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bigduck10 05-20-2010 04:03 PM

Ideas for the Chesapeake
Heading to Maryland next week to hit the big bay and chase some Stripers on the fly. Any advice for fly's besides Clousers, Deceivers, and some top water plugs?


Quentin 05-20-2010 05:39 PM

I haven't fished the bay in many years, and when I did it was before I started flyfishing, but one technique that worked great for me was to cast beyond a bridge piling, let my jig sink down, and then retrieve it as fast as I could. Everything I read about stripers at the time said "deep and slow", but for me, ripping the jig past the pilings produced a hit nearly every time. I was using bucktail jigs, but I'm sure it would work with a clouser and fast-sinking fly line also. One thing you'll have to be careful about is scraping and/or tangling your fly line on the piling -- fly lines are a bit more costly to replace than mono!

Hope this helps! Good luck, and please let us know how you do. We don't get many reports from that area.


bigduck10 05-21-2010 02:47 PM

Thanks for the info. I will let you know. Went last year but a week earlier than this year. They opened up the gates on the Susquehanna because of all the rain in Pa the week before I got there. The water was very cloudy but I still managed 2 nice Stripers. 15.7 lbs and 11 lbs. Both on my 10 weight.
Not a problem this year with the water. They have had a normal spring so it should be pretty good.


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