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  1. #11
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    In mountain streams I seem to have the best luck with streamers in high, and/or off-color water. I like the sinking line and unweighted streamers as well (my set-up is a 6wt with 200 gr SA streamer express). You can though, make due with weighted streamers with floating lines, especially while wading and hitting close targets. Sometimes, if a good fish flashes my indicator, I will cut off several feet of my 9' (down to 4 or 5') leader, tie on a streamer and swing and twitch it through there. This can be done quickly and relatively effectively with a faster rod.
    Watch the Galloup video, or read his book. He is often fishing from a boat, drifting a river, going for a reaction strike to a suddenly presented fleeing baitfish.
    It can be loads of fun, a decent fish will try to take the rod away from you! Can be a great tactic on winter run fish, or after a big rain (when the water is clearing), or a rain event during a full moon. More lethargic fish will take nymphs, aggressive fish will hit a streamer.
    Lots of different tactics to the sport, use the ones that interest you.
    Best,
    John

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    Five important words in regards to stripping streamers, and ultimate success :

    Intermediate sink tip fly lines

    There's your tip for the day! IF you can't get it down, streamers are worthless on top (with current)with a floating line. Unless you are in dead water, and unlimited sink times are allowed.
    I am a great admirer of spectator sports, especially on television; it keeps the riffraff off the trout streams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Fly n View Post
    Five important words in regards to stripping streamers, and ultimate success :

    Intermediate sink tip fly lines

    There's your tip for the day! IF you can't get it down, streamers are worthless on top (with current)with a floating line. Unless you are in dead water, and unlimited sink times are allowed.
    Just to add to that, there is no reason for monster sinking lines. Intermediates work just fine, are easier to cast, and present the fly much better then any of the rest.

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