A quick zip in, zip out striper mission yesterday to see if anyone was around. They were, for a brief window. I missed the first 45 minutes (according to the other angler I spoke to -- I didn't get your name, but thanks for sharing the water). But for a half hour, it was nearly a Bass-O-Matic.


Hellooooooo down there.


While the fishing wasn't very technical, there was a key to success: getting the fly to the bottom where the bass were hanging out. I was fishing a floating line with a four-foot section of T-11 sink tip and a weightless soft-hackle about three-to-four inches long. Not deep enough. Once I added a 3/0 shot to the leader and threw some mends, it was bottom -- and striper -- city.


And then, like that, they were gone. I tried a few other rips (not easy to find with a 10-20mph SW wind disturbing the surface) but decided that when the local who fishes this spot all the time left, he knew something I didn't. And off I went.


The tide comes in. The tide goes out. Leaving lovely sculptures in its wake.


Steve Culton