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: Fish were caught on the Hudson today

04-16-2005, 05:10 PM
Well, I finally got the Hudson skunk off today.

There were fish on the shallow water flats- for a moment I thought I was on Monomoy :lildevl: I would never have expected to be sight casting to stripers in New York State! They were pretty spooky having been hammered the night before but after a few follows and missed strikes I had one of about 20 inches.

There were keepers gliding around in the shallows.

A return trip is a definite, if the tide and weather align the way they did today.

Back to the Housie tommorow morning - tides are perfect :D .

Is it my immagination or are we experiencing something called Springtime?


04-16-2005, 05:26 PM
Adrian you made the right choice as to Ct opening day. I had ICE in my guides most of the morning. Managed to get two trout. Very difficult conditions. Fished my usual opening day spot with only three other anglers all day.
Great report on the Hudson. What fly did you use the Hollow Fly.
FishHakw :D

Jim Miller
04-16-2005, 07:08 PM
Hey Adrian
If you don't mind...where on the river where you fishing? We usually trailer the boat down to fish the Saugarties, NY area......but I was thinking the water was still too high and cold. Thanks in advance for any info. Glad to hear you did well ! :biggrin:

04-17-2005, 04:45 AM

Tiied the hollow fly but they would only follow - same with the clouser :lildevl: I ended up getting them to hit a small brown/orange worm pattern with a palmered body.

Jim, we were in the Croton area. The main river was capuccino colored but there were still fifty or so boats between Croton Point and the Tappan Zee fishing a tourney. It looked like everyone was bait fishing. The tributaries are running clear. I didn't get a water temp but I would guess mid to high 40s by now.

04-18-2005, 10:15 AM

What day where you there? I saw a few Yakers out there on Saturday Morning. Hopefully you spanked them like I did Sat. I managed 17 on the fly rod using a White, Pink, Greay & Peacock Herl Deciever on a 250grn in 4-6ft of water. Was actully hooking up more than my uncle using a spinning rod. On the day I closed out with 17 on the fly and 28 on spinning gear. Only fished from 7am to 10:30am. Did you see a Maritime Skiff ( 20D ) with big center console? That was me.

My biggest fish of the day was 9lbs on the fly.

On friday night I managed over a hundred fish with 23 of them weighing over 11lbs!!!! What a night!! I had the fly rod but I left all my flies in the car!!! :mad:

Saturday night was fruitless but if you had a Yak you could of picked up fish upwards of 30lbs in the shallows!!! We saw birds diving and HUGE fish blitzing but I couldnt get close enough. I sat in 2ft of water and watched as MONSTER fish hit herring in 1ft or less. It was totally nuts ... but all I could do is watch. :mad:

04-18-2005, 10:20 AM
Send me a PM and I can let you know Tides, Conditions and up to the minute catch reports. I have friends out everyday as well as myself whos been out everyday after work for almost 3wks. As you know this is my home waters and have been doing the spring thing for 10+ years. I know that place like the back of my hand.

Jim Miller
04-18-2005, 10:32 AM
Geese crushed them!
Please send some north......or maybe I should trailer welcome the Bass to upstate. :D
Any signs of the spawners yet?.....I'm assuming you are seeing mostly holdovers?
It's encouraging that you are getting them on the fly.....I've had trouble enticing them to hit a fly once in spawning mode & in the cloudy water prevelant in the spring.
Keep the stories and tips coming....much appreciated.
Maybe this weekend! :wink:

just re read your post....I guess the big girls have arrived!

04-18-2005, 10:50 AM

No these are fresh fish .... Holdovers have a ghostlike appearance... very washed out coloration. The fish Ive been catching the last few weeks are BRIGHT with deep black lines, pinkish cheeks and beautiful green and lavender tones on their back. Real healthy good looking fish. There is alot of Juvie fish around 2-5lbs around but they have been real spunky fighters. Some even pulled the drag. The bigger fish I found hit like a ton of bricks. The 9lb fish actually got me into backing in seconds. Water temps were 48-52 Saturday. When fishing the Murky water.. look for any area with a freshwater outflow. Fish the seam where the water changes from Coffe to Clear. I like to use Long decievers ( not fancy ) with a Grey and Peacock herl on the back. I use white saddle and whit bucktail with a little pink or chartruse mixed in on the top ( under the Gray and Herl ). Although Saturday I used a short 5" fly on a #2/0 Varivas hook.

04-18-2005, 12:01 PM
Steelhead Mike , great report. Up here in Beantown we are about a couple weeks away from the big show. If you ever get a chance to post a shot of the deciever that would be great. FishHawk :D

Jim Miller
04-18-2005, 12:16 PM
Thanks Mike
great info...gets me psyched to get out and give it a try. Croton is about a 3 hour drive south for me.......but if they are biting......I''m there!
I also have a few new herring patterns to try out.. ;)

btw: where's a good ramp to launch a 21' Grady in the Croton area? NY side would be easiest for me.

04-18-2005, 01:45 PM

Ossining launch would be closest to the fishing grounds. Next would be Georges Island Park then Peekskill.

04-18-2005, 09:00 PM
Jim- this is a fairly complete list of Hudson launches with some info/descriptions

Hudson launches (

The derby results, btw-

striped bass derby (

Jim Miller
04-18-2005, 09:49 PM
Thanks Wes!

04-19-2005, 08:29 AM
Whats funny is the Striper Contest was Saturday and Sunday. I counted at one point 38 boats in the area I was fishing in. I motored up to a few boats and asked them how they were doing .... they all had the same answer.. " A few Shorts .. a couple of Cats.." Yet I was fishing less than 300 yds from them and getting fish up to 9lbs on the fly and light tackle spin. Go figure??? :chuckle:

Jim Miller
04-19-2005, 11:26 AM
From the looks of the Striper Contest.....only smaller fish were caught...21Lb winner!
In the next few weeks...a lot of bigger fish will be showing.

BTW: Mike, I think I know why you were doing better than the chunkers.
Knowledge, experience. intensity, local info............and so forth! :D
Keep those reports coming brother!