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highway61 05-05-2010 11:46 AM

Rip Trip advice
Hey Rip Trip veterans,

Coming up on the 15th I will going on my first rip trip. (almost got there last year but Keith had to turn back due to weather) I need some advice as to what kind of line(s) and flies I should bring along. On one spool I have a Rio intermediate Outbound and on the other a Rio Outbound DC type 3. Will the type 3 be enough to get the fly down in the rip? As to flies, I have some of the basics, but would like your suggestions. Any other advice would be appreciated too. I'm getting pumped for my first trip!!


flydoc 05-05-2010 11:52 AM

Steve- I would recommend a DC 8 sinking line for the rip trip, in addition to the intermediate line- the heavier sinking line is particularly helpful if there are blues in the mix (they tend to feed higher in the water column than the stripers in the rip). As for flies, I've always had success at the rip with my best impersonation of Juro's Deep Eel:D

FredA 05-05-2010 02:37 PM

As the doctor prescribes, the deep eel is always dependable.

This early the fish will probably eat anything you chuck. Also, this early in the season the blue's may not be as prevelant as later.

Hi density line is always a good bet when the current is running hard.

I like to bring a bunch of old, butt ugly, beat up, rusty hook flies (some or all these criteria apply to all my flies) to feed to the blues.

Guernseybass 05-05-2010 04:09 PM

Not to confuse things for Steve but I got most of my fish at the 'sweet spot' on an intermediate line. I think position was more important than depth, where the rip hits the shore and flattens out :wink:

bobsold 05-05-2010 05:49 PM

The 15th of what. Not May, I hope, as that is way too early.

jimS 05-05-2010 09:10 PM

Steve, all good advice. Bring a pack with your lunch, water, rain jacket, sunscreen, etc. I usually bring an extra 9wt rod. Fishhawk needed it one year.

Let's hope the weather lets us make the trip. Last year we only had one trip due to weather postponements. Looking forward to this scouting trip in a couple of weeks.

highway61 05-06-2010 07:55 AM

Thanks for all the advice. I found Juro's recipe for the deep eel and will tie a bunch up this weekend in several colors and sizes. I'll be adding the DC 8 to my riptide too. How many lines is that I won now? :Eyecrazy: Fred, I have a growing collection of ugly, rusty, beat up flies to feed the may have given me the best extra rod. :cool: I keep meaning to buy an extra tip for the xi2, but for now will carry that extra rod...


Dble Haul 05-06-2010 10:42 AM


Originally Posted by bobsold
The 15th of what. Not May, I hope, as that is way too early.

No, it's not.

striblue 05-07-2010 07:46 AM

It is that weekend... prior to clave....I don't think it early at all. Not form past trips at this time.

juro 05-07-2010 08:18 AM

Fish have cut thru the canal and are showing on the bayside flats. South side numbers increasing, Stage (outside) packed with billions of silversides.

Last night birds were whirling from Strong Island to Andrew Hardings Beach, LOTS of birds but I was not fishing. I will be Sat AM and will report what I find. This morning - not a bird in sight. Whatever it was had turned the corner around the rip.

My guess is that it will be a roll of the migratory dice down there, while early for resident cyclic feeding it could just as easily be in the passing lane on the migratory highway.

I'll be away that week for family events so decided to opt out but I hope it's the latter.

alosa52 05-09-2010 08:34 AM

don't ignor the water between the drop off and the rip.
Don't ignore the water between the drop off and the rip. On several of the Rip Trips that I have been on I have done very well working the beach between the Rip and drop off. Keep your eyes on the water and you may get very surprized at what's there.

Wish that I could join you


Adrian 05-09-2010 07:41 PM

Good observation Larry. :smokin:

First time I noticed the fish in that location was being last out of the boat and watching about a dozen stripers spooking from right next to the beach as everyone else headed South. I did pretty well just rollcasting and working my way down to the rip...

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