Hey hows it going....and Welcome.
I started spey fishing and swinging a while back
I've learned to change things up & make adapations to the striper game.
I started chasing stripers in the last few years and have learned a few things.
Maybe they will help?, maybe not, just unsoliticited advice???? lol......but this is what I came to discover after going through a few iterations/rigs/gear/$$$$. Your mileage may vary:
Huge long spey rods--- became a pain in the rear to me.
A true speycast was only needed if i had a jetty behind me or a berm/bluff (think of the cape cod canal there in town with the bike paths by the bourne bridge)
On backcasts, line dips (that would strafe the sand/rocks) became more common.
Landing and taking control of fish was a little dicier, without as much mule-power as a shorter rod.
I didn't need to cast huge distances like the plug guys. In fact, I have found that many of my fish werre coming on either side of the inntermost breaks, with was often under 60 ft out.
Often, the process of stripping flies was more cumbersome with longer rods; esp. if I were using a basket, which I often did to avoid barnacles and rock abrasion.
I have found that overhead casting a 2 handed fast action rod of 11 feet is ideal for me; using intermediate lines like the rio
outbound or airlow 40+ beach line
These short headed lines let me get in a fishing rythm of :
strip fly into base of head.......swirl rod left and right very slowlyy to swirl fly around near my feet to attract the 'chasers' in close.
if no takers......
roll cast out
come forward and ZING.
no false casting required ---extremely efficient movement with very little flailing around. and if I wanted huge distance, I could get the entire flyline out most of the time if I wanted.
But like I said, a lot of my fish came in ridiculouslyy close, so I have worked on enhancing my 'short game' so the fly is effectivelyy fishing its best in the 50 feet leading up to my waders.
Again.. Welcome! Theres a good handful of stripe, blue, and albie guys here. SOL is a pretty good site, too.