Re: Lake Arthur Striped Bass
Good work Recman and son. Sounds like an awesome trip. Those things (especially 22"+) will give your drag a workout. You've got to let the big ones run a few times before trying to muscle them in. Unless you are using 10wt. with some heavy line.
I've caught them on both the Clouser and Deceiver myself (although more on the Ohio River, way back when you could toss anything near a certain poopy pipe that is no longer around and catch them until your arm fell off)... One of my favorite to tie, was the Clouser/Deceiver hybrid. Basically a Clouser with some saddle hackle tied in. I like how the eyes would get the fly down a bit (at times in Arthur, that isn't what you want though). That saddle hackle gives a lot of extra action.
I add saddle hackle to some of the buck tail jigs that I tie. Which are basically a weighted version of that hybrid for spinning gear. There is too much stuff to get hung up on my boat to fly fish from. I don't get out nearly as much as I would like, and is challenging enough to catch fish without breaking out the fly rods... That said, they are an absolute blast to catch on fly gear.