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post #16 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-11-2018, 08:35 PM
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Been catching stripers in New England from shore with 2 handers for a long time. Growing up I always heard you could only catch them at night. I've learned different and never fish at night, always during the day. Always in shallow water near shore, and from May through November. Often sight casting. No guarantees, but lots of fun.

I'm sure fishing at night can be great - but I have good enough luck during the day that I don't feel the need to be even more sleep deprived than I already am as a result of work!
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This is interesting to me; We've started getting consistent results; but as always, we're addicted to MORE....but its been mostly a first light/last light effort for us. Nothing through the dark hours.

Is your night fishing based heavily on tides or are you finding they just come in closer? We are bank guys. No boats.
I wade. They come into skinny water to feed at night much like brown trout.
And yes tides are a big factor as to where they'll be. Moving water is key. I caught lots of them last night (4 hours ago) on a "worm hatch" when sea worms came out of the mud to swarm and reproduce. It was like trout fishing but for bass. My imitation was embarassly simple - four orangeish pink saddles tied to a number 4 O'Shaughnessy
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Nice thread, tube flies, fly fishing in the dark, sneaky stripers, I love it. I got several this size while the tide was running out of the local salt pond swinging a grass shrimp tube fly in fast water. Not the biggest but lots of fun on my 7 wt.
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If I had close access to faster moving tidal water (like where the tides are higher) I would probably try the TH rod. Since I love fishing at night, and our Long Island Sound tides aren't as hard as they are up to the north, I've always stuck to the SH rod. I imaging swinging a fly through rips might be fun. I fish the fly to the tip and pulling the head in through the guides on every cast annoys me! LOL
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Just got back from SE Maine and my intentions for fishing for stripers with my two hander hit a roadblock on my tenth cast from shore when my TCX broke at the first ferrule. (Must've been dinged at some point because the 500 grain payload should've been fine with that stick) Anyhow, it's on its way back to sage and the 7 wt single hander was my backup. Had the best luck fishing low tide with an intermediate head, especially when it lined up with an early dawn. Nothing too epic size-wise, but a lot of fun. Heads up, if you're in the Portland, Maine area there's a tiny new fly shop called All Points Fly Shop in South Portland. The owner Josh is super great and was generous with info and had flies tied by him and some of his buddies that produced.
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Nice setup and interesting thread. I like the solid, inexpensive new Pfleuger Medalist for my trout spey. It's cool to see it used in the salt. What do you do to care for the reel after hitting the salt, just a rinse? What does it sound like with a powerful ocean dweller on the hook? Do you get "over run" on the spool? The vivid photography attests to the success of a sweet setup and sparked an interesting thread. I've always been a freshwater guy, and never felt a pelagic tug, neither literally nor figuratively. With post like yours, I may be drawn to the salt too. Oh no! Yet another way to be a complete beginner in this addictive sport...

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Nice setup and interesting thread. I like the solid, inexpensive new Pfleuger Medalist for my trout spey. It's cool to see it used in the salt. What do you do to care for the reel after hitting the salt, just a rinse? What does it sound like with a powerful ocean dweller on the hook? Do you get "over run" on the spool? The vivid photography attests to the success of a sweet setup and sparked an interesting thread. I've always been a freshwater guy, and never felt a pelagic tug, neither literally nor figuratively. With post like yours, I may be drawn to the salt too. Oh no! Yet another way to be a complete beginner in this addictive sport...
Yes I dunk the Medalist in a bucket and then air-dry it with the spool detached. someone on the forums mentioned Boeshield (waterproofing spray) and I now spray my reels with that stuff, it seems to repel the water. you should hear it buzz when a striper decides to run--I love the sound. the fish are not very big here (biggest I've seen is 26") so I've only been spooled once. something huge grabbed my fly and I couldn't even turn it. it went for the horizon and when I got into the backing, I had to tighten down until the leader snapped (15lb fluoro). I have no idea what it was.

Depending on how far you live from the beach, it's worth a try. Striper fishing is much better on the east coast than it is out here in Cali. Good luck.

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Night fishing is a **** show no matter where you are or what you are fishing for. The first time a striper takes off with your line in the dark is an exercise in controlled chaos. You have to try it. What part of the country are you in?
Near San Luis Obispo, CA. About halfway between LA and SF. All of our striper fishing is in rough surf, no tidal channels or bays hold fish. Our bread and butter is barred surf perch. When on the bite, they hit flies like crazy, and they run up to about 17" and 3 lb or so. I've caught as many as 60 in one session but I get skunked a lot too. They hit the same flies as the stripers. Stripers come and go in spring and summer, while bigger perch show up in winter and spring. Monterey Bay (3 hr north) holds a lot more bass than we get down here.

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It's good to be back on my home beaches, where the Echo Switch 11' fly rod is working for me. A great morning in the fog with 3 stripers landed and 4 perch as well. Kept these two for dinner. Thank you Mother Ocean.

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NICE! they put up a nice little fight and they are tasty to boot. Post pictures of the final product and maybe a recipe.
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I started trying for stripers in MA a few years ago when visiting the in-laws. Iíve gotten into some nice ones with a guide by boat, but have only been getting schoolie sized from the beach and estuary banks. The two hander makes it much more pleasurable for me to cast. I use a Meiser 8 wt switch and also a Beulah Opal 2 hander. Pic is the typical size I got a ton of in October.
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I used to throw bucktail streamers for Stripers on the Indian River in Delaware back in the mid 70s. I was just a teenager back then but I came up with a fly that is still used there today. Miss those days. Now I have to settle for Rainbows in the Katmai National park on the Alaska peninsula. And Steelhead on the Oregon coast although there seems to be drought on those the last couple of years.
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Please go to New Brunswick, Canada and fish the Northwest Miramichi for stripers and kill all that you legally can. May is a good month. Guys are hooking (and having to release) hundreds of them per day.
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Please go to New Brunswick, Canada and fish the Northwest Miramichi for stripers and kill all that you legally can. May is a good month. Guys are hooking (and having to release) hundreds of them per day.
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Is there ample pubic access and camping available in theses sections vs. more popular private beats/sites? I hestitate because of the exclusive and costly reputation of those rivers; Im DIY guy and would enjoy visiting a spot or 2 on the cheap to fill the cooler and see some sights.

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