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David Knapp
03-13-2008, 10:32 PM
Since it costs so much to drive these days, I've been trying some alternatives to trout fishing. It isn't as much fun to me but still a blast... Today was easily the best day I've had fishing for warm water species yet this year. I lost track of how many fish I caught and all the fish pulled hard. The fly of the day was a fly I tie (dunno what its called or if it has a name, anyone know?) that is simply a gold beadhead and a little extra lead wire for weight, then a marabou tail and the body is just the rest of the marabou feather wrapped on down the hook. Simple but deadly... Here's a couple pictures from today...

Little yellow bass...
http://photo.ringo.com/256/256991422O121611184.jpg

Nice Hybrid
http://photo.ringo.com/256/256991446O312222277.jpg

monktrout
03-14-2008, 07:52 AM
PlateauAngler, Nice fish. I know that spot well. 20 minute away. Glad to see the fish have turned on. Any skipjack herring(shad)? Hope to run into you someday on the gravel bar. Monk

David Knapp
03-14-2008, 03:09 PM
Monktrout, I didn't catch any skipjack although there are a bunch of some type of shad/herring just under the dam but not hitting anything I've tossed in there. I've been wanting to catch a striper somewhere down there but haven't yet although I've seen a few fish rolling. Any tips on how to go after those fish?

monktrout
03-14-2008, 06:07 PM
PlateauAngler, I have spent some time trying to catch stripers on that stretch of river. I caught one 8pounder about 2 years ago. Also caught a 15lb drum. Plenty of skipjack over the last 3 years as well as white bass, and large mouths. Generally I use a white and chartreuse clouser sz4. I notice that early in the season they seem to like a smaller fly sz8-10. I also throw all white or all chartreuse. If they are hitting, they are not too particular. I know some guys have caught stripers on a fly after dark or early in the morning. I have had a big one roll on my fly. I hope to get out there this week if I can put together a couple of hours. A friend from Washington state tied some tube flies for me that worked well. My email is forhscc@yahoo.com
Tight Loops, Monk