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I am going to fish stiped bass on the weekend. Any hints on what flies these fish like?
 

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I have been using a white muddler deceiver I tied up last winter with good success this season on an intermediate SGS iskagit belly and tip. They like all fish can be selective or not at all depending on the day. One old standby seems to work pretty well all the time and that is a chartruese and white clouser.
 

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I use these on Hybrid Striped Bass,the White ones in the box on the Right are ~5" long.


I made the Blaze Pink streamer from a Susan B. Komen wig and got this HSB.


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Nice flies, I do not have these patterns, I do have other styles and have a few mice that an older gent. Gave me a few weeks ago. Now which rod? 13,14,15 and which line? This is my first time targeting this species.
 

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striper fun!

Nice flies, I do not have these patterns, I do have other styles and have a few mice that an older gent. Gave me a few weeks ago. Now which rod? 13,14,15 and which line? This is my first time targeting this species.
Pete.

In most situations, presentation is a more important factor than fly pattern in striper fishing. buck tail, zonker and above mentioned deciver will work well. For fly size selection: clear, calmer water - I prefer smaller flies; low light, murky water - I prefer bigger flies.

For rod selection, it really depends on what kind of casting you prefer. I use 12'-16' rods from 6 weight to 10 weight all has their place in striper fishing. Windy day = shorter rod, calmer day = longer rod. Overhead or spey, either casting style will work. I have been using clear intermediate single handed line on two handed rods and having a lot of fun. Mark

Scott G 16' 10 weight

n7 by markyuhina, on Flickr


Loomis Dredger 12'9 6/7 weight
 

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Interesting thread. There is quite a "conversation" going on on "stripersonline" re two-handed(TH) rods for stripers.

Yuhine - your comment re short rod for wind and long rod for no wind is interesting.
I use rods from 11' to 12' - #7, 8, 9, 10. A few at 10'6" - # 6, 9 and 12.

I also have a 13'6" #11 that I never use.

All are built by me on CTS switch blanks - or beach blanks of my own design.

What do the longer rods bring to the table for you? I really do not see their application – maybe because I never do anchor-point casts. Just over-head.

Re the flys - this time of year in New England I would go with herring or large baitfish patterns. Kind of late for sand eels a I think.

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Interesting thread. There is quite a "conversation" going on on "stripersonline" re two-handed(TH) rods for stripers.

Yuhine - your comment re short rod for wind and long rod for no wind is interesting.
I use rods from 11' to 12' - #7, 8, 9, 10. A few at 10'6" - # 6, 9 and 12.

I also have a 13'6" #11 that I never use.

All are built by me on CTS switch blanks - or beach blanks of my own design.

What do the longer rods bring to the table for you? I really do not see their application – maybe because I never do anchor-point casts. Just over-head.

Re the flys - this time of year in New England I would go with herring or large baitfish patterns. Kind of late for sand eels a I think.

Regards,
Herb
Hi Herb

Great to see your quiver for the stripers. I have heard a lot of good thing on those CTS blanks. But never got a chance to try their two handed.

I agree, long rods are not really necessary for the ocean fishing... the 16 footer on the beach is merely for the casting fun. Spey on longer line, or overhead casting on shooting heads. Particularly on the windy days, longer rods encounter more air resistance that I don't really enjoy hauling the big sticks around. 12-13 footers are doing just fine. But, during calmer days, longer rod with longer lines could be very useful in the stealthy fishing condition.

I fished a lot on a big river fishery before; big river is different story for the need of longer rod, a lot of currents and rocks so longer line control is needed.
below is video I made a couple years ago on this nice river fishery. fish are holding in some tricky currents, so sinktips, small flies and long cast could become essential elements to get into those fish. Mark

https://vimeo.com/11701475

BTW, one of my favorite overhead casting rod on windy beaches - Guideline LeCie 13'7 8/9 light, powerful and sensitive (photo below)
 

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Nice video - thanks.

Yes - the CTS is a great blank. What is nice is that they will build me anything that I wish. They allow me to tweak a tip or a butt to achive the effect that I want.
Since I now only build on CTS blanks - they allowed me to be a re-seller of their blanks. This is realy a disease. As I am sure that you realize.

I have a 11'6" #7 and a 11' #6 that I will prob build this winter. They are not switch rods though. I designed them for OH casting with stiffer butts. They are not forthe surf though. More for wading bays, etc.
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Where in nova scotia? ...... Grand lake near Halifax. Ns is polluted with bass. I just was never interested... The spey swing is calling and I haven't been out for three weeks since the end of the salmon season. What a sickness, you don't have to be crazy but it helps.
 

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Nice video - thanks.

Yes - the CTS is a great blank. What is nice is that they will build me anything that I wish. They allow me to tweak a tip or a butt to achive the effect that I want.
Since I now only build on CTS blanks - they allowed me to be a re-seller of their blanks. This is realy a disease. As I am sure that you realize.

I have a 11'6" #7 and a 11' #6 that I will prob build this winter. They are not switch rods though. I designed them for OH casting with stiffer butts. They are not forthe surf though. More for wading bays, etc.
Regards,
Herb
Hi Herb,

That's great to know you re- sell their blanks. I wonder have you use their fiberglass blank? 10-12'. I was impreesed by their trout rod, but never try their Quartz fiberglass Spey (Sorry, don't mean to hijack this thred).

Btw, pere, if you fish lakes, and stillwater type of water. I recommend integrated shooting heads for better retrieve manipulations... Wulff ambush line is great for this kind of fishing.
 

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You'll enjoy them on the TH. NS probably has large enough tides to actually swing for them rather than strip. Sounds like fun. Do you catch sea runs too? I am a sea run fanatic.
 

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I'm blessed to live close to several rivers where stripers follow the seasonal runs of various baitfish far inland, beyond the head of tide. They can be found in the same runs and pools where you would find Atlantic salmon (if we still had any) and smallmouths. I fish for them on the swing using a 12'6" 6/7 wt. Echo Classic lined with a Rio 400g Skagit. I use floating, intermediate, and fast sink tips, depending on the water and activity of the fish. Because these fish are on a singular mission - following and eating baitfish - fly selection hasn't been complicated. Generally, if you can get it in front of them, they will eat it. I have caught them on everything from overdressed 3/0 Deceiver type flies to 1.5 classic steelhead patterns. My two best swinging flies this past year were patterns I call the Duke Ellington and the Silver Crawford in the 1/0 to 2 size range - but mostly, that was because I fished those a great deal. I'm sure I could have done just as well, if not better, with Deceivers, Intruders, or Clousers.

[MEDIA]http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/allynn11/DukeEllington.jpg[/MEDIA]

The Duke Ellington, tied on a 1/0 Mustad (can't remember which model)

[MEDIA]http://i635.photobucket.com/albums/uu74/allynn11/SilverCrawford-1.jpg[/MEDIA]

The Silver Crawford, tied on a blind eye 1.5 Alec Jackson
 

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So glad to get all of this feedback. I will be trying for strippers tomorrow morning on Grand lake, it is supposed to have a current at this spot as it is between runs. By the way for all hockey fans Sydney Crosby has a place on this lake , it is a gated community.
You fellows have some very nice flies , if you want to part with them ,I am willing to buy them.
I will be fishing 2 rods and 2 lines at this spot. 13,-15 ft, a skagit head and a long belly my favorite. Wish me luck
Tight lines
 

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Pere- speaking of marabou; a fly that has been good for my type of fishing is Gartsides' soft hackle streamer. It is very simple to tie, add some flash to the end of the hook, wrap a body of flash, then wrap some marabou as a collar and tie off your thread. Looks and fishes like a baitfish of about 3.5". It works for SH overhead fishing so it should also work for TH swinging. Ron
 

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Bass flies

Yak hair streamers is what I use. 4" to 12" long, sparsely tied

As usual, many of you will have difficulty viewing these. Here is a big one, actually a tuna fly, (heavy hook) but you get the idea.

http://www.pbase.com/jaypetersen/image/117126455

Easy way: google jay petersen pbase flies, look at the 2nd page of the gallery for a tutotial on how to tie the improved yak baitfish. some sand eel flies on page 1 at the top.

I use lots of different 2-hand rod setups for Bassin: scandi (most enjoyable, shallow, small flies) skagit (night time or bigger flies), Full sink (boat fishing) Intermediate clear (flats) Intermediate with sink tips (everything). 7wt to 10/11 wt rods

going for one of my last trips of the season tomorrow am, getting cold here.

JP
 

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They like the Clousers on the left coast and in Floriduh

In Californiacator land, in the Delta and rivers with stripers, they seem to prefer the Clousers. In my area, the charteuse/white, followed by the gray/white and then the black/grey or white.

In the spring time when the Salmon, Steelhead smelt and small rainbow trout are in the water, I get a small loan and buy some Pole Dancer flies in the rainbow trout pattern for all most too exciting top water action.

Below is a great You Tube video with Bob Clouser showing how to tie his famous Clouser:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0gX83J1Kvg




I am going to fish stiped bass on the weekend. Any hints on what flies these fish like?
 
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