03-05-2009, 10:28 AM
Re: What's your best striper fly?
I think you're right. Confidence is a big part of it, and for the most part Stripers don’t seem to be too picky. I fish for them a lot in SW around here. Probably caught mot of them on a simple 2/0 blue over white Deceiver. It’s usually the first fly out of the box.
The neat thing about deceivers is that you can tie them so many different ways- with bucktail instead of saddles for the tail, or reverse “hollow flye” style (tied in with tips of the bucktail forward then folded back to get a big profile that pushes a lot of water. I’ve had a lot of luck using all chartreuse deceivers in stained/murky water in harbors
We have a lot of different baitfish around here with different body profiles, so I tie up a bunch of different patterns:
Sandeels – a clouser imitates this well since they often burrow into the sand. It’s also a good searching fly. Surf candies too if there are a lot of bluefish around.
Silver sides- like the sandeel another long slim baitfish, The “Rays Fly” is an excellent pattern, and a very easy tie. Surf candies too for bluefish.
Menhaden- deep profile decivers are a good general imitation for the smaller ones, flatwings for bigger ones. Crease flies are fun for fishing on top.
Herring- These can be very big, Flatwings can be tied long, have great action in the water, and are pretty easy to cast. They’re also great dead drifted in current.
Mullet- these have a round body profile. They usually run out of the bays after the first cold snap in September. Often they will hug the shore along the surf, right in the wash, and you'll see stripers shooting through the curl of waves. They can literally be at your feet. It can be the best fishing of the year. During a "blitz" almost anything will work, but a Siliclone or Snake Fly (spun deer hair head) is a great imitation. The snake fly is my favorite for “v waking” across the surface at night during summer too in back bays.
Bay anchovies or “rain bait”- In October we get huge schools of small 2” baitfish. The bass are usually not too picky, but these huge schools also attract false albacore and bonito and they are. To imitate the baitfish, a small size 2 or hook, with just some white bucktail and a topping of brown hair from the “wrong” side of the bucktail about 2” long. I’ve caught a bunch of bass on this pattern when the anchovies are in.
May/June/July New and Full Moons- Stripers can be really picky. One the new and full moons when tide movement is strongest we get “hatches” of marine worms (cinder worms), juvenile crabs about the size of a nickel, and tons of grass shrimp. Unweighted woolly buggers, gurglers and small sparkle yarn crab patterns fishe 2 or 3 at a time on droppers can be good.
I mostly fish from shore, but a ½ and ½ can be very effective for deep channels and holes from a boat.
So I end up tying and using a lot of different patterns, but the deceiver is usually the first one to be called off the bench.
PS we have a SW fly swap starting up if anyone wants to jump in.