Why I love fishing for stripers with big flatwings on the greased line swing

After three very slow springs, things turned around a bit in 2017. It wasn’t as good as the old days. (Is it ever?) But the skunks were few, and the keepers more plentiful than in recent years. I wish I could say the baitfish were making a comeback. Sadly, I saw precious few swirls of mating herring. But enough with the negative. This is a celebration ย of elegant flies fished with a traditional method — and the brute force of striped bass that can be measured in pounds.

The Rock Island flatwing saw plenty of swim time. It may not look it, but this is a legal fish, one of three I took that night.



Another old favorite, the Razzle Dazzle. The Razzle Dazzle is responsible for my biggest striper on the fly from the shore, 30 pounds. This one is a wee bit less than that. Still, a good keeper bass on the long pole.



We’re getting there. 15 pounds of power. I landed her at 1:00am after two hours of fishing without a touch. Since it was raining, I decided to end on a high note. A JR Cuban Alternate Cohiba Robusto was lit in celebration, and smoked on the long walk back to the truck.



I don’t handcuff myself to the dogma of black flies at night. But occasionally, I do fish them. This spring I prototyped and tested a large, mostly black multi-feather flatwing (patience — recipe and photos to come). My intent was to have a big fly to silhouette against the dark of the moon sky in stained water. Here are my test results — all 20 pounds of it.



Following the tides is a tough job, but some damn fool needs to be out while the rest of the world is sleeping.



8 comments on “Why I love fishing for stripers with big flatwings on the greased line swing

  1. mfs686 says:

    I miss Striper fishing.

  2. Asier says:

    Congrats dear Steve,
    good time for sleeping,
    best time for fishing ๐Ÿ™‚
    i miss to be there…
    greased line, flatwings, good cigar !!!
    lucky man !!!!!

  3. WillK says:

    Looks like a blast Steve… The irony, is that your spring striper fishing gets you home just in time to hit the woods in pursuit of gobbling turkeys… Funny how we outdoors people seem a little possessed with taking these things on eh ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jack Swegel says:

    Great pix Steve. I love those stripes. Hope to get to RI later this month and flex my flat wings.

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