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    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=giHie...eature=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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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...eature=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!

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    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?
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilson10 View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Corbo View Post
    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!

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    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

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    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!

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    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!

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