BINGE WORTHY. With the tying season underway, we talk tips for getting the best out of your streamers for next spring’s assault on your favorite pike, bass and trout waters.
Featured Photo: Flashy Flies. Large Streamers sit ready for deployment in a fly box. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 11/25 – Windy – Hi 37, Lo 33, Wind W@23, G33
Tomorrow: Tue 11/26 – Calm – Hi 33, Lo 28, Wind N@5
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
6:34AM 4:48PM 11:46AM Fol. Day
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (2% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:30-5:30PM. Deer movement and fish activity should be up around sunset as the new moon goes down in our Edge Hour along with the winds.
HI REZ. Make streamers visible and of high quality, using good hackles, bucktail and other materials like krystal flash and tinsel. Select the best feathers from each skin and take a few extra seconds to sort out any short hairs and underfur in a bucktail clump for the ideal wings and bodies on streamer flies.
DON’T OVERDO IT. Bucktail has a subtle pulse in the water and forms a fishlike body when wet as it is stripped back to shore or the boat. When overloaded on a hookshank, it can become bulky and less responsive. When tying flies that are mostly bucktail, like Clouser Minnows or black-nosed dace, think sparse and use just enough to form the illusion of a fish.
SPARKLE. Whether a believer or not, use UV-highlighted krystal flash or tinsel on one pattern, versus standard flash on another. Try both in the water and see if there’s a difference, the minor uptick in price (if any) may well be worth it.