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Old 09-30-15, 05:25 AM   #11
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Haven't read that one yet but heard its great...its definitely on my list!

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Old 09-30-15, 03:42 PM   #12
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Trutta once again knocks it out of the park.

Also don't forget that you can dead drift a streamer as well.
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Old 09-30-15, 03:43 PM   #13
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I don't think there is any steadfast rule on streamer color. I usually will start with dark flies in dark water or clouds, and light colors when it's sunny or clear water, but that's just a starting point. Overall I just try what feels right and switch colors frequently if I am not moving fish. I usually won't go more than 10 minutes with a fly before changing color, size, weighted, unweighted etc.

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I would also add to this that on some days when you are getting no play don't be afraid to throw something wacky.

Some of my better patterns have emerged in this manner. I have stumbled across colors schemes that you would never ever think might work. And they continue to work. Purple, chartruese, and pink? Really?
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Old 09-30-15, 03:58 PM   #14
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Rich,
Have you tried a gamechanger on those Browns up there? Just wondering.
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Old 10-01-15, 03:31 AM   #15
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Skibum,

Yeah we have fished them some. Usually when I am throwing baitfish I prefer double deceivers or murdich minnows just because they are a lot lighter to cast all day.

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Old 10-01-15, 03:41 AM   #16
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Browniez,

Good point...you never know what will get them going on a given day. I really have become a fan of adding chartreuse into some flies as a trigger color. Black/chart and white/chart have been two very consistent producers for me.

Ever fish black/blue? I have some friends that love throwing that color combo in the winter months.

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Never black and blue, but black and purple has taken good fish here consistently. I'm just a bit superstitious about bright blues, not a fan. It just doesn't seem natural, but it works.
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Never black and blue, but black and purple has taken good fish here consistently. I'm just a bit superstitious about bright blues, not a fan. It just doesn't seem natural, but it works.
Bright blues are good in lakes, but I don't like 'em in rivers.

Now black and purple, yep, love 'em in the Hooch. Purple Haze!

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Old 10-07-17, 11:38 PM   #19
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I like to tie a little weight in some of them and work in sections where the depth will drop off quick so I can throw a little dead drift action as I let my line straighten out below me. Just keeping enough control to feel them love tap it a few times.
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Old 10-09-17, 07:49 PM   #20
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Good thread and since the book Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout by Kelly Galloup hasnt been mentioned, it is worth a read.

I read this book to see if I could apply any of the techniques into jerk bait presentations only to find out streamers were essentially designed to mimic a jerkbait.

Jerk baits work great for trout but there are a few disadvantages IMO. They're heavy and get thrown very easily. Streamers have far less weight for the fish to throw. The feathers and hair have a great movement on pause whereas the jerkbait has nothing unless twitched.

I've been experimenting some time now with throwing streamers using spinning gear, TX rigged and Carolina rigged with mixed results. I'm still playing with the weights, though I've had the most luck with a pegged bullet weight at the streamer.

There may be some tying gear in my future to play around with some brighter colors as the streamers I've found are mostly natural, whereas the jerk baits come in a variety of brighter, attractor type colors. If I were to tie some, I'd also like to add weight to the mid section and not just the nose to maybe level out the swim as the nose weight seems to jig some...

PS: Streamer Chronicles series on YouTube is also a very good watch.


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