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    Default The most stripers ever!

    Where are all the striper guys at?

    Over the last few weeks I've noticed more and more stripers moving up higher and higher on the Clinch River than ever before. Over the years I've seen some large schools here and there but all of a sudden I'm seeing small trout death squads moving and killing trout.

    Last week we had three trout on the line that were taken away from us by stripers and countless others that had stripers chasing them while we were bringing them in.

    On Monday, it was like watching trout rise. As we drifted down river we watched stripers rolling and thrashing everywhere. Just like trout rising to a hatch.

    It was a little concerning to say the least. I know we've had stripers migrating up river for a long time now....but I've never seen them this thick or voracious. Where are the striper killers at these days. :-/

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    I've heard about them moving up but have never seen them. Where have you noticed them on the clinch?

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    The striper guys are out and about. Unless you are fishing the high water (2 gens) early in the morning, you probably won't see them.

    I've been with them recently, and can post some pictures of absolute monsters that were taken from the river if it eases your mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grannyknot View Post
    I've been with them recently, and can post some pictures of absolute monsters that were taken from the river if it eases your mind.
    Not worried about peace of mind, but pictures of monster stripers? Yes please!!! I miss chasing the stripers this time of year. Glad someone is having fun...
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    Just to clarify, they weren't taken on fly rods.
    I'll see if I can find some camera phone shots.

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    Default Need to see some striper pics!!

    Granny,

    would love to see some striper pics.

    Breck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breck View Post
    Granny,

    would love to see some striper pics.

    Breck
    Hang on now guys, I don't think that kind of stuff is allowed on the board! Oh wait, you said striper pics, not stripper pics.

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    I saw them in every pool that had at least 3 foot of water from Massengill Bridge to Hwy 61.

    They can be caught on low water using the same gear tactics as high water....and a solid 8 - 10 weight fly rod could do it too. Use large (8" -10" flies).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockyraccoon View Post

    Over the last few weeks I've noticed more and more stripers moving up higher and higher on the Clinch River than ever before. Over the years I've seen some large schools here and there but all of a sudden I'm seeing small trout death squads moving and killing trout...

    ...On Monday, it was like watching trout rise. As we drifted down river we watched stripers rolling and thrashing everywhere. Just like trout rising to a hatch.
    About two weeks ago, we saw the same kind of activity between Peach Orchard and the bridge. We were catching a few rainbows, including a couple of nice fish, on wooly buggers and BPHTs, but we were also surprised at how many “wolf packs” of 3 or more stripers we saw cruising in very shallow water. A few minutes after having a group of three large fish come within oar’s length of the boat before spooking, I caught a 12’ stocker, which we decided was the perfect size for striper bait. We rigged it on a bait caster with a balloon and let it swim down stream. Soon after, we saw the group of three heading in the direction of the bait.

    After a few more minutes, the balloon started moving around nervously. The little trout went airborne trying to escape, but was followed by a huge wake. The fight was on. About 15 or 20 minutes later, I finally brought this 40 lb., 44 inch monster to the boat.











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    Now that's what I'm talking about right there! Great fish!!!
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