One of the classic ways to fish a streamer is to cast it downstream and across from your position at about a 45 degree angle from you as you are facing downstream. Often, it is unnecessary - in very fast water - to strip line as your fly swings across the creek/stream/river. Once it comes to rest below you, you can start to strip it in as you've been doing. In very slow water, you might try stripping line as the fly is doing its swing.
Fish often take the fly at the very end of its swing, so be ready!
Good luck, Gary
Last edited by gt05254; 05-20-2011 at 03:39 PM.