How to Fish a Streamer From a Boat

7 April 2017
Comments: 4
7 April 2017, Comments: 4

How to Fish a Streamer From a Boat

Our friends and partners, Simon Gawesworth with Rio Products, have been killing it lately with helpful and informative videos.  If you are planning a float trip with us this Spring on the Animas or Rio Grande, then this is one you will want to check out!  It is vitally important that you know how to fish a streamer from a boat.

Andy McKinley
Andy manages Duranglers Flies and Supplies online store and web content. When he is not plugging away in the basement of Duranglers, he can be found in the shop talking weird flies, throwing spey casts for few fish, eating pizza, drinking coffee, painting, and raising a family in Southwest Colorado.

His fly fishing writings have been published on blogs such as the Daily Drake and Simms Wading Room.

4 responses on “How to Fish a Streamer From a Boat

  1. Jane says:

    Thank you Andy- will be passing through South Fork next week for a few hours. Would you suggest a section to try some wade fishing? Gold Medal section?

    • Hello Jane,

      I would suggest you fish the Collier State Wildlife Area just up the river from South Fork. An easy section to wade fish. I hope that helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.


  2. ben abee says:

    what size streamers could you get by with using a mid/fast flex 5wt? I have been using a size 4 with a Rio Bass leader and have struggled a bit. Hoping to move into a 7-8 wt rod soon for Large Mouth and some salt water.


    • Hey Ben,

      Hook size won’t make as much difference as the actual weight of the fly and the bulk of the materials on it. A light size 4 streamer will be easier to cast than a heavy size 4. However, you could try fishing size 6 and 8 streamers to see if that helps. It also depends on the rod and if it has a fair amount of power. Modern fast action rods should be able to cast a size 4 streamer fine.

      A 7-8 weight rod will, however, be a much better rod for larger flies. Thanks and let us know if you have any other questions.


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