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  1. General rule - heavier fly, shorter leader. And heavier or stiffer leader. You’re not going to have a delicate presentation with a clouser in any case. I would go with a 7’ 20 lb leader, tapered or straight shot. Stripers are generally not leader shy even on the flats. Splash of the clouser hitting the water, and lining the fish are bigger risks of spooking the fish than 7’ leader being too short, in my opinion. its crazy that you’re taking shots at 60-80’. Hard to even see them at that distance.
  2. On an open sand beach, what is considered "deep" vis-a-vis floating vs intermediate? Out at the end of my cast, 60-80 feet on average, the water depth is typically around 4 feet. I would consider 6 feet or more to be "deep". Inside a sandbar where I'm often casting the trough is usually 4 feet or less. I'm not wading far, usually standing in ankle-to-knee-deep wash. Long Island south shore ocean beaches.
  3. Looking for the stream: Sometimes you can see the foam on the surface in the trough moving with the current. If you cast your line straight out from the beach and retrieve slowly it will be pulled downstream by the current if there is one, easy to see with a fly line, not so much with mono. Sometimes there's no current in front of you, but there may be a good one 50 or 500 yards down the beach. Usually the soft structure (sand bars and cuts) combined with the wave action create the current on an open beach. Do a search on YouTube for Reading the Beach, lots of good videos.
  4. More specific on mending: With a sideshore current running parallel to the beach, typically in the trough between sandbar and beach, mend to get a drag-free drift of the fly, same as you would when fishing a trout stream. If there's a cut in the bar and an outgoing rip current through the cut, mend for the drag-free drift through the trough, then feed line into the drift as your fly gets sucked into the rip current.
  5. 2 common mends - over the incoming waves as you experienced. And when there's a sideshore current (parallel to the beach), your water moving "across" the fisherman. Same issues as in a trout stream on the water moving across. If there's no moving water (sideshore), keep walking til you find some. Find the little stream in the big ocean.
  6. No. Oceanfront surf. Usually inside sandbar structure, or in front of a cut.
  7. I'm from the Kenney Abrames/Ray Bonderew school of floating lines in the surf. A floating line is all I use in the surf, I fish mostly ocean sandy beaches, some rocky beaches. Floater allows you to mend over the waves. Don't know how you would mend an intermediate line thats sunk under the water, even with a floating running line. Most ocean beaches aren't very deep out at the end of a 60-80 foot cast. A clouser on a 7 ft leader will get down near bottom with a floating line if you throw in a mend or two to allow it to sink before the sideshore current pulling on the fly line starts dragging the leader and fly. A floating line also allows you to dead drift a fly without current drag with a series of mends, and to use the Greased Line Swing salmon fishing technique which also employs dead drifting the fly. Read these if you want to learn more about floating lines in the surf: Striper Moon by Kenney Abrames (he's a creative independent minded fisherman and writer), Stripers and Streamers by Ray Bonderew, and Greased Line Fishing for Salmon [and Steelhead] by Jock Scott. Steve Culton wrote a nice article a few years ago about using the Greased Line Swing for stripers, its available on his currentseams website (greased line = floating line). I'm sure the guys with intermediate lines can catch fish in the surf too. Never tried it so I don't know.
  8. When the fish runs below you, slowly feed slack into the current so that the line bellies in the current downstream of the fish, also while keeping your rod tip in the water (so that all of the line outside the rod tip is under water). The current will keep tension on the line so hook won’t come loose. And the fish will feel the line pulling from downstream, so he should move against the tension back up into the pool. When he’s back in the pool slowly reel up the line belly so you can fight him on a direct line.
  9. I use non-slip mono loop knot at both ends of the tippet. It’s a stronger knot than the double surgeons loop knot (test it yourself if you’re doubtful). if you want the tippet to break at the fly rather than at the leader end, use non-slip loop knot at leader end and surgeons loop at fly end.
  10. I used the Theraband Flexbar during DIY physical therapy for casting elbow/tennis elbow tendonitis. My tendonitis was caused by overdoing yard work. I still use it for keeping forearms strong, which keeps the tendonitis away. Flexbars are color coded based on resistance levels, start with the lighter versions - yellow or red - you'll get better range of motion with lower resistance, especially when you're injured.
  11. Great advice from charliestriper on the Rio Outbound Short. I use the Outbound Short Floater 9 wt on a 9wt rod for most of my fishing in the surf, and it was very useful for learning to cast due to the shorter head length. I use an Airflow Ridge Striper Intermediate line with a 40 foot head now for practice, but it took me a long time before I could handle 40 feet of line in the air.
  12. George Roberts' book Master the Cast was great for me as a beginner. He's the best on fundamentals. I second the indoor practice suggestions. Here's my casting practice routine, it's evolved over the years. I started in 2011, my practice list back then was more basic. Items were added in recent years as I've improved. KISS is important when starting out. I do 10 reps of each item. First casting with right hand then with left hand. Pickup and laydown cast, without using line hand Roll cast, without line hand False cast, without line hand False cast with double haul. Change tempo, speed up and slow down. Speed comes from haul hand. Pickup and laydown cast with double haul False cast twice with double haul and shoot Drift and shoot line into final backcast with double haul False cast with full 40 foot head outside the rod tip (Carry long line) Curve cast Reach cast/aerial mend - mend in both directions - 5x to left, 5x to right Target practice aiming for spots on the lawn Pickup and laydown with focus on forming tight loops False cast with double haul with eyes closed Make up your own list that's appropriate for your current skill level. I didn't even try to double haul until the end of my first season. Don't do any single item for more than 10 minutes, 5 minutes is better. 10 minutes will tire you out, you will lose focus and your form will break down. By then you're getting no benefit and just wasting time, and wearing out your joints. First couple of outings in the spring limit your total practice session to 20-30 minutes. Even when in midseason shape never go over 1 hour for the whole session. If wrist, elbow and/or shoulder are sore afterwards you are applying too much power. Pay attention to that signal. Let the rod do the work. Remember line speed should come from your haul hand, not your rod hand. Relax and slow down. Easier said than done. Relaxing is hard to do. Watch videos of casting instructors on YouTube - notice how relaxed their casting is. Good luck.
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