Step 3: Bigger Can Be Better
If you fish a large river, one too big to cover any stretch of water from a single casting position, the largest trout of the year become possible. Choose a line that will take your streamer right to the bottom. Use a Cortland Quick Descent 175, a Teeney 200, or similar line on a rod strong enough to propel it, meaning a 7- or 8-weight. Stub the 1X leader to 4 to 6 feet, and use heavily weighted size 2, 4, and 6 streamers in either swimming or bottom-bouncing styles.