I'm getting revved up for Spring and the start of some real fishing. George Daniel's new book, Strip Set, comes at the perfect time. In theory the next few months could unlock the streamer bite and if I can just figure out where and how to fish these bulky flies I may get to feel the tug of some heavy and aggressive fish.
In a fortnight we will embark on a week long expedition to float fish from our raft tricked out with a new NRS fishing frame. Plans are weather dependent, but we are hoping to hit the area around Casper, Wyoming and the end with the Green River below Flaming Gorge.
I found George Daniel's first book, Dynamic Nymphing, gave me a new perspective on nymphing. And it made nymphing much more interesting than just watching a bobber drift by.
Strip Set intends to do the same for streamer fishing. Streamers are a dark art among fisherman. And so far I'm still in the dark.
One of the the favorite patterns in the book is the Drunk and Disorderly by Tommy Lynch.
It's tied a few different ways but here is how the originator ties the fly. I wish there were a better step by step video in the style of Tightline productions, but there isn't one out there.
This is a tough fly to tie and fit all the stuff on the hook. It has a rattle, flash, rabbit strip, flank feathers, chenille, deer hair. Whew! It has some genius elements. The tail has a horizontal fin of mallard flank feather so it undulates side to side, and the front of the fly has vertical fins and a wedge shaped deer hair head so that it will dive steeply when stripped and then float upward on the pause. Putting the two together is supposed to creating zig zagging action in three dimensional space. Most other patterns will just jig up and down.
Here are some of the flies I tied.
I took the yellow drunk and disorderly fishing on Monday and it performs as described. Alas none of the Provo river trout were interested in eating it. Of course, based on the advice in the book, the conditions for catching fish were not ideal.
The hardest aspect of streamer fishing is the NOT catching fish part. Because even when you are doing everything right you may not catch any fish.
Fingers crossed, that I will get a chance to see how these tactics work on fish in 2 weeks. Otherwise, my streamer rig may sit collecting dust fo another season until the Fall hits.