We’re back after skipping the blog last week. It somehow felt insensitive to talk about things we do for fun while in the current crisis. But now, almost 2 weeks into it, we seem to be adjusting to the new norm (somewhat anyway), spring is coming, stoneflies and olives are hatching, trout season is just around the corner, and well, now it feels okay to have something fun to look forward to. We hope you agree. Today’s blog is full of tips and the first one comes from Barry.
Sometimes it pays to think outside the box. Fishing dry droppers, a pair of soft hackles or two nymphs trailed together is quite common and often produces, but most anglers rarely think of fishing two streamers in tandem. It works and it’s a strategy that I often use especially when faced with high off-color water and when I am using a sink-tip or full sinking line. Under these conditions I want my flies down on the bottom and generally I like a slow retrieve hoping to get my flies in front of a fish. Streamers like Cathy’s Super Buggers are designed to push water and create vibrations that can alert the fish to the fly. So my go to combination is a smaller lighter colored upper fly and a black Super Bugger on the bottom.
More than once I’ve found trout busting minnows near the surface and have used a two streamer combination with great success. Trout are competitive by nature, so I use a smaller minnow pattern on top and a larger streamer pattern on the bottom. I like to think that this imitates something big chasing something little. My retrieves are faster and I am generally using a floating line. Remember to strip set the hook using your line hand and not by lifting you rod tip. If you strike with your line hand and miss the fish, you have only moved the flies a short distance and there is a good chance the fish will continue the pursuit. If you set by lifting the rod tip and miss, you’ve pulled the flies away from the fish and the game is over. If you see a wake behind your fly or can see a fish chasing your fly, accelerate your retrieve speed which should encourage the fish to strike.
When casting two streamers especially with a sinking or sink-tip line, it’s always best to open up your casting loop so the flies don’t tangle. It’s not quite chuck and duck, but’s it’s not far from it. The next time you’re in the mood to fish streamers give the combo a try. You might be surprised.
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Barry & Cathy take us on a new adventure to the Parana River in Northern Argentina.