7. Super Slo-Mo
After you've tried all the other retrieves without much success, try one more: the Super Slo-Mo. This is a retrieve that can literally save the day. On several occasions this spring when I was on the Upper Chesapeake, the weather was a bit cooler, and as a result, the fishing slowed. All the other retrieves and a variety of different flies were tried without success, yet I would mark a fair number of fish in about 8 to 10 feet of water. The resulting change in water temperature apparently made the stripers a little lethargic, and they were not eager to strike.
When faced with this situation, try the Super Slo-Mo retrieve. This is not just slow, but a super slow-motion retrieve Ñ very slight twitches combined with big, long pauses. We were using a large 8- to 10-inch half-and-half all white herring fly with a 325-sink tip. With all the other retrieves not producing, I switched over to the Super Slo-Mo retrieve and felt a very soft tap. I gave the fly another slight twitch and a pause when I felt another tap. A slow strip, a little resistance and the line came tight on a 6- to 7-pound striper.