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Fly Fishing Q&A

JohNNyG

New Member
Funny......no mention of the Zonker. White or olive on a 5wt sink tip will catch smallmouth and stripers all day long, as long as you're fishing where there's fish.
 
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TR.

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TR,

what weight line and pole are you using to reach out to skittish stripers? I know I asked you this years ago, but I can't remember now. You are the flymaster on the lake as far as I know, so no one better to ask since I'm in the market for a new pole and reel...
IMHO if I was looking for one rod for the lake I would probably go with a 7 weight. I would get a reel with an extra spool and get an intermediate sink and floating line. I would go with money on the rod and not so much on the reel as you need the casting but not the drag for the lake. With a 7 you could fish for stripers and green bass on the same rod. I fish an 8 for stripers and a 6 for green bass but for one rod I would compromise and get a 7. I would also look for a fast action rod as this is very much like saltwater fishing and a high line speed rod that doesn’t break down with a lot of line out is the ticket. The one caveat is a good warranty on the rod you do get. Orvis Clearwater does stick out to me as a great bargain and a great rod however my disclaimer is that I am an Orvis endorsed guide.

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TR.

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Being an avid Fly fisherman, I've caught a 6 1/4 lb cutthroat on a fast river on my 10ft 5 wgt rod. Probably handle a 10 lb or better
6 wgt for up to 15-20 lb and seen 35 lb fish caught on a 7 wgt. Some depends on skill level and luck. Have caught really big fish on 5x tippett then lost the same on 2-3x.
I'm a cheapo and have caught as many fish if not more on my $150 fenwick fly rod as the $1000 winston boys
I'd like to see TR's flies for stripers, and suggestions also
Tight Lines
OK, I have been debating posting this for a few weeks. Guess the lake is big enough for all of us. here you go, my top secret go to. It is super simple...so much so that you can’t believe it works. I have watched schools of early season stripers turn turn, whole school, and fight for this fly. It is not my original design and I can’t take credit for it. it works. Every time. Sick. EP fibers on a hook, super simple 60 second tie. I tie different lengths based on the time of the year a (size of bait). Here you go:

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Squirrel

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I enjoyed watching TR tie them up at the “2014” South Rally, by flashlight at Lone Rock Beach. Good times long ago. I still have some in my fly box. Sq
 

BrianID

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OK, I have been debating posting this for a few weeks. Guess the lake is big enough for all of us. here you go, my top secret go to. It is super simple...so much so that you can’t believe it works. I have watched schools of early season stripers turn turn, whole school, and fight for this fly. It is not my original design and I can’t take credit for it. it works. Every time. Sick. EP fibers on a hook, super simple 60 second tie. I tie different lengths based on the time of the year a (size of bait). Here you go:

Looks like a classic "guide fly". Very simple to tie but most importantly I'm sure it will catch fish. Do you stick with "blue and white" or do you also use chartreuse and white? Thank you for sharing it.
 

Dworwood

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OK, I have been debating posting this for a few weeks. Guess the lake is big enough for all of us. here you go, my top secret go to. It is super simple...so much so that you can’t believe it works. I have watched schools of early season stripers turn turn, whole school, and fight for this fly. It is not my original design and I can’t take credit for it. it works. Every time. Sick. EP fibers on a hook, super simple 60 second tie. I tie different lengths based on the time of the year a (size of bait). Here you go:

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The secret is out! 😉
 

TR.

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Looks like a classic "guide fly". Very simple to tie but most importantly I'm sure it will catch fish. Do you stick with "blue and white" or do you also use chartreuse and white? Thank you for sharing it.
I have not used chartreuse however it is worth the shot. Sometimes just grayish white, sometimes white, or sometimes a few blue threads. It is never turned down if you can get it to them so I haven’t tried other colors, but if I did it would be chartreuse. For where the fly was originally intended I would use mono for thread but at the lake it doesn’t seem to matter so I just tie with white. Guess I’ll have to try chartreuse now. :)

TR
 

broski

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I enjoyed watching TR tie them up at the “2014” South Rally, by flashlight at Lone Rock Beach. Good times long ago. I still have some in my fly box. Sq
I remember this evening well, although I believe it was because I was extracting the "Nitro Circus" crew from their sand-cauphagus... I don't remember actually getting to see TR tie flies though. We need to resurrect the rallies, maybe this fall!
 
We just got back last night and used fly rods a bunch for slurps. I used a 7 wt with a floating line and small 1" white clousers for the most part and it was deadly. I agree that boat control is the key. We found that if I could slide in along the side of the stripers going the same direction as the fish, you could cast about 5' in front of the fish and get bit almost every time. If you tried coming up directly behind them and casting over them they would spook almost every time. If the they were coming straight t you it was very tough to get the fly moving fast enough from a moving boat to get bit and then set a hook. We have done well in the past with a crease fly as the Summer progresses and the shad get bigger. I too have used anything from a 5-8 wt rods so just bring what you have and that you cast well at distance. I do like a 10' rod for a bit more distance and also the ability to move a lot of line if need be when fish are at tougher angles and you need to manipulate the fly using the rod.IMG_2197.jpg
 

Outside

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OK, I have been debating posting this for a few weeks. Guess the lake is big enough for all of us. here you go, my top secret go to. It is super simple...so much so that you can’t believe it works. I have watched schools of early season stripers turn turn, whole school, and fight for this fly. It is not my original design and I can’t take credit for it. it works. Every time. Sick. EP fibers on a hook, super simple 60 second tie. I tie different lengths based on the time of the year a (size of bait). Here you go:

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OK, I have been debating posting this for a few weeks. Guess the lake is big enough for all of us. here you go, my top secret go to. It is super simple...so much so that you can’t believe it works. I have watched schools of early season stripers turn turn, whole school, and fight for this fly. It is not my original design and I can’t take credit for it. it works. Every time. Sick. EP fibers on a hook, super simple 60 second tie. I tie different lengths based on the time of the year a (size of bait). Here you go:

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We had to downsize for early slurps this last weekend and the hooks on these baby shad were horrible for striper... These look perfect, I cant wait to try this EP and the Tuscan this season!

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dicksturn

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OK, I have been debating posting this for a few weeks. Guess the lake is big enough for all of us. here you go, my top secret go to. It is super simple...so much so that you can’t believe it works. I have watched schools of early season stripers turn turn, whole school, and fight for this fly. It is not my original design and I can’t take credit for it. it works. Every time. Sick. EP fibers on a hook, super simple 60 second tie. I tie different lengths based on the time of the year a (size of bait). Here you go:

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Simple Slays Fish. Just had to dig this out from the Alaska tackle box from 25 yrs ago, to find the Sockeye killer. Actually red & white was the best then, tied with calf hair. Now can be re-purposed. Thanks For sharing everyone.
 

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FlyGuy1998

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Headed down for my first trip to Powell (picture is a wiper I caught at Willard bay on a size 10 wholly sight fishing carp)

I fish the Weber, and the ogden mostly, have had a lot of luck throwing flies at pineview. I’m a little intimidated by Powell, and wondering if anyone has any tips, we’ll be camped in padre bay, and all I have to fish off of is a paddle board.. (in-laws don’t want me fishing on their fancy ski boats) from what I’ve read I don’t think there is anyway I can chase down a slurp from a paddle board.. I want to cast to slurping/boiling stripers so bad.. but don’t know if it’s even possible, I’d love to have a conversation with anyone willing to help me out, let me know and I can give you my phone number, any help would be appreciated, thanks!
 

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PBR

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Headed down for my first trip to Powell (picture is a wiper I caught at Willard bay on a size 10 wholly sight fishing carp)

I fish the Weber, and the ogden mostly, have had a lot of luck throwing flies at pineview. I’m a little intimidated by Powell, and wondering if anyone has any tips, we’ll be camped in padre bay, and all I have to fish off of is a paddle board.. (in-laws don’t want me fishing on their fancy ski boats) from what I’ve read I don’t think there is anyway I can chase down a slurp from a paddle board.. I want to cast to slurping/boiling stripers so bad.. but don’t know if it’s even possible, I’d love to have a conversation with anyone willing to help me out, let me know and I can give you my phone number, any help would be appreciated, thanks!
Find different in-laws. Ha! Ha!
 

wayne gustaveson

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Headed down for my first trip to Powell (picture is a wiper I caught at Willard bay on a size 10 wholly sight fishing carp)

I fish the Weber, and the ogden mostly, have had a lot of luck throwing flies at pineview. I’m a little intimidated by Powell, and wondering if anyone has any tips, we’ll be camped in padre bay, and all I have to fish off of is a paddle board.. (in-laws don’t want me fishing on their fancy ski boats) from what I’ve read I don’t think there is anyway I can chase down a slurp from a paddle board.. I want to cast to slurping/boiling stripers so bad.. but don’t know if it’s even possible, I’d love to have a conversation with anyone willing to help me out, let me know and I can give you my phone number, any help would be appreciated, thanks!
Get out very early in the morning and again at evening twilight. Scan the surface for any disturbances. Hopefully, there will be a school close to shore so you can run to it and then cast. It is likely they will come up in the same area both morning and evening. Once you know their location you may be able to paddle to that spot the next day before they come up again. It is a challenge and much easier with a motor boat. I just hope you can have a great event from one or more striper slurps.
 

TR.

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Headed down for my first trip to Powell (picture is a wiper I caught at Willard bay on a size 10 wholly sight fishing carp)

I fish the Weber, and the ogden mostly, have had a lot of luck throwing flies at pineview. I’m a little intimidated by Powell, and wondering if anyone has any tips, we’ll be camped in padre bay, and all I have to fish off of is a paddle board.. (in-laws don’t want me fishing on their fancy ski boats) from what I’ve read I don’t think there is anyway I can chase down a slurp from a paddle board.. I want to cast to slurping/boiling stripers so bad.. but don’t know if it’s even possible, I’d love to have a conversation with anyone willing to help me out, let me know and I can give you my phone number, any help would be appreciated, thanks!
Happy to talk, I’ll PM you. Right time of the year paddle boards are a go.
 
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