View Full Version : Somebody has been holding back some info!

Flat Fly n
06-04-2009, 04:19 PM
Seagull ask me to put this on the wedsite. Seems somebody was out Memorial Day making a memory! 29# Striper! I will let him fill in the details, especially how it was caught on a #20 Parachute Adams. Female, of course! I was out floating the Holston with Dragline in FishCats when I got this phone call......."guess what I just landed".


David Knapp
06-04-2009, 06:08 PM
Wow!!! What a fish...that is awesome...I've got to figure out how to catch striper on the fly. Looks like a lot of fun...

Byron Begley
06-04-2009, 07:44 PM
That is one heck of a fish! Of course he is the master at catching those things. I'll tell you this, it would look a lot bigger if I were holding it assuming I could.


06-04-2009, 09:05 PM
I've caught plenty of them on a fly, but that one could eat most of them:biggrin: That's really a nice fish!

06-05-2009, 05:42 AM
This monster was quite a battle. I hooked him right against the far lock wall (in the back of the picture) and he immediately ran right at the lock doors. I heard Peacher say “What’s he going to do, knock on the door?” At this point he was into the backing, and then performed a high speed U-turn and ran straight at the boat. I don’t think I have ever reeled that fast in my life, and luckily kept the line tight. He then hung a left and ran out towards the middle of the river. When I finally got him to come up to the surface and we saw him for the first time, what a rush! Finally got his head in the net, and we both lifted him in the boat. After we got him weighed, photographed, and revived, I looked down and there was blood on the top of my left foot, and I saw where 4 of his dorsal spines had gotten me while I was getting him on the boga grip. Didn’t even feel it at the time, maybe I had a little adrenalin going. Big fish make you bleed! Any way this fish is my new personal best, edging out the 26 pounder I landed last summer. Of course then I had to call Flat Fly’n and brag a little.
If you catch a large striper, please take plenty of time to revive the fish before you release it. We have even held their mouths opened and moved around with the trolling motor. I have learned over the years that when they start biting down on your thumb, they are usually ready to go.

06-05-2009, 07:04 AM
Very nice fish Dean, glad to see one of the big ones stayed on long enough for a good picture. If you let peacher hold them they would look even bigger:)

06-05-2009, 08:07 AM
Nice one Dean, and if I was there we could have passed it off for a 50 lb fish.

06-05-2009, 03:59 PM
That is insane! I bet that is a blast to catch on a fly rod!

Good info. on the catch and release. I need to find someone to teach me how to catch one of those suckers...:biggrin:

06-05-2009, 09:40 PM
When i catch one it's by accident. I'm going to pursue them seriously this year. I'll see you arround ...

06-05-2009, 10:16 PM
Fish like that keep me from getting in the water here. Northern MN never had fish the size of my leg, unless you count the odd musky lake.

Nice going, Dean. You're a heck of a generous person, and it's good to see that karma get repaid a bit.

06-06-2009, 05:08 PM
Seagull, That is an amazing fish. Do you do any guiding for stripers? I have a buddy with a boat that we could take below the tailwaters and we'd really like a lesson on how it's done.

In the meantime, I'll keep chasing carp, the other gargantuan warmwater FF target in TN...

06-06-2009, 07:49 PM
I donít do any guiding, but Iím always happy to share tips..

Get a full sink fly line, I recommend the SA Striper TYPE IV. These lines shoot like crazy; I rarely false cast more than twice. Casting them takes some practice if all you have ever cast are floating lines, especially with a 1/0 streamer and lead eyes.

Put every yard of backing that you can get on your reel. The full sink lines are smaller diameter than the same weight floater, so you can get quite a bit more on the spool. The initial runs can be mind boggling, and getting the fish on the reel can be tricky. Last summer on one of Flatís 20 pounder, the fish took off and a huge tangle caught on the first guide, and I thought the fish was gone for sure. He reached up and yanked one loop and the whole mess untangled immediately, which was one of the most amazing things I have seen.

If you are drifting in current, let your boat float at the same speed as the current. The result is getting the fly much deeper, And if you hook a good one, try to stay close to it with the boat, chase it as needed, minimizing the amount of line in the water. Two much line iin the water can put a lot of resistance on the tippet, especially the fish makes a sharp turn. There are rock humps below the dam and I have seen line get wrapped around them numerous times

Donít give up too quickly. Blind casting a 9wt for several hours may not be the most appealing fly fishing technique, but as the picture shows, some nice rewards are possible. You have to be dedicated to chase and catch stripers with a fly rod (or crazy). When we first started flyfishing for them in the late 80ís, a lot of people would ask us what we were fishing for. When we would say stripers, they would laugh or just look at us like we were idiots. Flies should be any streamer that imitates a threadfin shad, tie some sparse for when the generators are off, and some fuller for higher flows. Vary your retrieve speed and depth, and be ready for some excitement.

Flat Fly n
06-06-2009, 10:06 PM
Seagull, the professional safety person, forgot to mention a few obvious things about these dams. Be VERY careful around them, especially up by the dam if the water is off and they are gettng even close to generating. Wear your life jacket and be observant if the yellow light comes on by the locks. It will be the most rear end puckering event of your life if you happen to be close to where the water empties from the lock into the dam area. It's like the reverse end of a giant toilet emptying!! I still have cold chills when I think about that day about 10 years ago.

Thank goodness you didn't tell them about the few traditional cheese puffs thrown into the water for good luck!

PS.....bring a BIG net!

06-06-2009, 11:42 PM
Nice fish! I've only caught 3-4 pounder on "big poppers" (deer hair frog immitators), and they felt like the wanted to rip my arm off. Can't imagine taking down a 20+ pounder, well i can imagine :biggrin:. Great fighters!

06-07-2009, 09:28 AM
Thanks for the information and for taking the time to share. I learn something every day. I would never have thought you could fish like this...:smile:

06-08-2009, 10:12 AM
Seagull, Thanks for the detailed info. We may try to FF for some stripers in the next month or so. I can't believe there are fish out there that might make my 8-weight rod seem underpowered!

Flat Fly n
06-08-2009, 04:02 PM
They will make your BOAT seem underpowered! LOL!

06-19-2009, 05:51 PM
Guys caught my first turtle at melton hill last monday at 1 am. About 8 lbs...It'a a start!!!