Re: Speed Stripping
Posted by Dan Blanton on 2014-02-16 11:59:18
in reply to Re: Speed Stripping posted by j. Steve "gooch" Iriguchi on 2014-02-15 21:36:50
Good stuff! I try to ascertain through repetition what retrieve or combinations of retrieves produce the most consistent results. Nothing is etched in granite and there is always something that rings their bell louder. Like you, I always incorporate a few "stop and drops" in my retrieve regardless of its speed. Most often the eat is on the pause or drop or on the first pull after the drop.
Of course if I can see the fish following the fly I try to tease it into striking if they don't just stomp it on sight.
I also adjust my retrieve speed to water temp - colder, slower, with more stop and drops - faster if the temp is up and the fish more active. If they are hanging tight to structure, I try to keep the fly in the "zone" longer and often that means using a floating or slow-sinking line that will let me stall the fly longer without fouling in weeds or snagging bottom structure. I have almost as many rigged fly rods in my skiff as a gear guy would have when fishing a tourney.
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