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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: 4D - valley of the bad wind
Re: Stripped bass Lake Arthur question
I used to fish for wipers on Arthur with a fly rod quite a bit. Only fly I ever needed was a size 4 or 6 chartreuse/white clouser with a red throat. Mornings are best and on cloudy days, the action can be all day. 10 fish days were common as were 10 pound fish. Biggest I've seen was 18. Get out there now. Bigger fish now too. Those fish have to be coming full force when hitting a fly.. And other than hooking steelhead on the grand or Catt, there isn't a fish that will scream a drag and get you into your backing like wipers. I've caught 30 pound stripers in raystown on a fly. In my experience, Pound for pound wipers are the hardest fighting freshwater fish other than a chrome skamania steelhead.
Once the boats start its over. Hint: find where the bottom will heat up quicker... The baitfish will be there. Size 6 is better now and 4 will be better in May.
It's a good spot. Just not today.