Stripers are pretty light sensitive, and if your river is crystal clear during their spring run, getting bit on a bright, sunny, day can be challenging and frustrating. That’s why in spring, I pray for overcast skies and rainy conditions when the water is clear. You might get a quick bite at first and last light on a sunny day, but overcast skies seem to get the fish to lose their wariness, often moving away from their haunts to actively hunt in riffles and across flats. Ideally, your local water will be stained up during the peak of the run. Dirty is bad, but stain keeps bass more active regardless of the sky.