Hey Fult, we'll try to put together an article, or should I say some babblings on our observations, of fishing for wiper via flies. It's been on the backburner for a while.
There's not a lot of info on this fish out there, especially in regards to Colorado lakes. The DOW has a nice article on their site they put up recently about a trip to Pueblo. I have never tried pink for wiper - but I sure will try!
Perhaps anyone with input on finding and fishing for wipers in Colorado can start posting some thoughts here. Here's a few off the top of my head:
-In the spring, lakes with active inlets will draw fish there for a supposed "false spawn"
-Clousers have been great, I think more for the fact of the depth they are effectively fished and the up-down motion they have that attracts fish. That being said, other streamers will work well too....any bait fish imitation
-Smaller sparser clouser-type flies will catch big fish. Typically I like to fish these smaller sparser flies in clear water and bushier clousers in mudlines and stained water as they tend to push more water and create more noise
-We have noticed wipers hanging out around pods of carp digging around in the mud, possibly picking off crayfish and baitfish drawn to this mess.
-a strip-strip-strip-pause technique has been really effective for us. Really sharp quick strips. Many takes are on the pause.
-Regarding structure....many people think that wiper schools are wanderers. And unfortunately I tend to believe that. But I do believe they stick to a pattern. Find that pattern and you'll definitely improve your odds. It usually will have something to do with structure, so if you find a "spot on the spot" you could do worse than working that area continuously. In the spring look for structure related to shallows or inlets, and in the summer look for deeper structure.
-Typically wiper have been considered low-light feeders. I think this is more true in warm water when they are more comfortable in shallows. Most of the wiper we've caught in the spring and fall have been mid-day, 11am-3pm.
I'll put up more as they come to mind. These are only my observations. I would love to hear more.
Oh, and when the wiper are busting baitfish, any fly will work, but you've got to be quick and somewhat lucky to be in them. Strip fast and hold on!!