Streamer Flies

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Streamers are bigger flies that you fish on an active retrieve, and imitate baitfish, crayfish, leeches, and large aquatic insects like hellgrammites. Streamers are the fly-fishing equivalent of conventional lures.

Streamers are considered a fly category unto themselves, separate from wet and dry flies. 

Streamers should be weighted if you’re trying to get them deeper in the water column, but they often work perfectly unweighted. Weighted streamers are harder to cast and often look less natural in the water, especially if the weight is unbalanced.

An articulated streamer is segmented to present a more realistic swimming motion with the tail half moving separately from the head half.

Effective Streamer Patterns for Fly Fishing

Our selection of fly-fishing streamer patterns includes Woolly Buggers, Muddler Minnows, Sculpins, Crayfish, and many others ideal for hooking elusive fish. These fly-fishing streamers are perfect for targeting aggressive trout lurking in undercut banks as well as for pulling big bass out of weed beds. Tie on a Freshwater Clouser for a proven trout streamer or have some big fun with the irresistible Tungsten Jig Bugger. Our Essential Trout Fly Collection includes multiples of several of our most effective streamer recipes. Fly fishing with streamers covers a lot of water in a short period of time, so streamer fishing tends to pull out bigger fish eager to eat large flies. These streamer patterns are effective for the angler casting to trout, bass, pike, musky, salmon, steelhead, and panfish. Explore our fly-fishing streamers and find realistic patterns for your next fishing adventure.