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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
"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
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma