Those stripers have definitely been eating well
I agree that catching one on a fly seems super elusive. Especially for me. I have thrown about everything at them and only once had a slight chase. Not that I could have landed the fish; just wanted to give it a try...I saw several guys throwing 10-12" rapalas at them this week. I assume those are working well on low flows. The rest of the time; it seems that fisherman balloon float for them during high water.
Again, great catch and fabulous fish! I would like to land one to add to the bucket list.
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Sadly the only ones I have ever hooked on the fly in the Clinch were briefly "hooked" after eating a trout I was fighting. I have caught piles of them below Fort Loudon Dam on a fly, but nothing even close to that big. I think the biggest one I ever caught on a fly was around 20 lbs and on an 8 wt it was an absolute handful.
Both of those fish fought as visciously as any fish, fresh or saltwater I have caught. The shear power and speed they have is mind boggling. I personally think stripers are a magnificent game fish, but they need to be restricted to areas where Shad are prolific and they don't do massive damage to another sport fish population.
In full disclosure those came on live bait, sans balloon. The live bait of choice is a 10"-12" rainbow. Stocker rainbows don't work so well because they have a piss poor work eithic, you need to the fiesty ones. It sucks to kill trout to do this, but killing a few to save many makes it a little more tolerable.
Kill them all.
I forgot to ask.... Did you check out what they've been eating?
I'm sure those pigs consumed a ton of trout in their day.
No need to feel bad about the bait sacrifice....Those beast would have ate your offerings sooner or later.
Oh yea....why are you posting on the message board today. Get your butt back out there and eliminate some more.
Were these recent photos? Do I need to send bounty checks out? Still, impressive fish.
For those in the know. Can you take a striper with a bow as in what the carp guys do? Both are trash fish in my opinion. You can't eat either carp or stripers according to the signs by the ramps, so it should be legal. Right?
I hope I don't miss a carp with my bow and just happen to hit a striper. What a shame that would be! What this project needs the the Duck Commander dudes!
I am a great admirer of spectator sports, especially on television; it keeps the riffraff off the trout streams.