LF strategy can work
Firstly the LF strategy relies on creating a condition whereby the enemy overspends on its counter which is LRFs. You however limit the damage taken to your LFs and at same time create the LRFs counter which is the Carrier.
So here is how micro works...
Understand that LFs sitting still firing at LRFs sitting still..theres only going to be one winner. So Start circling LFs. Move the targeted LF , then use the other LFs behind it do cheeky kills on LRFs chasing the forward LF.
Now hopefully the enemy will start overspamming LRFs. At this stage get out carriers , and begin hunting the LRFs which are circle chasing the LFs.
Move carriers into a position that they can jump towards the LRFs retreat point.
Be brave with the carriers...follow LRFs back to their Homeworld if u need to. Make sure always to keep Carriers as single entities. Dont be a noob and retreat 2 carriers when one is being attacked.
So hopefully by the end of the conflict...your loss of LFs is much less then his loss of LRFs to your carriers thus giving you profit.
Now heres the crunch. By this time you should move to the next phase of the strategy which is to make your LRFs. Now use your spare and slightly redundant LFs for secondary strike roles. Forexample providing cover at neutrals . If they make carriers or flaks , you can use your LFs to counter them.
Some capital ships augment LFs very well ..such as the Sova which can provide fighter cover to kill LRFs.
I play advent..and one thing i love to do is just spam some LFs in the enemies face just so that they will go crazy with LRFs. Little do they know that theres 3 drone hosts at my homeworld maxing up their fighter squadrons.