Every year about this time I start trolling the web, looking at the fishing reports for stripers. I like to track their progress up the coast. The reports down south are starting to trickle in. I usually start sniffing around my favorite spots around May 15.
If your in a fast moving river, you see a large fish in the 4 to 5 lb range, you know from experience that the Gin clear water makes for very spooky fish. You have run all your most productive patterns with 5x tippet and do not even get a look, you know these patterns work and the only way you have a chance at hooking this fish is by putting on 6x or more likely 7x....the 5x you have been using is flouro. The smaller tippet will most certainly snap during the battle in fast water.....what would you do?