Streamers are a broad category ranging from small skinny leeches to long, heavily-weighted, articulated (two hook) patterns.

What do streamers imitate?

Fish are opportunistic predators. Although bugs are the most prevalent food supply within their environment, that doesn't stop them from being on the lookout for bigger sources of protein. 💪🏽 Streamers can imitate leeches, baitfish, minnows, sculpins, crayfish, and even mice (see picture below). ⁣

When should I use streamers?

Generally, streamers are most reliable during abnormal conditions such as high/off color water, decreased light, or lower temperatures. However, trout will hit streamers during the middle of the day so never be afraid to try one out! Because streamers imitate a bigger source of protein, they are often favorited by anglers targeting bigger fish. When compared to other methods you probably won't catch as many fish, but you may catch that coveted trophy trout you've been after. It is also worth mentioning that trout are territorial. They may see your streamer come stripping by and attack it! 💥⁣


What streamer should I use? 

This all depends on what type of water you are fishing and the time of year. Obviously chucking a 6" streamer into the hole of a small high-mountain stream is likely going to spook every fish nearby. In that situation, it might be best to use a small size 8 Wooly Bugger.

If you are fishing a large river such as the Green here in Utah during the fall/winter, a large articulated streamer may be warranted. Use your judgement and observe your surroundings. If you are walking through a shallow spot in the river, watch for minnows or crayfish. If the minnows look dark in color and are 2-3" long, match that to a similar streamer in your pack.

If you are trying to catch trout on a streamer, shuffle through a variety of colors and sizes throughout the day. You never know what will work. There are plenty of tried-and-true options out there.

Check out some of our favorites below.