By Justin Pickett
We all have to deal with rejection, but not from a fish.
Undoubtedly, there have been numerous occasions where you’ve been stripping streamers and had that big brown trout emerge from the bank, only to give your streamer a curious look and then give you the fin. This scenario is exciting, but in the end all you have is an empty net. So what can you do about it? Throw a little extra meat into the equation!
Now, I’m not talking about tying on two huge articulated streamers. That would be insane and something that I would never do!…. OK maybe I did it once…
Next time you’re throwing big, meaty streamers and getting refusals, try tying a smaller streamer, or even a nymph, off of the back of your rig. It’s like a little snack. That big streamer might have been enough to move that pig from his lie, but sometimes it’s the trailing fly that makes him eat. Try a woolly bugger, a muddler minnow, or a stonefly nymph. Heck, you might even try drowning a stimi behind it, wink wink. Have fun with it and experiment!
This can get tricky with articulated patterns, so be sure to tie on something considerably smaller so that it doesn’t affect the action too much. I typically don’t go larger than a #8 or #10 behind my biggest streamers. When casting these combo rigs, remember to open up those loops and be aware of the all mighty wind!
I hope this helps next time you encounter those non-committal trout on your waters!