Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: PACIFIC NW / SE MAINE
FWIW I've been out in New England pursuing striped bass for the last few weeks and I've been extremely pleased with the two handed setup I brought. 6wt 11' 9" Sage TCX rod with an Abel Switch reel and a 400 grain Wulff Ambush Neutralizer line and an intermediate poly-leader. I've been using this for a couple weeks two hand overhand casting and it sure beats my 8wt single hander that I brought last year. I can layout one false cast and then shoot most of the line out and be quickly stripping line back. All without a shooting basket. Full integrated line allows me to strip all the way back to shore where lots of striper like to eat the fly. I've used it on the beach with great results as well as on the Giant Steps on Bailey Island, ME which is a super steep cliff. During high tide I could cast parallel to the shore and strip along huge rocks, finding some hookups and even last night from a friends skiff I could shoot most of the line from the boat with ease. 6wt means that a hard fighting schoolie puts a nice bend in the rod and rips out line if its particularly feisty. This will be my go to on my annual trip out here until I feel outgunned (which would be great) and then I'm going to bump up to the 8119 TCX and the 500 gr Beulah Serum Line. Took a couple hours to get the hang of this, but like sustained anchor casting, once you get the timing, it's a blast.