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Not on a streamer, yet

by Alan Luecke
(Kansas City, MO)

Red Shiner, spawning male

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.

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Jun 10, 2016
Try a size 26 white Killer Bugger
by: Chris Stewart

Alan, Coach and I caught a lot of micros on size 20 and 26 Black Killer Buggers for the Killer Bugger challenge. A White Killer Bugger is a legal fly for the Streamer Challenge. It should work.

Jun 16, 2016
by: ben

You can always tie a streamer pattern on a small hook. Small streamer patterns exist. But when I'm fishing steamers that small it's usually just a nymph worked as if it's a streamer.

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