I learned to fish for stripers using a mono running line (18 # Amnesia) and a fast sinking shooting head. I've also made the shooting head using about 25 feet of lead core line. 30 # Dacron Backing, then the Amnesia, the shooting head, and a strong mono leader, nail knotted. You have to double haul this rig, and a stripping basket helps a lot. I've "belted" those plastic milk crates for this. Yeah, a lot of new stuff to acquire and learn, but that's part of the fun. Good to have a spare spool for your 8 wt rig set-up for this. As for learning to double haul, saw a lady do a demo at a fly show, and it worked for me. Find a nice lawn area, cast in one direction, then turn 180 degrees, and cast in the opposite direction. After a while, you'll get the rhythm and timing. The idea is to get the shooting head loaded, then fling it with coils of the running line piled up outside the reel. You can set the length of the shooting head first on the lawn. You want to be able to pick it up without the shooting head entering the reel. When fishing, you strip it back until the shooting head is just about half way to the reel, pick it up using a roll cast to start the haul, then a couple of false casts to load the rod and get the shooter past all the guides, and away she goes.
Edited by kaboboom (10/29/17 06:49 AM)