Nothing mindless about streamers

I don’t know if applies abroad but there’s a certain cachet that attaches to fishing lures in the UK. Not a particularly flattering one, either.

The fisher of lures (as we call them here: ‘streamers’ to a Brit means downmarket bunting of the kind found in village halls over the Christmas period) is seen as an unimaginative clod who stands rooted to the same spot for eight hours, dragging a lure through the water at the speed of Michael Phelps in the hope of not so much tempting a fish as harpooning it.

Having written a couple of lure features for Trout Fisherman in recent weeks and spoken to the men who thrive on such methods, I was soon struck by how the essence of this type of fishing is not in fact monotony but variety.

Like a baseball pitcher or a bowler in cricket, the lure fisherman must constantly mix it up to succeed, from the point of delivery to the manner of the journey. Philip Monahan expounds on this theme for MidCurrent

“All you need to do to fish a streamer is cast quartering downstream and let it swing through the current. You don’t even have to strip the fly if you don’t want to. But of course, that’s not true. More than anything else, I think, it is this impoverished view of streamer fishing that keeps anglers from tying one on in a wider range of angling situations”

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