In Algoma Country, you have a lot of great fishing opportunities on a fly. One of the best fly patterns you can use is a streamer. Streamers work with smallmouth bass, brook trout, steelhead, lake trout and even northern pike.
Here are some tips to consider when using streamers in Algoma:
For brook trout, try using black, white and olive streamers that have the silhouette of sculpin. Sculpins are a favourite food source for trout and swinging one of the common sculpin patterns like Zoo Cougars will entice explosive strikes.
Northern pike love eating perch, walleye and whitefish. Try using large streamers (6 to 10 inches) that have the colouration of these sources of food. Full-sinking lines in 9 or 10 weight are ideal for pike and getting these streamers down in the water column.
Right after ice-out, lake trout are on the prowl for food in water depths of 3 to 10 feet. Casting streamers in white, black, or purple with either a full sinking, the intermediate fly line is a great way to trigger a bite. Once you hook into a lake trout – hang on, this will be a significant battle of tug-of-war!
Steelhead are very aggressive when they come into rivers searching for food, or post-spawn. Black streamers such as woolly buggers and especially Black Matukas are very deadly. Swing the flies near or by where steelhead lie and hang on! The strikes will nearly jolt the rod out of your arm!
Smallmouth bass eat lots of minnows and smelt, especially in the spring and fall. Try using intermediate lines married to fly patterns like Scotty’s McFly, the Gamechanger, or even the Grey Ghost to trigger strikes. Sizes should be 2 to 8. White is the number one choice in colours.
Whenever you come to Algoma, no matter what season, ensure you bring a number of streamers in your fly box. With a vast array of species and fishing opportunities available here, you are sure to hook into a trophy fish with a streamer.