Just completed a new article for the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide: “A Good Night For The Five-Weight.”

I don’t fish for stripers like most people do. Sparse flies with no eyes. Floating lines. And perhaps most of all, unconventional rods.

For five years now, I’ve been catching striped bass on my trusty five-weight. The first time I used it, I fished in fear. The second time, more excited than frightened. By the third outing, I had completely embraced the concept of using lighter tackle to fish for stripers. Every year I try to push the limits of what I can to with my nine-foot TFO TiCr. Every year, I discover that I have far more power with a lighter rod than I ever imagined. Not to mention fun.

My new personal best on the five-weight, This 33″ chubette from a few weeks ago had some shoulders. She easily went 15 lbs.


For those of you interested in exploring the wonders and challenges of catching bass on lighter tackle, “A Good Night For The Five-Weight” covers basics like rod selection, rigging, and how to play and quickly land larger fish.  It will be in the July 2013 issue of the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. You can find a copy of the Guide in fly shops from southern New England to North Carolina, or though their Facebook page.

Let me know what you think.

4 comments on “Just completed a new article for the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide: “A Good Night For The Five-Weight.”

  1. bcarmichael says:

    Steve: I like this approach, and will try it. It reminds me of a friend who regularly fishes for Atlantic salon on the Grand Cascapedia with a 7 weight, single-hand, Payne bamboo rod. Most think he’s crazy, and the first time I saw him skating dry flies for rolling salmon I was in fear — if not for him than for the rod! But he’s pulled it off a number of times, and had a great time with the light tackle. Looking forward to reading the article in full.


    • Steve Culton says:

      Hi Ben,

      Thanks for the positive note.

      I met an old crusty up at the Salmon in Pulaski last November who fishes for steelhead with a five-weight and a click-and-pawl reel. I watched him battle a good-sized fish, and he was quite adept with his setup.

      Many things are possible on lighter tackle for those willing to explore.

  2. This is awesome. Absolutely awesome. My buddies and I like to fly fish for big carp on 6wts… I understand your love for your 5 wt!

    • Steve Culton says:

      Ah, a kindred spirit. May good fishing karma surround you on your carp quests.

      Big fish on light tackle are about as much fun as you can have while wearing waders.

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