Post by getlinewet on Sept 14, 2014 16:16:52 GMT -5
I used to love to fly fish. Tied my own flies, and really got into the sport. I even have a bamboo fly rod I inherited from my grandfather. I can't imagine what fun it would be to catch a big striper on a fly rod rig.
Question to green monster: do you use a sinking or floating line when you're fly fishing for stripers on SML. Also, please describe the fly/lure/popper/bucktail etc. you would suggest for stripers.
Post by greenmonster on Sept 15, 2014 6:25:50 GMT -5
Thanks all, will continue to post in the various sections then. Getlinewet, a lot depends on the time of year and the water I am fishing. If I had to use only one line it would be an intermediate sinking line, but if you can, use all three types (floating, sinking, sink tip). Floating is great for poppers, sink tip is great for bass on shorelines that are not vertical (25 ft deep at when the boat is positioned at your max thowing distance is my rule of thumb). Sinking is my winter time go to line. I will find fish in the middle and blindcast and drift. Lots of casting, but I rarely have a day without putting a fish or two in the boat.
You will want a 9 wt, I dont think more, and you can get by with a beefy 8wt, but 9 is about perfect. Flies depend on line and location but remember what you are immitating - shad and ales. Gamechangers will wear you out throwing them but would be a go too fly. I will post some pics shortly.
Most of the time I'm throwing either a 450 grain sink tip line or an intermediate line. I stick with a 10 wt. My first striper on SML was actually I on a game changer style fly. I do like the game changer and do throw those occasionally, but I usually like a big 6/0 deceiver style fly. Being disadvantaged throwing a fly compared to trolling or using gear, I want something that will push a lot of water and get a stripers attention. At least that is my rationale behind it.
Here are some of the flies I tie and throw on SML. (some of these are musky flies in the picture and not so much striper flies)