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Old 11-23-2013, 08:34 AM
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Default Re: who dead drifts streamers?

itch pegged it in all 3 posts.

You can fish a bugger as a leach or large nymph with dead drift and it works well.

I always dead drift when stripping and vice verse.

I know a few guys who use an indicator because they never strip.

And then Ard slammed it home, the wait comes with a feel...not just sight. When the connect occurs the rush is worth the wait.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:58 PM
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Default Re: who dead drifts streamers?

I've got a lot to learn about streamers. There's a lot I'd love to learn about
streamers.

The only fish I've caught on streamers were on a dead drift under an indicator, nymph style. I used weighted streamers, in fact, the streamers were the weight. Worked pretty well. Especially deadly off the back of a drift boat!

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PS: In his book, "Barr Flies", John recommends dead drifting streamers.
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Default Re: who dead drifts streamers?

Dead drifting streamers is one of the most effective ways of hooking tarpon in the rivers, cuts and channels in the back country when you know, or think you know, where they are holding. And I am never in a hurry to retrieve either - especially when using bunny tails.

Two years ago, I came close to breaking a rod when I didn't even know I was fishing. It was getting late, and I was untangling the Q-beam cord from in the center console getting it ready for nightfall, and had stripped in all my line and laid the fly on the deck with the rod tip over the gunwhale.

Evidentally, a loop of line fell into the water while I was tangled up in electric cord and fly line, and I didn't notice it, being occupied with the mess. The loop had sucked the fly overboard and down the cut. Suddenly all hell broke loose with line, cord, light and rod suddenly heading out over the transom. I was able to grab the rod and break off the tarpon, but just barely in time. I didn't figure tangled marine electric wire would make it through the guides.

My buddy has hooked so many with a fly just swimming lazly in place, he looks like he's bait fishing half the time. He attributes that technique to the fact that he's either eating or chain smoking most of the time and was always hooking up while lighting up or stuffing his face.

It's a method that works for a lot of species and you don't need much current - especially with bunny tails.
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Default Re: who dead drifts streamers?

I have an amigo who does this all the time. Casts up stream, dead drifts back, and lets it swing down. He catches trout like crazy doing this.

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Default Re: who dead drifts streamers?

This is one of the first lessons for new fly fishers. The "stunned baitfish" tumbling downstream that "wakes" and heads for shallower water.
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Default Re: who dead drifts streamers?

Dead drifting streamers is such a great method to take all kinds of fish in current whether in rivers, streams , cross currents or tidal flows. But with that being said for me the strip , strip ,strip , pause strip, strip, and BAM on a tight line just makes my day!!
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