Fly Fishing Streamers

Double Streamer Rigs & Tippet Rings

As with all aspects of fly fishing, there are dozens of theories on how to properly fish with streamers. How big? How much weight? Short strips? Fish down and across? What kind of fly line should you use? Those decisions are yours to make, but I will suggest a slight variation on your streamer rig that has proven to be very effective at catching trout.

Recently, there seems to be a trend towards using bigger, articulated, gnarly streamers. I’m sure they work, but if you’d like to cast rather than hurl your fly – and catch big aggressive trout – read on…

The double streamer rig is a great alternative to big streamers. You might be thinking “Wouldn’t two streamers be more difficult to cast than one?” The trick is to use a smaller streamer behind a dace fly.

The black-nose dace is a classic fly that has been around forever. It’s small, light, and versatile – perfect for the leading streamer in our double streamer rig:


The trailing streamer shown here is the Masked Bandit – a deadly pattern – tied by Bob Reece. It’s small, has no added weight, easy to cast, and sinks at the perfect rate. When fishing the double streamer rig, be sure that your trailing fly is the larger of the two. This creates the illusion that a larger baitfish is chasing a smaller one (presumably preying on it). Trout will see this commotion and pounce on the opportunity to turn predator into prey.

Avoid tying the larger streamer onto the hook bend of the dace fly. Allow both flies to move freely by using this tippet ring setup:


To minimize the number of knots you need to tie, try leaving a long tag end when tying your tippet onto the tippet ring. Use this tag end to tie on the dace. Keep it as close to the tippet ring as possible to avoid tangles in your line and tippet. The tippet ring above is enlarged for detail. Notice how the tag end points outward perpendicular to the standing line, this also helps you avoid tangles.

The double streamer rig is effective on large rivers and on small streams. The gorgeous brown trout pictured below was caught on the larger streamer in a double streamer rig at Spruce Creek.


Visit Trout Haven’s Spruce Creek webpage to learn more about this world-class fishery.

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