I love catching trout on dries but have learned that conditions may not always be right for that type of fishing. Too many times I just didn't fish due to high off color water when I could have fished and caught something.
I really don't like nymphing (third choice, just not good at it) either and hate bringing a 6wt with sinking lines just to cast a streamer so I came up with this....
This is a small weighted streamer you can cast with a 4wt or 5wt if you lob it a bit. It is nothing new and some might say it is pretty close to a Wolley Bugger but it is easier to tie and I think it works better. Short strips in high or off color water have saved the day for me many times and I have caught some nice small mouth on it as well.
I use it on a 1x-2x tippet in varying lengths, depending on the water depth.
Hook-size 6 or 8 streamer hook Lead- wrapped 1/3 to eye
Tail and body- one marabou feather and a few strands of crystal flash
Rib- none or silver tinsel
Wing- Tip of marabou feather
Head- copper or black bead
Thread- Black flat waxed or preferred
You use one marabou feather to make the tail and body. Just tie in the feather so the tips are the tail and wrap the feather(after twisting a bit) around the hook to make the body.
Use less flash for clear water, and it seems the black works best in chalky water and as its getting dark.