This morning, I walked to the Farmington’s banks with a bit more pep to my step: it was Articulated Day.
In my hand was my new 10′ Orvis Helios 3D seven-weight, and so fine did it feel. Articulated streamers were in my chest pack, and I was ready to rumble. It was to be my first time throwing articulated streamers.
The day required work.
I started off throwing a white Sex Dungeon, hoping to move fish and see where they were. I had a few grabs, but none stayed on. Perhaps, it was user error. Perhaps, it was small fish nipping at the tail of the streamer.
I switched to a smaller streamer, a Mini Sex Dungeon. Another grab. A buck brown showed itself. I forgot to strip set and instead raised the rod tip…and, the brown was off.
I tried to dupe it again, rested the stretch, and tried a third time. No deal. I now know where it lives.
I’m new to the Big Streamer Game and am making all sorts of rookie mistakes. But, that’s the point. I’m enjoying learning a new technique.
I then stalked some areas where fish are known to spawn. I spotted a pair of browns and left them alone. No redds, though, at least where I was.
Soon, I switched to a non-articulated fly, a go-to streamer in olive. Behind it, was a Grouse and Orange trailer. I figured a big fly and a small fly together could be a good combination. Plus, there was Caddis in the air.
My shoulder was sore by this point from all the casting and the rod action I was imparting during the retrieves. So, I fished the flies with a gentle swing, as one would a wet-fly tandem. Wouldn’t you know it, but some clean-looking browns started to show themselves. No giants, but I didn’t care.
The rest of the day was more of the same, except that I played around with three new poly leaders. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on three reel spools and three fly lines, and so, I purchased poly leaders with various sinking rates. They cast well and worked well.
I think becoming articulate at articulated streamers will take time. But, I’m OK with that. I’m willing to make the time.
I know they’re a strategy with a low-hit rate. I’m looking forward to the next rainy Saturday, as I hope to fish the streamers then.