Tag Archives: streamers

Video: How to Tie the Soft Hackle Streamer


Written by: Phil Monahan

The lifelike movement of the Chickabou and soft hackle feathers attracts all manner of fishes.

Of his Soft Hackle Streamer, Jack Gartside wrote that it was his favorite small streamer for all species of fish, in salt or fresh water. An enemy or orthodoxy of any kind, he was adamant that. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Get the Most Out of Your Streamers


Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis rod designer Shawn Combs is a streamer fanatic.
Photo by Jim Logan

Because I fish mostly in the Northeast—where over the course of a season nymphs and streamers surely catch more large fish than dry flies do—I am loath to fish anything but surface patterns when I’m out West. Don’t get me wrong: I’m no dry-flies-upstream-only purist. It’s just that. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Picket Pin


Written by: Phil Monahan

This variation features a beard and leaves off the ostrich-herl collar

The Picket Pin was developed by Missoula, Montana-based fly tier (and saloon owner) Jack Boehme, whose career spanned the 1910s to the ’40s. He was pals and partners with Norman Means, who created the Bunyan Bug, of A River Runs Through It fame. The original Picket Pin featured a. . .

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Pro Tips: 10 Tips for Fall Streamer Fishing

Written by Drew Price


The author with a fine autumn brown trout that he stalked and caught on a streamer.
All photos courtesy Drew Price

It’s the season to get into some really big wild brown trout. They are setting up for the spawn right now, and this is some of my favorite fishing of the entire year. If you do things right, you could land the biggest trout of your life, so here are. . .

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Photos of the Day: Product-Testing Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

This slob brown found Shawn Combs’s new streamer very attractive.
Photo by Jim Logan

How do we choose which flies to carry in the Orvis catalog? We test them out, of course. Product developer Shawn Brillon is the man in charge of flies, but he often asks others to do the “dirty work.” Here are a couple of shots taken over the weekend by. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Black Ghost Marabou Streamer


Written by: Phil Monahan

The addition of marabou gives this fly more lifelike action than the Carrie Stevens’s pattern.

I cut my teeth fly-fishing on Maine’s Rapid River for landlocked salmon and brook trout, and it was on that steep, tumbling freestoner that I first fell in love with traditional streamer patterns. Of course, the Rapid begins at Middle Dam, just a lake’s length from Upper Dam, the spot where Carrie Stevens invented her famous. . .

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