Trouts Journal

GEAR GUIDE || Nine Picks for Fall Streamers

Ivan Orsic / Aug 12, 2020

It's August - there's no denying that. But, days are getting shorter and we can't help but think of fall colors, cooler temperatures, and rowdy fall brown trout looking for a big meal. That's right, it's almost time to break out the big sticks, the sinking line, the heavy tippet, and big articulated streamers. Don't let the fall streamer season sneak up on you this year. Be prepared.

With that in mind, we've put together a collection of gear that will help you get ready to toss streamers with reckless abandon.

Umpqua Baby Boat Box

Whether you're floating the Colorado or walk wading your favorite meadow stream, the Baby Boat Box is the perfect place to hold your arsenal of meaty morsels. Store your Gongas, your Sparkle Minnows, your Sex Dungeons, and good ole Wooly Buggers in a box that makes itself at home in a hip pack or a boat bag.

Sage Payload Fly Rod

If you're hucking streamers at undercut banks, a rod that makes casting big flies and heavy sinking lines easy, comfortable, and effortless is certainly a welcome addition to your quiver.

We're super impressed with how easily it casts big flies on heavy sinking lines. It's not designed to throw the tightest loop, instead, that softer butt section slowed my cast down and opened up the loops. There are certainly quite a few quality, high performing fly rods on the market that could make the same cast that I made with PAYLOAD, but there are very few that are easier to cast big flies and heavy fly lines. It was accurate, powerful enough to cut through Colorado wind, fought fish well, and was actually fun to cast. It's a worthy addition to your quiver if you like throwing big streamers in the Rockies!

Scientific Anglers Sonar Titan Int / Sink 3 / Sink 5 Fly Line

People often refer to throwing streamers as "chucking and ducking." But, that can be a thing of the past as we've seen an impressive evolution in sinking lines over the past couple of years. SA took one of our most popular tapers, the Titan, drenched it in various mixtures of tungsten powder, and created a triple-density sinking fly line that will absolutely change the way you fish streamers forever. This is a fully tapered sinking line, so it casts like a floater, but provides a straight-line sinking connection to your streamer. The days of chucking and ducking are finally over.

YETI Panga Backpack

Want to lug all of your angling valuables with you as you search for that fall streamer munching brown trout and keep them safe? The Panga is it.

Umpqua Deceiver X Tippet

If you're fishing streamers, you need to be fishing fluorocarbon for a variety of reasons. From increased abrasion resistance to ultra-low visibility, fluorocarbon is a must for all streamer fisherman. Enter the Deceiver X Tippet from Umpqua, with best-in-class knot-strength, abrasion resistance and ultra-low visibility, Deceiver X is the premium standard in fluorocarbon material. We've been digging this new tippet from Umpqua.

Ross Evolution R Fly Reel

Need to put the wood to a big streamer eating trout? Might we suggest the Ross Evolution R. Featuring industry-leading power-to-weight ratio in a fully sealed system, the Ross Evolution is a show stopper.

Rising 24" Lunker Net

If you're shooting for the moon, you need to be prepared with a net that can fit the moon. We love this USA Made, super durable, aluminum net. With a little extra reach and some extra room to put that fall trophy in the bag, the LUNKER net is a staff favorite.

Rep Your Water The Meat Hat

Gotta rep the meat if you wanna toss the meat.

Simms Blacks Ford Flannel Long Sleeve Shirt

Home on the range or in the river, this updated Western staple—Black's Ford Flannel Shirt—is the perfect fit anywhere anglers wander. The perfect weight for those crisp fall days. Buttons keep the look classic, while supple moisture-wicking fabric, 2 chest pockets, and a stretch-woven yoke keep the comfort and function coming.

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