Many thanks to the Fairfield County Fish & Game Protective Association for hosting me last night. One of the larger crowds I’ve presented to, and their clubhouse is a great venue. FCF&GPA understands that a fed presenter is a happy presenter, and since I thoroughly enjoyed my monster dog and chili, I hereby award them the currentseams Legion of Hot Dog Merit.
Much later, I went striper fishing. It’s a new spot I reconnoitered last year, and it looked fishy as hell in the daylight. It was a little creepy in the rain and the dark, and there wasn’t much sign of any activity, bait or predator. But I was standing in water throwing a Rock Island flatwing and fishing it on the greased line swing, and life was good. It got even better when I landed my first striper of the year, all 34 inches of her. Nothing like starting the season off with a bang — or in this case, a massive thud.
Gadzooks! The contest! I’m going to try to announce the winners in the next 24 hours.
The Rock Island flatwing continues to produce big bass. It’s become one of my confidence patterns for stripers.
Kudos on the first striper of the year Steve!
I’m guessing the striper it was a holdover, Steve, or in fresh from the south?
I’m going with holdover.
Congrats on the first of 2017 being a nice one. I’ve been out twice for short sessions in familiar water. The results look like this……00.
The striper gods smiled upon me. I dropped one more and had another bump, but it was a slow night.
I better get some more flatwings tied – l like your Rock Island pattern.
Thanks, Jim. I love the energy of this fly. It looks like it should catch stripers. And so it does.
A beautiful tie Steve!
Thanks for coming Steve. The reaction from the membership was real positive. They were entertained and educated!
That’s great to hear. I’d love to come back.