"In our family there is no clear line between religion and fly fishing" - Norman Maclean "A River Runs Through It"
Even trout fishers need some time off. So it's Newburyport again (actually Plum Island) and it's great. First there's good times with family and friends AND there are stripers this year. Had the opportunity to work Joppa Flats with Bob Zieba, a.k.a. "Tincup" from this blog as he plied the shallows in his craft at the start of the turning tide. Then out to the mouth of the Merrimack which is like the Y Pool except it's crowded with boats and plug casters from the jetty instead of wading fishermen. It's got fish too. Then back to the flats until dead low tide. We got deep into the double digits with stripers but no legal fish. That's ok!
Next day I did the entrance to the in a kayak working grassy banks and tide lines. More schoolies were caught when I got the idea. Instead of the 8wt how about a 5 wt. Now is the chance to use that seldom used, beefy Orvis Zero Gravity 5wt that has been collecting dust in the corner. I still have a 5wt sinking line. All I have to do is hit the road early and do a 260 miles round trip to grab the stuff which I did. I'll be ready tomorrow and I'll fill you in.
Flies for the Salt - 20 years ago I used to do a LOT of salt water fly fishing. One of my pet issues was that many larger flies were just too big and wind resistant. I never liked chucking clousers and preferred unweighted flies on a fast sinking line. So I tied mine long and sparse. I get the size and profile but also get ease of casting which is important. I've tied up some deceiver types for the 5wt which are 4 to 6 inches long but will cast like a dream. Also, I tied some up on #4 FRESHWATER STREAMER HOOKS!! Just the right size for the schoolies and they will not suddenly rust away as CONVENTIONAL WISDOM dictates.
The Swift - Bob O nailed it. "It's a yo-yo".
Fish it anyway!!!