I'm having trouble getting any good distance with the fly above. It is the Hightower Tres Generation Squid, hook size 3/0. The body is just a little over 2" long and the mylar tail is 3" long. The fly weighs 60 grains
With my TCR 9129-4 with a Skagit 650, 10 weight Rio floating tip and 15' leader with 2' of 12# tippet and my Semi Skagit cast, I'm lucky to get 1 to 2 rod lengths of running line out past the rod tip with my casts.
With an overhand cast, I'm getting a little over 2 rod lengths of running line with my casts past my rod tip.
With a standard striper clouser fly 2/0, I can easily get 3-4 rod lengths of running line out with a Skagit style cast or 4+ rod lengths of running line with the overhead cast with this line and terminal gear.
My loops start off good and somewhere between 45' - 50' out the flies and loop just run out of energy and come down slowly like a wounded bird. Sometimes it looks like a small parachute coming down after the loop runs out of energy.
Our local stripers when we have warm weather like we have had this past week will come to the surface and bang a surface fly. The water is very clear and they are apparently able to see us from the shore at least 60-70' and probably 80-90' from the casting platform of a boat. If they see the caster, they will not strike the fly. It has to be the most exciting striper hit of all. You can see a bulge in the water as a big V moves towards your fly and suddenly the Striper comes up and gulps down the big fly.
I have had a few bulges and vees start towards these shorter casts, and apparently the fish see me (I'm wearing sage green shirts and slacks to blend in with the shore brush). So they veer off or go under the fly.
A lot of the guys are bubble casting these flies and other floaters with a spinning rod to get out where the stripers can't see the caster). I would like to catch one with my fly rod.
Would I be better off with my Jet Stream and maybe a 10' leader?
Any suggestions beside taking out my spinning rod or my rifle? :saeek: