Studying one thing new will be robust, and oftentimes there’s an enormous studying curve. Studying to fly fish for stripers is not any exception, however all of us have to start out someplace.
You want larger rods, floating line, sink-tip traces and intermittent traces, heavier leaders and flies that may be bigger or have dumbbell eyes. And you have to know when to fish these traces and flies.
So once I bought an invitation to go striper fishing for the primary time, I had no clue what to convey. On the time, the most important fly rod I owned was a 10-foot, 7-weight rod with a floating line that I used for steelhead trout. Not precisely what I wanted for striper fishing.
The week previous to this invite, my dad and a few buddies from work entered a striper match in Portland. They bought knocked out of first place on the final second and that left them fired up and able to attempt for stripers once more.
I used to be initially of my fly fishing journey and thought it might be cool to catch one on a fly. I had no clue what I used to be doing and wouldn’t till a number of years later once I bought invited to go fishing with Jim from Eldredge Bros. Fly Store in Cape Neddick, however that’s one other story for one more day.
Take into accout this was greater than 20 years in the past, so small particulars are principally misplaced, however there are a number of components of this story that stand out. I bear in mind the boat had a giant V8 engine so it was an excellent ocean boat.
I keep in mind that I used to be the one one fly fishing and everybody else was throwing stay mackerel. Most of my casts have been retrieved with a clump of seaweed on my fly.
After too many casts to depend, I bought extraordinarily annoyed, grabbed a rod with a mackerel, threw it out and caught my first striper. It was a keeper and I bear in mind it was essentially the most superb tasting fish I had ever had.
Luckily, it was the primary and solely striper I stored. What’s attention-grabbing is, I bear in mind lots of my first fish on a fly rod, however I don’t bear in mind catching this one — however I do have an image to show it.
One of the best a part of this journey was once I caught “the massive one.” I grabbed the final lifeless mackerel, connected it to my line and threw it out so far as I might. I made a remark about catching an enormous because it hit the water and, a lot to our shock, one thing swirled on my bait instantly.
Earlier than any of us had time to react, the large began ripping out line! All of us have been shocked because the reel was zinging and the fish was heading for the open ocean. The boat engine began and the chase was on.
My dad and I have been sitting on the bow of the boat taking a look at one another in amazement, laughing like little children with no thought how large this fish was. The boat captain had a tough time maintaining with it so we figured it was big.
Because the chase heated up, a sailboat approached from our left. The captain instructed us we have been performed at this level. Sailboat keels run deep beneath the water’s floor, which suggests my line could be clipped when it passes over it. ”Flip! Flip!” I yelled as I frantically waved my arms.
A lot to everybody’s dismay, the sailboat turned and cleared my line. The struggle was on as soon as once more.
Shortly after the sailboat turned, I used to be in a position to begin reeling in line. However my tug-of-war with this big wasn’t over and our concern was the struggle had been happening lengthy sufficient that the hook would possibly pull out. As you struggle fish, the hook could make an even bigger gap and pull out. This was at the back of my thoughts because the reel zinged out line as soon as once more.
So right here I’m, 28 years previous, sitting on the bow of this boat with my dad combating a fish for greater than 20 minutes. I waved off the sailboat, we’re miles from the place we began, and I’m lastly bringing in line. The road is tight, and I’m gaining on the fish.
I reel and the fish is reaching the floor. It’s drained and performed. As we get nearer and the road involves the highest of the water, the pinnacle of a seal pops up with my mackerel in its mouth. Seems my big fish wasn’t actually a fish, moderately a small sea mammal.
We laughed in disbelief and hugged one another in help of a job effectively performed. I positively wasn’t anticipating a seal to be on the finish of my line, however not many individuals can say they caught a seal.
For sure, I bought greater than I bargained for that day. Though issues turned out drastically totally different than I had anticipated, I can’t quickly neglect that journey.
Get on the market and throw a fly. Who is aware of, possibly you’ll get greater than you bargained for.