We have a new selection of Barbless Streamers, especially tied for rivers (they are also good for lake/reservoir or even inshore salt-water fishing), ideally targeting those larger fish in the river who predate on fry (including those big elusive browns!). A streamer is a lure that usually represents a minnow/fry, which is present in both rivers and stillwaters from July/August onwards. They particularly come into their own for rivers in September, and for stillwaters from September to December. To a trout these patterns seem very much alive when any action is imparted to them - therefore these are fished quite actively (try twitching them down and across through any deep holes!).
These streamers are available individually in sizes 4 & 6, and the following colours:
How to fish them:
High Water - When the rivers are running higher than normal or coloured, try running a streamer through the back eddies. Keep out of the main flow, and think like a minnow! Also try dead drifting the streamer downstream, then retrieve it back (across the flow) with the odd twitch.
Low Light Conditions - With trout feeding more confidently in low light conditions, try a streamer after the evening rise has finished. You will be surprised and what you can catch (even in just a few inches of water). Concentrate on fishing the tails of pools and shallower riffles. It's also worthwhile pulling a streamer through any flat water just as nightfall starts, again, trout are a lot more confident after dusk.