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Old 10-15-2006, 09:42 PM
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10/15 - If I'd hooked even 5% of the fish I saw today

If I'd hooked even 5% of the fish I saw today it would have been a phenominal day, especially if I could have picked which 5% I wanted to hook . I was in RI this weekend and spent lots of time on my favorite beach. On Saturday I got a few schoolies blindcasting, and I sight-casted, hooked and lost a much larger fish. Today I got a couple schoolies and a sea robin right after first light, then chased birds and bait for a while without much more success. Saw lots of other flyfishers out there but nobody that I knew (that I know of). They all left as the tide got near low, but I stuck around because I had seen some good fish during the incoming on Saturday. I went up on the dune to look down the beach and saw brown clouds of bait all along the beach (anchovies? silversides?). I stuck with the bait for the next few hours and saw hundreds of stripers but only caught one more (and a bird ). The fish were cruising the beach in both directions and also charging in from the deeper water. There were fish chasing bait at my feet several times. I got many, many good shots but they ignored or turned away from my offerings. And they weren't all small fish. At one point, as the tide and the waves got higher, I looked up to see a nice striper coming out of a wave right at me with its mouth open. If I was quicker I almost could have lipped if right out of the wave . It was amazing to see so many fish and have a front-row view of the action, but it was very frustrating to have so many chances and still not figure out how to get them to hit the fly.

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Old 10-15-2006, 09:45 PM
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How small was the bait?

Also, did you observe the fish swimming in a pattern leading up to the point where they would attack or only where they attacked?
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Old 10-15-2006, 10:37 PM
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Bait was 2-3". I had some pretty good imitations, and I also tried stuff that stood out from the crowd. Sometimes the fish were cruising in singles or pairs right along the shore. You could see the holes in the bait when the fish swam through. Sometimes the fish were swimming farther out, then charging in to attack. Lots of times they snuck up on me. I'd be scanning for fish and suddenly the fish would be right there. I tried to get some pics and videos but they didn't come out. I should have spent more time with the camera because I might have gotten some good photos. I was tempeted to test the underwater mode but I just cant bring myself to dunk the camera in saltwater.

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I agree with Quentin that the bite has really turned on. I spent a couple of days out in the kayak at Watch Hill. Fish on both sides. I had no trouble hooking up in the bait pods including a major blitz on the inside. Had the right recipe on the first cast and never changed flies all day. Some kids were sein netting on Sandy Point and I stopped to observe on the way out. Soo glad I did. Three inch silversides and chovies. The Flyfishmich epoxy chovie is killer in light tan Thanks again Rick!!!!!! Looks like next weekend should be insane if this keeps up and the rain doesn't ruin things.

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Old 10-16-2006, 07:02 PM
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. . . I had no trouble hooking up in the bait pods including a major blitz on the inside. Had the right recipe on the first cast and never changed flies all day. Some kids were sein netting on Sandy Point and I stopped to observe on the way out. Soo glad I did. Three inch silversides and chovies. The Flyfishmich epoxy chovie is killer in light tan Thanks again Rick!!!!!! . . . .

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Here's one of the flies I tied for the trip. This is what I used all day Saturday and most of the time on Sunday while I tried various presentations to try to get the fish to hit. Maybe I should have moved away from the bait??

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Here's a quick question: I was working thr RI salt last weekend and hooked a great number of blues and a few strippers on the fly by chasing birds offshore. Is there any good way to tell a school of blues from a school of strippers by watching birds alone? Or are often the strippers hanging below the blues on the surface picking up the bait scraps from above? There must be a few of you salty enough to know the answer. I want more strippers! Thanks for the insight.
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Not sure if this is 100%, but my experience is when there are blues in the mix, you won't see a single bird sitting in the water - I think for obvious reasons.
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I want more strippers!
I remember back when I would say the same thing.
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RI is definitely the place for Strippers.

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Here's one of the flies I tied for the trip. This is what I used all day Saturday and most of the time on Sunday while I tried various presentations to try to get the fish to hit.
Quentin,
When I look at the epoxies that I tie in the water, the most visible component are the reflective eyes and "belly". Both silversides and anchovies are predominantly "clear/opaque" with the exception of their belly section, which is usually quite silver. Try wrapping your hook shank with pearl braid (to build it up) and then flat clear reflective tinsel before you epoxy it. For some reason, my flies seem to work regardless of who is throwing them (sorry Phil ) and that is the only real difference I can see between your pattern and mine.
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