||Late April and early May are two of my absolute favorite times of the year to fish. The time between fishing for steelhead that aren't yet spawning to the Sulphur hatch is an underlooked time to fish. Crowds are gone, I'm floating rivers in search of Alpha Browns and 'Bows.
Anglers talk all the time about the thrill of a trout rising to a dry fly, I agree it's fun to see. Take a minute and imagine seeing a 20" brown attack a 6" streamer and you'll understand why this time of year gets my blood boiling. Yesterday on the Manistee near the flies only stretch I fished with Mike Connors and his brother Kevin. Mike is an experienced streamer fisherman. He rolled 4, hooked 3 and landed 1 19.5" brown trout. He saw every fish come to the fly and take a shot at it. Talk about visual! Mike saw something like 140"s of brown trout trying to eat his flies.
This is not a "how to discussion", so I won't go into that now. I am going to get out this winter and talk about catching salmon and steelhead on streamers. Check with your local club or flyshop as to when I'll be there. At that time I'll be educating anglers on how to catch big fish with streamers. In the meantime get a 200 grain sink tip, a selection of big streamers ( I suggest Hawk's Sculpin, Mad Pups, T&A Bunkers, Mc Cune's Sculpin, Fat Heads, Peanuts etc) and go find some dark water. You'll find big fish. If you want a little hands on education call and book one of our guides. They are all experts at this, it's how we get the big ones.