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 Post subject: Winter striper opportunities with the long rod?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:35 am 
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I have been reading about the striper fishing at Oregon Inlet and off Virginia beach. Here is the article that got me started -- http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/0 ... ly-48.html -- but there are plenty of articles to be found on the Google.

Is anyone chasing these with the long rod?


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 Post subject: Re: Winter striper opportunities with the long rod?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:48 am 
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Aaron, is that you trolling for another ride with Allan by any chance? :D
If so, I'll drive.


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 Post subject: Re: Winter striper opportunities with the long rod?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:41 pm 
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Hmmmm. Perhaps. Allan and I have fished the Roanoke the last few years, but this could sure be interesting.


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 Post subject: Re: Winter striper opportunities with the long rod?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:50 pm 
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Don't think I will be trying it any time soon. Here is a copy of Horsley's recent post:

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
NW WINDS 25 TO 30 KT WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 35
KT...DIMINISHING TO 25 KT LATE. SEAS 4 TO 6 FT. DOMINANT PERIOD 5
SECONDS.

Anyway, Aaron, I was going to call you soon about the Roanoke. I think we should also go try the shad run late March to early April. Supposed to be less crowded and a hoot on 5 and 6 wts.

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 Post subject: Re: Winter striper opportunities with the long rod?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:21 pm 
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That sounds like some tough conditions. I am game for trying shad. I wonder if they are as deep as the stripers or if we might catch them a little closer to the top?


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 Post subject: Re: Winter striper opportunities with the long rod?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:29 pm 
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The shad are on the bottom, but the Roanoke isn't all that deep. Often, when you pull one up, there's mud on the belly. The one time I tried it, fishing downstream from Weldon, I used a 6wt. The flies were heavily weighted "darts", but I was using a floating line. Average fish was a 16" to 18" hickory shad.

Below Weldon, you really need a boat. There just isn't any shore access. Above Weldon, there are several places where you can wade in. Gordon Churchill used to float from Roanoke Rapids down to Weldon during shad season. It could be done in a pontoon, but he used a rubber raft.


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 Post subject: Re: Winter striper opportunities with the long rod?
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There is a small island directly across from the boat ramp at Weldon. On the far side of the island, the channel is narrow and much slower than the main channel. I sat there one day in a small plastic bass pontoon boat and caught a kajillion shad on a 5 wt.and some shad flies that I copied from Croaker. Loads of fun! We also anchored at the downstream end of the island and caught another wagonload.

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 Post subject: Re: Winter striper opportunities with the long rod?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:24 am 
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Hey, Streamer. Any pictures of that magic shad fly? Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Winter striper opportunities with the long rod?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:28 pm 
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Here's the one by Croaker that was posted in the SEFFF Archives .

http://www.southeastflyfishingforum.com ... ml?t=11898

It's Croaker's pattern and I used it successfully in a few different color combos. Croaker can probably expound on his own creation. Let me just say that it works. If Don isn't at L & T, I can show you how I tie it.

Here's a pic I found. Croaker tied this. It's a good 'urn:

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 Post subject: Re: Winter striper opportunities with the long rod?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:17 pm 
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That's a good looking fly. This one looks close: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gPa49Fta8s

Any comments on the pros/cons of one hook style over the other? (I see most people are using a straight hook, like Croaker).

Is that a weed guard on Croaker's version?

For an extra quick sink, this version looks good, too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7NWCbCSxtY&feature=related


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