09-24-2010, 11:39 PM
Re: Fly size
Josh- if this question is for your new 9 weight and SA sinking line for chasing stripers up here in the NE...
Some things that might help--
-short leader- with your sinking SA Mastery line, just a straight shot of 3-4' of 20lb test should probably be fine.
-fish out every cast, they can be in surprisingly close, you don't necessarily need to reach the horizon
- cast up current if there's a side sweep rather than straight out, and let your fly swing in the current, after you fish out the cast, take a few steps down current and repeat. It's a good way to cover a lot of water, especially of there is no obvious structure
- if you fish a point of land, or an area around an inlet, you often have options for fishing with respect to wind-- (by moving to the inside of an inlet, or around a point to get it off your right shoulder for instance)
-- keep in mind too that the same wind that's blowing into your teeth and giving you fits just might be blowing bait right onto the beach and bbass and/or bluefish literally right at your feet
-with wind in your face, sometimes casting side arm (on a horizontal plane) can get you under the wind
Resist the natural temptation to try and muscle out more powerful casts in an effort to get distance, and instead work on smooth acceleration in your stroke, hard stops at the end of the basic and forward strokes and use the natural flex of the rod and timing to do most of the work, using a minimum of false casts. You should be trying to shoot line rather than carry a mile of it in the air on false casts. And no matter how far out you're casting, fish out every cast as if you're expecting something to whack it--- it really does seem to make a difference.
Over time some casting instruction will definitely help--
Mark Sedotti from Larchmont, NY does casting demos at the various fishing shows and routinely throws a very heavily dressed 20" long bunker fly (menhaden imitation) over 100' with a 7 weight.
Last edited by peregrines; 09-25-2010 at 08:09 PM.