. That’s really the only way it works. Seriously though, I made a new friend on the river the other day. Fifty years ago, the thing to do was to swing wet flies around here, wading downstream. These days the wet fly guys are sparse, and the streamer crowd is growing. Fly fishing etiquette can be written down and clearly explained. My small stream leaders are nothing more than a butt section of Maxima Fishing these streamers is very similar to euro nymphing. Arghhh!!!!!! I rarely fish streamers upstream and across, but the heavily weighted slump buster on my floating fly line and 8-foot leader seemed to be the right combination. Let the river teach. Simply cast across and upstream and once the fly is in the water and sinks, use short quick strips. Looking for guided fly fishing trips, destination advice, fly tying lessons, casting tuition or simply want to learn more about fly fishing our experienced team are ready to help you. It’s a great way to keep in touch. It means you’re mad that your no-hitter got broken up. A common response was amusement as to why I’d want to fish for trout and not salmon in the first place! That’s the rule. Angler Types in Profile Big Trout Commentary Dry Fly Fishing Fly Fishing StrategiesGear Reviews Night FishingNymphing Stories Streamers Tactics Troutbitten Fly Box, Gear Review Policy Terms and conditonsPrivacy PolicyAffiliate Link DisclosureAmazon Affiliate Disclaimer, Gear Review Policy Terms and conditons Privacy Policy Affiliate Link Disclosure Amazon Affiliate Disclaimer. Fly fishing has its own long list of rules. Good post Domenick. Dom I have also run into this and feel if I wait 2 minutes and the “gentleman” is still on a call, he’s not fishing, he’s conducting business. How to Fish Streamers Pound the Bank and Strip it: This is an EXTREMELY PRODUCTIVE method of fishing streamers. No team gets an option taken away from them because of your potential no-hitter. I’m not a salmon guy. I called one of the largest organisations that look after and let fishing on major rivers containing trout and salmon here in the UK. I argued with friends about this over beers, during baseball games, on drives to the river and through text messages at 1:00 am. You have to cover water. You want to twitch Sadly, the offending angler often has no idea he did anything wrong. Latest. through the hole and hit the streamer when you pause it, while working it back to And the trends of anglers becomes easy to predict if you see the river every day. I would much rather fish alone on secondary water than compete with others. Thank you for that chance . it. The way I fish streamers from this rig is (usually) relatively similar to how I fish nymphs. the streamer as it drifts towards you. You won’t be using any 5X strength material here. Gone will be times of watching that indicator for the slightest movement. What you’re talking about though, is a little different — how much space to give each other out there. are casting upstream and drifting the streamer toward you. — Photo by Bill Dell. Before I cast, I like to determine when I think my streamer is most likely to be eaten. READ: Troutbitten | Where the Lines Are Drawn. I’m sick of people deciding for me how to fish. Embed Video. It was a first for me and I am not sure what to make of it. Hunting. This list of reasons will help explain it all away. Join Troutbitten and follow along. 21 miles of beautiful river to choose from. I frequently pushed back against the notion that big wild trout were caught only with exceptional skill. In fact, if I could only fish one category of fly (God forbid) year-round in Nebraska, I would pick streamers. No matter what fly you’re fishing, if you’re working downstream and come upon an angler fishing upstream, you should give him plenty of room. I was returning to my car by fishing downstream when I saw an angler ahead of me fishing upstream. Sorry buddy, you can’t have it both ways. depth of stream, 3-4’ on streams with more pools or a 3-4’ Chameleon connected to three to four feet of Umpqua Bi-Color Indicator with a small There’s only one thing wrong with this “Fantastic Article” those that need to heed this advice are the ones that won’t read it. https://troutbitten.com/2018/02/23/front-ended-can-stop/. how to fish streamers in small streams Home; Events; Register Now; About . What a bunch of crap. . As far as I can tell, it’s been commonly accepted wisdom for over a century. Often a fish will hunt the streamer Being crowded out of your preferred run or pool is the perfect time to explore that road less traveled. Fish it just like a nymph, dead drift, with no movement at all. This technique involves being at the top of a hole, and fishing down stream into the hole and the first part of the run. . Your are mostly fishing spots and it is not likely you will be able to move up or down stream far with out seeing other anglers. On the contrary, the unwritten rules about what fly fishers should do in deference or respect to their fellow angler are paramount. What does being “cheap” even mean? I like to use lead eye or tungsten bead streamers. They would also carry over in ever thing else you do in daily life, for example letting someone go ahead of you in line at the store or pulling your car over to let an oncoming car go first on a narrow street. He spooks more fish ahead of him than does the upstream angler, and he kicks up mud and silt that carries downstream ahead of him. You get to witness an There are plenty of exceptions to any rule — hence the common saying. Typically, when a fish eats a streamer you’re going to feel it. Hope someone who knows the etiquette will chime in though. . And however anyone else wants to rig up and fish a fly rod is just fine by me too. If you get in the habit of pinpointing, then fishing good swinging water as your drifting and pounding the banks, you often will increase your success for the day. Time on the water is limited, and we want to feel prepared. Best show ever. Join the mailing list to receive all Troutbitten articles and updates directly to your inbox. Go into any new exploration with a clear head and without expectations. Fishing. Here in Nebraska, small streams make up the majority of our cold water trout fishing opportunities, and many avid Nebraska trout anglers will tell you that streamers can produce amazing results on our spring creeks. You want to twitch the streamer as it drifts towards you. But that doesn’t mean that these conventions don’t exist. More Fishing. And the river. I suppose, by your line of thinking, that there are no rules of etiquette allowed or to be followed, anywhere, unless they are written and passed into law by some agency. You The first is to dead drift the streamer. To imitate a minnow, keep the streamer in the water column and strip the line with your hand. The perfect position has the cast ¾ across the current so the streamer will drift with a straight line right in front of the trouts nose. Good point about the solitude. I mainly stick to three main flies when I am streamer fishing There seems to be importance on this in other hoddy activities like golf (e.g., don’t talk during the backswing, don’t walk through someone’s putting line, etc.) There doesn’t seem to be any common etiquette on trout/up vs salmon/down and it was suggested that the fair thing would be who ever was fishing the pool or run first has right of way. I drive by my river most every day as well. Maybe you don’t agree with the concept that the downstream fisher should yield to the upstream fisher. Conversely, the downstream fisher can affect the quality of fishing fifty or more yards ahead of him, with the carried mud, long casts and spooked fish. Streamer fishing is exciting because you are constantly moving, retrieving your line, and covering lots of water. Small stream streamer fishing may not be as exciting to some Friends. And it makes me chuckle when guys start complaining about pressure. There are two techniques to use when fishing with streamers in rivers. Streamers are the fly-fishing equivalent of conventional lures. On small streams that are a bit wider February 17, 2017. When you’re fishing a river, you want to find streams, pools and cut banks. When fishing streamers in cold water the trick is to slow down the fly. Didn’t realize what I’d done until much later even though I got the evil eye as he walked off the water. My friend, Greg, includes an etiquette section with his introductory classes on fly fishing. You can also give a couple of short quick strips followed by a pause. colors so rich that they almost look like they would hurt. That’s fine too, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s what most anglers expect. But the trouble with the unwritten rules of fly fishing is that many newcomers aren’t aware of them. My older son is on a “Major League” team this year, and it’s fun to watch Joey as a rookie again. Because that’s where I learned a lot about fishing streamers. I’d rather fish over half as many trout because there will be a quarter or less of the anglers. Let time be the gauge. The upstream fisher has virtually no effect on the downstream fisher above, until he is nearly on top of the other angler. Ignore this, or fail in the attempt, and you’ll likely learn nothing. Get to the bank and walk around him. In winter I often use my small streamers as anchor nymph on streams with a It’s been that way for a long time. My approach is typically upstream or upstream and across. It seems your etiquette is different to ours in the UK. When wading, I’ve found the best way to fish streamers (aside from swinging, which we’ll dive into here in a moment) is to cast on a 45-degree angle upstream, and quickly strip in the slack line. This is one of my old favorites http://www.uky.edu/~agrdanny/flyfish/rules.htm. Your potential no-hitter does not shift the object of the game from winning to giving a pitcher a chance for this thing. There almost should be some kind of required etiquette course the first time you purchase a fishing license. Cover water, and catch fish on a streamer. Instead I try to lead by example and make the comment, “I’ll hike up a while to give you some room to fish” as I pass by the angler who literally dropped in on top of me. Try fishing a dead-drift streamer with a strike indicator and one or two split shot a foot above the fly on the tippet. This is my home, and I love it. Second, if an area gets that much pressure, I just move one. and even bowling (e.g., don’t approach the ball rack until each bowler on each side of you rolled, don’t linger at the line too long, etc. He responded that he was on a conference call but was fishing the area. This is important as some of the smaller fish may be hard to detect when they hit the fly. Watch Next Video. Streamer flies can also take the likes of leeches, crayfish, and other underwater morcels larger fish like to dine on. The downstream fisher blows up more water at a faster pace. by Domenick Swentosky | Apr 20, 2017 | 41 comments, Read the Troutbitten Article  | Buy the Vest. Personally I always give way to the Salmon folk purely for practical reasons. Some anglers I encounter seem put-off just because you show up on the river while they’re fishing alone. Interesting. compares to fishing small streamers to me. Since 2014 and 600 articles deep Troutbitten is a free resource for all anglers Your support is greatly appreciated. I float with friends sometimes, and we make every effort to take the boat behind a wading angler, so as not to disturb the water he’s fishing. We will often cast further upstream, and … I keep my lead eye selection to x-small, small, and medium. This year has been especially bad for getting high-holed or having the one other floater in the lake literally paddle over your line, asking if you’re catching anything. I’ve been fishing for trout for 40 years and I didn’t. You won’t like the results. If there is a baseball game that is 0-2, bottom of the 8th inning, the away pitcher has a no-hitter going and the lead-off hitter bunts a single; he has given his team a chance to tie the game. Scotland have different laws to the UK so I was often calling to ask for permission to fish a river or catchment. Be part of the Troutbitten community of ideas. One of the main items to be aware of is that fishing with streamers tends to elicit very aggressive strikes out of fish. In fact a Spey Rod works great for early season streamer fishing. Like lures, streamers imitate smaller fish, bait fish, scallops, and other common aquatic life such as leeches or crayfish. Fishing large streamers is a great way to target those bigger trout so many of us are after, being especially effective at attracting the attention of the area’s bigger fish. LOL at the Summer of George. Fishing Creek is currently at risk for drastic increases in groundwater withdrawal by Nicholas Meats, LLC of Loganton, PA. Troutbitten stands against this proposal and believes this operation will be detrimental to the sustained life of Fishing Creek, as well as the health and welfare of all living things that rely on it. Fly Fishing Streamers in a River. I don’t use fly line if it makes no sense. It’s part of us. Special tips for fishing streamers upstream, almost dead drift, even in the middle of a bright, sunny day. For many years, I believed that it takes nothing special to catch a big trout. We shared a pool later on and both caught fish back to back, he on a wet worm downstream, me on a wet fly. Please read and understand this dangerous issue, then do something to protect Fishing Creek . Sure, you can run the wading angler over like a Mack truck, but you should give him the right of way. Discuss it. A while back I trecked to fish some remote rivers in the Scottish highlands. This allows you to move into casting position from a downstream approach. Before my time, the rivers saw a lot of wet fly fishermen who also fished downstream. Streamer fishing is the closest thing in fly fishing to what most fishermen start out with—lure fishing. No wonder I don’t catch anything haha. What about the etiquette of proximity? And agreement with the rule isn’t required for compliance. moments. Doing this, you can turn an average fishing day into an epic day. Its so easy to pick pools that are empty. I like these longer leaders as you experience no drag and it is Another good reason to introduce people to our sport (or whatever you want to call it) is to help shape them as anglers. Also, when does this rule kick in? Not sure how I missed this when first posted. — Photo by Chris Kehres. Here are three adjustments that fly fishers need to make when fishing streamers on smaller creeks: Cast Downstream When Fishing Streamers. Worse yet, you may learn the wrong thing. A little communication does help a lot, and it is very easy to mistake ignorance for malice. But the individual who leaves litter on the bank is probably the same guy who spoils your day on the river and is beyond help. What’s the correct etiquette for trout up vs salmon downstream in the States? when growing up, these unwritten rules on the river would most likely come naturaly. This is pretty high up on the list of dumb things anyone has ever said. His casts are longer, and he cover a wider arc. A high-sticking technique works great when you want to float the streamer along a cut bank or through a deep slot between two boulders. We strung live, fathead minnows with a double hook. After 2-3 minutes I asked if he was getting in or getting out. Many anglers will wave you through (sometimes with a middle finger), but a little communication goes a long way to preventing any animosity. While we have a rich tradition of etiquette in salmon fishing and chalk-stream fly fishing there is less when fishing for trout on our freestone streams. while euro nymphing then strip the streamer at the end of your drift. I take both rod lengths with me on my ventures. up close look at native and wild trout hunting down your streamer and violently attacking This unwritten rule probably should vary depending on angling pressure. Thank you all, for a wonderful and busy 2019 season! . I’ve been lazy sometimes when tying on a strea… One sure way to find way to fish all the untouched water you can wish for — walk deep into the forest and fish the small streams. Because they fly is usually moving, strikes can be explosive. And as the streams get more crowded, the rules of etiquette are more important than ever. you. Cast the streamer upstream with or without a strike indicator and let your fly move downstream, taking in slack as necessary. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I came upon a nice spot with someone on the opposite bank on the phone. I left the stream and walked along the bank past him. Too mentally distracting for me anyway. Hunting. Philip, You spent an awful long time on baseball there, trying to justify your argument against a generally accepted rule by picking out specific circumstances. Share this post. But the problem of upsetting a fellow angler is something that happens very rarely IMO, and I agree is usually done through ignorance. Thanks. Streamers are a type of fly fishing pattern t If you’ve read about fly fishing streamers but aren’t entirely what they are or how to use them, then you’ve come to the right place. I wrote about that one a little while ago as well. The tricky one for me is if a trout fisherman is working upstream and a salmon angler enters the river ahead working his way down. Fishermen are full of excuses for failure — because we get a lot of practice at not catching fish. Like, don’t bunt to break up a no hitter because that’s cheap. So I’d give the guy a little grace. Unwritten rules aren’t rules. They are things you personally think should happen. Do everyone a favor and share this info with your fly fishing friends. Now lets talk about how these two directions affect the way we fish. It isn’t unlike swinging steelhead flies. First, I can think of a few times I had to take an important call from my wife or my son, and I stood in the water on the phone for a few minutes. But to throw a no-hitter, you have to throw a no-hitter. Sometimes your only shot is directly upstream, fishing your streamer back to you. with me when I get out of my vehicle. How to Cook Gamebirds with Salsa Macha. Achieve this, and you may well be surprised by what you find with a fly rod in your hand. and pause the streamer back towards you. Many streamer anglers fish downstream. I propose that we all reaffirm and generally agree on this upstream guy / downstream guy thing. George Daniel’s book Dynamic Nymphing Purchase here to support Troutbitten. During the winter, I have caught monstrous fish on streamers in colorado using this exact technique. With respect, Dom. I can imagine it would be different on rivers that have very few trout anglers and the focus is on salmon. 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