Originally Posted by Corbo
These were mostly LARGE stripers that NEED cool water to survive now so their primary reason for being in that particular spot was temperature not food.
Corbo, I would respectfully disagree......partly...
Having seen monster stripers busting trout in the riffles during a pulse of generation on some of our fine tailwaters, I know that they do feed heavily on the trout. In fact, the trout are the main forage species for the stripers while they are in the tailwaters. On low water you will definitely find them in different water than most of the trout but as soon as the current quickens, they are out hunting and can eat a lot of trout. So, yes, they do move up for the cool water, but they also have to eat and those big guys eat a lot.
I do love catching stripers on the fly, but I just hate to see them in the trout waters...