Striper fishing is a whole different monster from other types of fly fishing. The rods are 8wt or heavier. Sinking line is a must. The fish can range from busting shad on the surface to chasing bait balls 40ft deep. The technique is to find birds hovering in a certain area. Hopefully this is a sign of feeding stripers pushing bait to the surface. The first time I went out we traveled miles across the lake before we found birds. We marked fish at depths between 40-60ft. Neither one of us had sinking line that could fish the water properly. The second time I had bought some sinking line for Christmas and this last weekend I felt well equiped. We launched from a different side of the lake and this time we saw birds quickly.