The Zonker streamer has been around since the mid 1970s, when Colorado fly-shop owner Dan Byford came up with the pattern, based on some unconventional streamers coming out of New Zealand at the time. Like many streamers, the Zonker can be tied in a. . .
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. . .
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. . .
Written by 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. . .
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. . .
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. . .
Here’s a cool video from Dave Brown Outfitters that celebrates chucking meat for big trout. Fishing streamers from a drift boat is one of my favorite pastimes in spring and fall.
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With Opening Day right around the corner in much of the country, and many rivers high from snow runoff, there will be a lot of opportunities to fish streamers. Knowing when to use these large subsurface patterns, as well as how to choose from the wide array of choices, can be baffling for those not accustomed to streamers. So here are. . .