Re: Speed Stripping
Posted by j. Steve "gooch" Iriguchi on 2014-02-15 21:36:50
in reply to Re: Speed Stripping posted by Dan Blanton on 2014-02-13 17:40:58
I am a big proponent if speed stripping. I don't think anyone I know fishes as fast as I do with a fly. (When it is appropriate!) In fact virtually every one of my biggest fish caught with a fly has come speed stripping BIG streamers. Last year especially, at Crowley , It was the difference that made last year the best ever for me in the Eastern Sierra. I am sure it is part of my up bringing in conventional lure fishing and especially my lifelong pursuit of the LMB. But, that being said it is also a direct reflection of my personality and my fishing philosophy. I am a bit impatient, but more importantly, I strongly believe that in ANY given situation there is a certain percentage of fish that are, for whatever reason, more aggressive and "wired up". Or, that given the right stimulus, ANY fish can be made to bite, and bite aggressively. I have seen it time and time again. These are the fish I pursue.
Now, to be more specific about my technique I have to say that, the most important thing about speed stripping is combining the fastest strip you are physically capable of, with "The Stall!" 99% of my bites (takes) come during that short (2 - 10 second ) stall between my three or five furious, arms length, strips.
Finally, speed stripping is not a typical technique. In my experience it is valid for just a few moments a day, sometimes only a few seconds. There are a myriad of circumstances that have to come together at once to make it affective. The great challenge is knowing when, and how to put it to it's best use.
I love speed stripping. Aside from topwater, I think it is the most exciting way to pursue a fish.
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