Streamer Fly Patterns

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Streamer Fly Patterns

Phil Rowley's Favourite Fly Fishing Patterns.

Dan Byford’s famous Zonker design is one of the streamer fly patterns that has endured the test of time proving itself not only on trout but other species too.

Archive of Streamer Fly Patterns


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Learn about the Bugs

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Belonging to the order Hemiptera or water bugs, backswimmer species number just over 30 across North American lakes, ponds and slower stretches of rivers and streams.

Within the 22 caddis families found across the continent lies a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and most importantly behaviours. All seem intended on driving fly fishers nuts.

The Dipteran order have been buzzing around for 200 million years, evolving into one of the largest and most diverse of all insect orders, with over 3500 species in North America alone.

OK, it’s not a bug! But it is a food source. Relatives of the lobster, crayfish are widespread across North America, from fast flowing streams to lakes, ponds and sloughs.

With a lineage tracing backing to the beginning of recorded time damselflies have been a stillwater or slow moving stream staple for thousands of years.

With fossils dating back 200 million years, dragonflies are amongst the oldest insects on our planet. Although still considered large today, prehistoric dragonflies were brutes.

Over 650 species worldwide, with more than 60 in North American marine and freshwater environments including, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, bogs and swamps.

For many fly fishers, particularly on rivers and streams, mayflies are the most important insect, often forming over 50% of the trout’s dietary intake on mayfly rich flowing waters.

Scuds are prevalent in lakes, ponds and running water such as spring creeks and tailwaters. On stillwaters, scuds can be the most important food item year round.

To the river fly fisher stoneflies are what leeches, scuds and dragons are to the stillwater angler, a staple food source.

Water Boatmen are widespread and common inhabitants of lakes, ponds and slow moving stretches of rivers and streams throughout North America.