Striper report 10/6/21: Daytime bliss, nighttime suffering

On Wednesday Alex took a striper lesson with me. He did a fantastic job. The point of these short (2 hours) lessons is to give students feel for how to approach multiple situations involving current — and especially for them to discover the expansive fly fishing life beyond cast-and-strip. We do it in the daytime (the better to eyeball things) and while the immediate goal isn’t to catch — that will come later — I have the highest amount of respect for those who want to invest in upping their game. Alex did a tremendous job; he has an intuitive feel for current and presentation. Now all he needs is some bass to play with.

As it turns out, so do I. I drove to Rhode Island that night to fish two different marks and, once again, I was disappointed by the paucity of striped things that swim. The first mark was one of my “guaranteed” spots. You know — a place you go to save a night when you desperately need a fish. No longer. I’ve fished it three times this year, blanked all three times, and it’s the first year in decades that I have not caught a bass there. Fooey. Not to be outdone, the second mark had plenty of bait, and not a single striper. So I casted, mended, and tried to pretend that maybe a bass would show up. Instead, I stayed out way too late. I won’t be going back this year (he said bitterly).

Alex really nailed the greased line swing. What a lovely day to be out fishing.

2 comments on “Striper report 10/6/21: Daytime bliss, nighttime suffering

  1. rich rubin says:

    Steve, Rhody has been disappointing so far this fall.interesting lots of eight inch blues blitzing the beach’s during the day. I have never seen this in October. Is it summer?
    I heard a local river still has loads of keeper bass
    Rich

    Good health is true wealth

    • Steve Culton says:

      Hi Rich, it’s been a challenging fall for sure. One thing I don’t encourage is naming specific spots for all to see. If you want to share those via an email, that’s fine, but I like to keep specifics off the public domain of the internet. Thanks for reading and here’s to better striper times!

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