My favorite streamer presentation and my best trick for convincing trout to eat a streamer now has a companion video.
I first wrote of the Head Flip almost five years ago. Since then I’ve shared this with many friends, and we’ve talked about the tactic on the Troutbitten Podcast. But what seems like a simple enough tactic — changing the head angle of the streamer — can get a little complicated once your feet are in the water.
The head flip helps seal the deal on tough trout that won’t commit, and it’s a great look for almost any streamer — big, small, heavy or light. It’s a presentation that I use every day, because it works in so many situations.
Watch the video, then read below for more tips.
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A Few More Points
The 2018 article holds all the information you need, so I won’t revisit much of that here.
But here are a few more things to consider, regarding the Head Flip:
— The video above shows the streamer just under the surface, so you can see it. But the Head Flip can and should be performed at all levels. A deep flip, right near the riverbed and around a rock can be deadly.
— Trout absolutely do know where the head of a streamer is. And manipulation to our streamer always starts with the head, as that’s where we attach the hook. Honorable mention goes to the crayfish, which lives life backward. However, but the same principles apply here. We flip a cray pattern the same way.
— The Head Flip often does bring the fly toward you a bit, especially on a tight line rig. But it does not bring it across seams or downstream or up through the column like a strip, jerk or a jig.
— Head Flips can be fast or slow. Try everything.
— The double flip introduces a touch of slack on that second flip. And if your fly is weighted, it falls a bit with that slack. BAM! I get a lot of hits right there.
— Use the Head Flip, and mix it in with your other presentations. Strip, strip, pause, head flip, strip, lane change, speed lead. Recast. That’s a good drift!
— I purposely left out much talk about rigs in the video, because for streamer presentations, many leader systems can work. We fish streamers most often under tension, and you can impart that motion to the fly and manage the tension effectively in a variety of ways. The Mono Rig works exceptionally well for the Head Flip. But don’t let that limit your imagination.
Fish hard, friends.
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