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Streamer fishing, often overlooked but cherished by many, is a close second place to dry flies as my favourite rig to use for trout. The aggressive chases and eats add another element to the joy of fly fishing. In this guide, we will delve into the art of streamer fishing in New Zealand, focusing on the Taupo region, and explore a few key tips that are essential to making this technique successful.
Here’s a few top tips that are key in making this technique successful…
In the world of streamer fishing, a river that's clearing but still slightly dirty is a dream come true. This condition provides the perfect backdrop for streamer success. It entices the trout to be more aggressive, believing that the prey is nearby. Recently the Tongariro has had a fair bit of snow melt, giving just enough colour to create some excellent streamer fishing conditions.
When streamer fishing, I prefer to position myself in the river's centre, either from a boat or while wading. My casts are so close to the bank that half the time, they bounce off rocks and dive into the water. This technique mimics the behaviour of baitfish hugging the shoreline, a favourite hiding spot for trout.
Presentation is everything when it comes to streamer fishing. The key is to make your streamer act like a nervous prey item. Avoid casting upstream directly to a fish, as it can appear predatory. Instead, fish across or downstream, making the fly seem like it's desperately trying to escape. Here's the breakdown:
To maximize your success in streamer fishing, make sure you have the appropriate equipment:
My Favourite set up:
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The Killer fly that catches more than the others is: