The Fisherman

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  1. Very respectfully, I was using a sinking line long before you ever started fly fishing. In fact I used one on my last outing. You're entitled to your opinion, but I catch hundreds of stripers every year, many of them large, on a floating line, in all kinds of places and conditions. Steve Culton
  2. Hi Bigfish. You can buy the best intermediate line in the world, and it will still be a poor choice for achieving depth, especially in current. If getting deep is your goal, a floating line with a longer leader, or a full sink line with a shorter leader are better choices. I'd also place an emphasis on "can be." Understand that none of us have seen where you're fishing, so it's hard to armchair QB these situations. Just for perspective, I fly fish from the shore, and of the dozens of stripers I caught last year over 28", all of them took close to the surface. Depth may or may not be key. But there's one way to find out. Careful. Bigger flies are indeed a way to cull smaller fish -- it's called the protein payoff -- but that doesn't mean bigger bass won't eat smaller flies. One of the biggest, fattest stripers I ever caught came on a sand eel that was under 5". Again, one way to find out. Nothing beats time on the water. Experiment, play around, test theories, and have fun with the puzzle. Steve Culton
  3. Hang in there, friend. We're all looking forward to that snook shot! Steve Culton
  4. No worries on the name. I thought it was funny (in a good way). :-) First, I'm glad that you're interested in flatwings. I'm happy to help. Some of your questions have no one good answer. For example, you can strip a flatwing in to your heart's content. But, like beer that isn't consumed, the fly has missed its purpose. I fish a 10" Rock Island differently than I fish a 4.5" Big Eelie, and I fish both differently than I fish an Orange Ruthless clam worm. There's no one way. Flatwings shine in traditional presentations like greased line swings and dangles. Always ask yourself these questions: What is the bait? How are the stripers eating it? What do I have in my box that resembles the bait in terms of size, color and profile? How can I present my fly to behave like the naturals? Therein are the answers you seek. A properly tied flatwing (that includes selecting the right hook) is not prone to fouling. I would never use the hook you're using for a flatwing. It's too heavy and out of balance. btw, I am constantly checking my hook points, whenever and wherever I'm fishing. I do not find it disturbing, but rather, reassuring. I know I'm not going to lose a good fish to a compromised hook point. Anyone who's seen my original "Little Things" presentation will tell you a sharp hook is point #1. By all means, tweak away. But you should be prepared for (and embrace) failure. Michael Jordan missed thousands of shots in his career. As others have pointed out, it's hard to give useful information about a fly that I haven't seen in person. Similarly, I can't speak to what you think your flatwing's action should be. The ones I tie swim and wiggle and create the illusion of life. You've seen my big fish pictures on this site. All those bass thought the fly looked alive and like something good to eat. Lastly, I want to return to impressionism. Flatwings are impressionistic, not trompe l'oiel. Sometimes they are caricatures. If you want to get into specifics like eyes and fins and scales, that's just not the flatwing energy. Hope that helps, Steve Culton
  5. Culton here. Should I call you Green? :-) So. The objective big picture is: welcome to fly pattern prototyping. I may go through many versions of a fly before I get it where I like it. Different colors, proportions, materials -- all of these are variables to contend with. Rather than fighting it, embrace going back to the drawing board. When you say, "these flies," are you talking about flatwings? It depends on many things such as: what bait are you copying, how is that bait behaving, how are the fish feeding on it, what size fish are you targeting, etc. I tend to do lot of greased line swings with flatwings, and precious little rip-and-strip if that helps. There's a certain channel in RI where I like to fish squid flies -- it's a greased line swing, then a dangle along the edge of the channel -- perhaps a couple pop strips, but mostly dangle and then a hand twist retrieve. Hooks matter. If it were me, I would be using the Eagle Claw 253. Good luck with your project, and I hope this helped. Ken takes a highly impressionistic approach to his squid flies, hence no eyes, which have always done a better job of catching anglers than fish. Most of his flies tend to be sparse; an exception is the Banana Squid. But there are sparse elements, such as the bucktail veil. This fly moves and pulses and breathes in the current, creating a wonderful illusion of life. (And a much different profile when wet.) Steve Culton
  6. Yes. Delicious. Steve Culton
  7. EFF has been around for a long time. Yes, I wrote it. One coming on the Farmington in the same pub later this year. :-) Steve Culton
  8. That's a question you'd have to ask them. The url is on the cover photo. :-) Steve Culton
  9. For those interested in this trout/smallmouth fishery, there's a new article in the current (March/April 2019) issue of Eastern Fly Fly Fishing. :-) Steve Culton
  10. There's absolutely no reason for you to abandon that -- nor is there any compelling reason for you to become an "armpit angler" by default. Steve Culton
  11. Several years ago I wrote a piece for the now-defunct Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Journal titled "Ten Things You Should Know About Nighttime Fly Fishing For Big Trout." Much of it applies to stripers or night fishing in general. You can find it online if you do a search. :-) Steve Culton
  12. Legal in FW in multiple states, and fouls far less trout/salmon than Euro-type rigs. Hard to imagine trying snag a fish with a single BB shot. Steve Culton
  13. My first suggestion is to try another method of rigging, specifically drop shot. Do a web search for "drop shot nymph rig" and you'll find plenty of diagrams. With drop shot, your weight is on the bottom, and your point fly is 6" off the bottom, right where it should be. Using the 1.5-2x distance formula, measure it from indicator to the bottom-most element, in this case (drop shot) the weight. I'm not sure what kind of indicator you're using, but if it's going under a lot, you're either hooking up and missing strikes (look for a reason to set the hook on every drift!) or you're using way too much weight. Learn your indicator's nuances so that you can tell bottom return from hookups. If you're not hooking up and your indicator isn't going down every 10 casts or so, you're fishing too shallow or with insufficient weight. Hope that helps, Steve Culton
  14. Oops. Forgot the Skinny Mack, too. A little sparser with 3 feathers. Steve Culton
  15. Go get 'em, Dan. Steve Culton