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Old 09-25-2011, 12:21 AM
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How do you strip your streamers? I'm mainly talking about wolly huggers in western rivers. I've heard your supposed to try and mend the line so streamer is broadside to the trout, but should I do long strips or little ones? Also do you put weights on the line?

Sorry for the newbie questions but I've never used a streamer before and I heard you can get some bigger fish. Thanks!
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Default Re: What's your method of stripping streamers

Unless I'm fishing in still water I seldom strip them. I use what can best be described as 'greased line swinging' this is the technique that does a good job of moving the fly semi perpendicular to the current or broadside if you like. No weight on the fly and you can make leaders that sink like this.

4' of 25 Lb. Maxima looped to, 2 or 3' of braided lead head looped to 4 - 5 foot of 15 pound Maxima. It will turn over a size 2/0 salmon fly with the proper energy in your delivery and will swing that unweighted fly at about 4- 5 feet of depth with proper line control.

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How do you strip your streamers?
Sometimes fast. Sometimes slow. Sometimes varied. You are going to have to experiment to figure which one works best in your situation.

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I've heard your supposed to try and mend the line so streamer is broadside to the trout...
I am not sure if that works, but what the heck. Think about it this way. Which direction will a baitfish try to escape? Will it go upstream or downstream? Try mending upstream on one cast and downstream on another. Try to figure out what happens to the fly when you do those maneuvers.

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...but should I do long strips or little ones?
Try experimenting.

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Also do you put weights on the line?
Very rarely. Either one relies on the weight of the fly or the sink rate of a sink tip line to get depth.

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Sorry for the newbie questions but I've never used a streamer before and I heard you can get some bigger fish. Thanks!
Good luck!

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Default Re: What's your method of stripping streamers

I use a small split shot about 6 inches above the fly. Cast...count to desired depth...strip strip strip... pause...wiggle...small strip... wiggle...pause...strip strip.
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Default Re: What's your method of stripping streamers

Kelly Gallop recommends the "jerk-strip" method (if I remember correctly that's what it's called.)

He casts across stream, then, as the fly drifts downstream, he jerks the fly rod a few inches downstream, then moves the rod back upstream and strips some line, then jerks and strips again.

Maybe you can find a good description on the web.

I, however, just varry my strips, eg. short, pause, long, long, short, short, pause, long.

Anything to mimic an injured or struggling fish.

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Well, I guess it's obvious, but fish face upstream...so if you strip upstream you're dragging your fly past the fish from behind, while their eyes and mouth are in front. Don't know about presenting the fly broadside, but it sure needs to get in front of the fish while he has a chance to eat it.

A really good streamer fisherman told me he often casts upstream to the far bank and immediately throws a huge mend downstream. Then when he strips, he is stripping toward the front of the fish...It has worked for me, but I don't fish streamers enough. The takes are awesome.

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Default Re: What's your method of stripping streamers

usually just use a strip pause type retrieve.
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Default Re: What's your method of stripping streamers

I don't do a whole lot of stripping. I cast perpindicular to the river, three quick strips to get a tight line and let it swing. When it gets to be straight down river wait 30 seconds, strip two or three small ones and do it again. With supple materials like bou, squirrell and rabbit the current will do the work for you.
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Default Re: What's your method of stripping streamers

Your going to have to change it up until you discover what they want. Stitching into the palm of your line hand, strip strip pause strip, to long sweeps of your rod while halling in the excess. You can even tuck you rod under you arm and double hand it. Fishing a tight line down stream is a way I like. It keeps your fly in the water. You can give a stream action by raising and lowering your rod tip. Play out line. You even move you fly from left to right, if your fly isn't to far away, by through a belly it one way or the other. You have to watch your approach a lot more. You are sending silt and noise down stream, if your not careful. Works great for nymphing too.
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