For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Streamers, And A Moment In Life
Over the years I have enjoyed fishing, tying and talking about streamer flies. As you well know by now my use of these flies in small streams has been successful and I will not hesitate to use them. My use of them is not always based on serious thought, most times I just look in the fly box and I'll pluck one out and fish it. Most times I'll be rewarded with a taker and even if that doesn't happen I still have the feeling of success for I blame me and not the fly for my inability to bring one to hand.
The three streamers pictured here are with out question the best streamers for small stream fishing. Over the years they have accounted for many fish. They are always in my box. They are the Black Ghost, McKay Special and Montreal Whore. They are simple marabou streamers that catch fish.
A dark swirling pool on a small stream. It's waters swollen from recent rains. Beads of white foam rise to the surface like clouds in the sky. A dark shadow appears in mid current, perhaps a brook trout...no it's only a branch caught in the current. I reach into the fly box and select a streamer, the Montreal Whore. The fly is cast into the swirling current of the pool. I see it's marabou wing teasing seductively. I tighten the line and see the fly go under the dark water. Suddenly the line stiffens and I feel the weight of a fish. A fight takes place and I know I must keep the line tight. The bottom of the pool is littered with logs, branches and who knows what else. The fish knows he has to find some of that cover to be able to rid himself of the streamer. His valiant effort falls short and he is brought to hand.
Is this a moment of Zen...I can only say it was a moment in life when all...