I once read that a good way to learn things was to ask a lot of damn fool questions. I tend to do that in my fishing, whether I’m wondering to myself, trying something new, or picking the brain of someone who knows a lot more than me. Here are some recent points I’ve been pondering:
Is “pushing water” the most trite, overused, overhyped concept in streamer construction today?
How do all those stripers find my 1″ long sparse grass shrimp flies at night with no moon in water with visibility of under 2 feet?
Why don’t more striper anglers think in terms of matching the bait, and presenting the fly like the naturals are behaving?
When it comes to choosing lines and leaders, is there a more important question than: “What do you want the fly to do?”
If intermediate lines are the most versatile, why do the vast majority of striper anglers use only one presentation with them?
Is there a striped bass swimming today that cares if your fly turns over?
Last but not least: why the hell didn’t I get out and fish in the wake of last weekend’s storms?
If you want to consistently catch bigger bass on the fly from shore, fish how, where, and when most other people don’t.