Not on a streamer, yet
by Alan Luecke
(Kansas City, MO)
Red Shiner, spawning male
Red Shiners are the common local variety and I've caught a lot of them. But never a spawning male. I found a large school of them swarming around some Green Sunfish that appeared ready to spawn--everybody likes fish eggs.
The blue and red coloring is really exotic. It's easy to see why these are a popular aquarium fish among collectors.
I'm not sure there is a streamer fly small enough to catch one of these, but in the meantime I'm happy to finally have a picture of one of these beautiful fish. I used a size 24 Frenchy Nymph and my Soyokaze 27.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma