Kelly Galloup with a Rim Shoals streamer brown _ Davy Wotton image
In the business today, there are a lot of people tying streamers, but they’re just not testing them enough. I don’t just sit down and build something at random. I don’t tie a fly and put it on Facebook. I tie a fly and fish it for a year and refine it. _ Kelly Galloup: Midcurrent.com
LAZING on the couch Sunday night recovering from the Streamer Lovefest, I stumbled across a neat interview with Streamer Doyen Kelly Galloup on Midcurrent.com. Galloup is working on a new book, Streamers II, the sequel to the groundbreaking Modern Flies for Trophy Trout.
His thoughts on fly design rang home: with 10 tyers in town for the Lovefest, streamer design, hydrodynamics, materials, hook placement and the way trout eat has been at the forefront of every conversation for the past week. I have to say watching Chad Johnson & Blane Chocklett, two of the most innovative tyers I know, sitting around Chad’s table yarning and tying and scheming last week was pretty cool.
Then there is the basic rule: swim those flies. I spent a very cool day with Rainy’s rep Steve Seaton Monday on the water, which basically became a fly testing day where we ran through a host of new streamers coming onto the market from a number of companies, plus flies we fish here from Chad Johnson, Tommy Lynch, Alex Lafkas, Mike Schmidt, Chris Willen and myself. We messed with retrieves, and various presentations, seeing how the flies would react.
I can tell you we will probably cut a few new patterns on the basis, and add some others. There is no substitute for water time, and streamer season on the White is pretty unforgiving on flies that don’t swim how we want them.
There are some ridiculously good streamer tyers around this place, and what separates them from regular tyers isn’t how they wrap a hook _ rather it is the sheer volume of water time testing and tinkering, and always questioning. It makes it pretty fun & also it means when you book one of our streamer trips, you get to fish some seriously cutting edge flies _ even if you might not get to leave with them.