When To Use Streamers And What They Imitate (2 of 13)
Streamers are often thought of as bait fish invitations, and we think that's certainly why fish take the most of the time, but there are other creatures that live in trout waters like crayfish, leeches, and even large aquatic insect larvae like giant stoneflies and hellgrammites. Trout probably mistake streamers for these creatures as well, but perhaps trout just take streamers out of reflex because they look like a big juicy bite trying to get away. In other words, a lure. Streamers are effective on trout for the same reasons they eat spinning lures. It's also possible that trout eat streamers because of territoriality or during spawning season because streamers look like something that might try to eat their eggs. Whatever the reason, streamers are just plain fun to fish and are the most active method of trout fishing and the closest to using lures with conventional tackle.