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Corbo
03-02-2012, 02:49 PM
Seen a few videos of stripers on the watauga.... seems the water is flowing, wadable and near a road; anyone know much about this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiAU0Xpa2QY

This one is much better; like the music too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giHie68eZ94&feature=related

I got a bunch of 8/9 weights if anyone wants to give it a try... I will need to tie up a few monster flies. Also have a 12 weight so we would not be under-gunned.

The second video says June 2010.... I have no desire to kill any of them

ChemEAngler
03-02-2012, 04:49 PM
That was pretty good stuff! I bought an 8-wt for just such occasions, but have only tested it on the larger tailwaters in the area. I bet that would sure be a rush to hook and land a striper of that size in water that skinny.

Grannyknot
03-02-2012, 05:06 PM
They are in the clinch too.
I was fishing near the jail with my old preacher in the early 90s and while bringing in a small trout, a striper grabbed it and proceeded to run downstream, taking him quickly into his backing. He had to tighten the drag down and break it off. I'd guess he was using no more than a 6wt.

They are pretty good to eat if prepared right.

Corbo
03-02-2012, 06:15 PM
NO BS but I've landed tens of thousands from New England rivers over the last 30 years.... Stripers on the fly are the most fun you can have with your clothes on! Well except for maybe bonefish.

Anyway check out this one too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnyw9_m-uXQ&feature=related

I am going to find this spot; I think it is just above Boone Lake.

Chem E or any of you that want to give Stripers a try let me know and we will go!

Richard 865-255-4840

Wilson10
03-02-2012, 11:48 PM
I've seen plenty of them while floating the clinch. Catching one is certainly on my bucket list.

Travis, what kind of 8wt did you get?

Corbo
03-03-2012, 08:18 AM
ChemEangler;

All you need to do to catch them is swing large flies through their path when they are in skinny water and you will hook-up. Large White Lefty's Deceivers work great. The key to the thing is finding them stacked up like they are in the video.

ChemEAngler
03-03-2012, 05:00 PM
I've seen plenty of them while floating the clinch. Catching one is certainly on my bucket list.

Travis, what kind of 8wt did you get?

I have an Orvis Clearwater II. I didn't like the original Clearwater rods because they were just so clunky, but when they released the Clearwater II rods a couple years ago I jumped on one. I have only taken it out of the rod tube twice. :eek:

ChemEangler;

All you need to do to catch them is swing large flies through their path when they are in skinny water and you will hook-up. Large White Lefty's Deceivers work great. The key to the thing is finding them stacked up like they are in the video.

They were definitely stacked up in that one spot!

Corbo
03-03-2012, 07:05 PM
Seems to me it is just above Boone Lake and I bet these Stripers are looking for drop down trout to eat! In one video I see a vehicle moving on the far bank so this must be a spot easily found.

The video is June so I wonder why the stripers would want to be there other than the opportunity of an easy meal.

I "know" a guy on another forum who fly fishes that area and will see if he knows anything about this.

Now as to the tailwaters.... I can tie some pretty decent 10 inch flies on 3/0 and 4/0 hooks that will imitate the local forage pretty well. I'm told the Stripers eat well below Loudon when generating early in the summer mornings.... we would need sinking lines I think.

I've sold both my jet boats but have 16 foot fisher that could get us there if anyone is interested.

Check this fly fishing video of TN stripers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_AI9zItrD8

Knothead
03-03-2012, 08:52 PM
Winter time sees stripers below the Melton Hill power plant where the water is warm and the forage fish are there. Don't know if they can be taken on fly rods. What I have read about MH is fishing with medium or heavy spinning gear and artifical lures. Either way, sounds like fun!

Flat Fly n
03-04-2012, 10:56 AM
Uhhh, yes, they can be taken on a flyrod...........either below the MH dam, Ft. Loudon, Bull Run Steam plant, or Kingston Steam plant, although KSP has dropped off since the spill a few years back. Our best day was 26 stripers in the boat on a clear sky, and 90 degrees!

29# Dean C. (Seagull)..

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee78/tnflyfish/IMG_1337-1.jpg

18# me
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee78/tnflyfish/IMGP0392-1.jpg

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee78/tnflyfish/headtohead.jpg

TN Jed
03-04-2012, 04:51 PM
Corbo:
Thanks for posting the videos…..I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lure that realistic as was shown in the first video! Heck, I don’t ever remember seeing that in any store or catalog. The videos do have me ‘fired-up’…..I’m thinking of dusting off that huge bait caster I’ve used for pike. A couple of years ago I was in a guide’s boat floating between Coldwater and Hwy. 61. I looked down and saw a school of stripers heading upstream – I swear they looked like a fleet of submarines. I sure wouldn’t mind hooking one of those!

Corbo
03-04-2012, 06:59 PM
I looked at all the videos these guys made on the Watuaga very carefully and I see both a road and them kayaking in shallow water around an island hence I went to the map and think I found the spot!

Wade fishing for stripers is awesome fun and I never thought I could do it in TN but this could be the spot to do it. The question is when and during what type of flow?

Boone apparently has stripers with eggs that would by nature seek to spawn in rapidly moving rock laiden water; up in Maine this happen thr last week of June and early July... the videos were posted in June so maybe they were there to try to spawn or perhaps there to chow out on something?

In Maine saltwater Alewife ascend the rivers to spawn in May & June and the stripers chase them up river & then hang around to mate. Perhaps this is why they were there.

I shall need to go up there and do some recon in May & June.

Green Weenie
03-05-2012, 09:30 AM
Corbo,

Not to speak out of turn, but I am always interested. I've caught a few below Melton Hill, but have not ever fished the tailwaters for them. If you want to give it a shot and need someone to go and split some gas money, let me know. I don't have a boat, so anytime anyone says "I have a boat. Anyone wanna go?" I can't resist.