The best way to fish an intermediate line?

This question was recently asked on one of the striped bass forums. Here’s my answer:

  1. Take the intermediate line off your reel, wind it back on its spool, and return it to its box.
  2. Put a floating line on your reel.
  3. Never look back.


Stripers don’t care which line you use. But a floating line places you in charge of the presentation, so you can bring your fly to the fish. Not vice versa.

Block Island All-Nighter first keeper

5 comments on “The best way to fish an intermediate line?

  1. Yankee fisherman says:

    Steve, I wish I could believe that, (I want to believe that!). Even the great Abrames and Bondorew went to a intermediate and sink-tip at times. All I know, after a hard night using floating line, is that I don’t know much at all, and I need to be better, more sharp, more intune to what my line is doing.

    • Steve Culton says:

      I give you permission to believe. Virtually every striper you see on currentseams was caught on a floating line. It is not magic. It is not difficult. You don’t need to have special fishing gifts. If I can do it, so can you.

  2. joseph ganun says:

    God, I love clear, concise direction. Especially since the only line I own that will sink has a six weight sink tip for SM Bass. I imagine answers would vary if we were talking about boats.

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