STREAMERS perfectly imitate small fish, fish fry and other larger prey, such as leeches or large dragonfly larvae. Especially in lakes and ponds, huge breeding schools of fish can be found near the shore at certain times of the year. In addition, these waters are often home to several different small fish species that can also be imitated excellently with the streamer.
Especially if you want to target larger fish, fishing with the STREAMER is your first choice, because with increasing size most fish species switch gradually or even exclusively to a predatory diet to be able to cover the energy requirements that rise with body mass.
To be successful with the STREAMERS in still waters, you should use models with specific characteristics, which we present to you here. The differences to the classic streamer models for fly fishing in flowing waters may seem small to you, but they can be decisive in whether you land the catch of the day or go home without a single take.
Generally, the more alive STREAMERS appear, the better they catch. This starts with the imitation of the natural models in shape, colour and size, whereby in special situations more striking colours can exert an additional attraction and thus attract the fish.
To be successful, however, it is crucial that the STREAMER moves as much as possible and in a natural way. This is easy to achieve in flowing water because of the current. There you cast the STREAMER and it starts to work immediately. To achieve the same mobility in still water, it is necessary to ensure that the tying materials used can move freely and seductively just as the bait sinks. With the slightest pull on the tippet during retrieval, the STREAMER must literally pulsate, causing the tying material to float slowly and gracefully through the water.
For this reason, the weighting of special stillwater patterns is chosen rather cautiously. Brass rather than tungsten weights such as small head beads are used so that the STREAMER develops as much play and movement as possible.
To be able to present the STREAMER at the right depth, fly lines with different sink rates are used. The assembly is completed with a polyleader and a tippet that measures between 1 and 1.5 metres. By varying the retrieve speed and stopping the retrieve erratically, you bring a lot of movement into your STREAMER, which makes it irresistible especially for the big fish.