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I've thrown about everything in my tackle box at this area and always go home empty handed.  I have seen pictures of people pulling out decent size stripers and hybrid stripes.  Any advice or tips?

The water is a clear/ little cloudy.  Either side of the rock line is a pool thats about 8-12 feet deep at any given time.  

 

Thanks, 

Robert

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Fish the breakline between the fast water and the slow water. Fish will sit on that edge facing the current waiting for food to be swept by. 

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And be stealthy.  Judging by that pic it looks pretty clear and small so the fish will see and feel you coming.  It looks picture perfect for a nice rabbit hair fly thrown in and tumbled through the fast water into the slower slack water.

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A light rod casting a number 0 or 1 silver Mepps spinner.  I would use 6 lb. test line.  I think a size 30 spinning reel is better than the smaller ones.  Just my opinion.  You really need a good smooth drag.

Cast into that white water as close as you can from where that picture was taken.  Retrieve it downstream and let it swing out into the current and bring it back across current, to you.

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What Rambler said. If that didn't work, I'd switch to a white fluke style bait (sluggo, jerk shad, etc), cast into the whitewater, and twitch back. Vary speed based on the day. Don't be afraid to go as fast as you can with strpers and hybrids; they'll catch up.

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Will definitely try the mepps spinner.  I think I am a pretty loud fisherman in my opinion.  I have flukes, but never even thought about that logic about bringing into the white water.  Will definitely try this out in the morning.  Any other lures that might work? I've tried a 1.5 in multiple colors, and actually walked that rocky middle to get one back.

Thanks,

Robert 

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That's a pretty place, I'd be opting for a fly rod.  I have major experience with saltwater stripers but no experience with freshwater ones except the hybrids we have in Florida, sunshine bass.  

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What size stripers are you talking about? Here on Smith Mountain Lake they can get up to 40" + with the average bing in the mid to uper 20" range. Another lake north of SML they only get to be in the mid 20" tops. SML is a clear water lake and zoom super flukes in either white or the pearl ice color is what we use if using artificial.

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Toss a popper right in the heaviest current, then pop it hard like you're trying to break it off and let it drift. This technique works well for anadromous stripers here on the river this time of year. The strikes are fierce. Around here the topwater action really just starts to pick up at sundown and usually continues on for several hours after dark.

Beautiful fishing spot, btw.

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What size stripers are you talking about? Here on Smith Mountain Lake they can get up to 40" + with the average bing in the mid to uper 20" range. Another lake north of SML they only get to be in the mid 20" tops. SML is a clear water lake and zoom super flukes in either white or the pearl ice color is what we use if using artificial.

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Anywhere from24" to the biggest ice seen was about 30" or so.

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Anywhere from24" to the biggest ice seen was about 30" or so.

 

Have you tried a Zoom Super Fluke? Try one in white or pearl ice. First try weightless, then if that doesent work put it on a jig head and swim it back, then if that dosent work try bouncing it along the bottom. Super Flukes is almost all we use when targeting stripers with artificial.

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Have you tried a Zoom Super Fluke? Try one in white or pearl ice. First try weightless, then if that doesent work put it on a jig head and swim it back, then if that dosent work try bouncing it along the bottom. Super Flukes is almost all we use when targeting stripers with artificial.

I have Zoom Super Swimmin' Fluke in White Pearl.  How would I go about rigging this up? 

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Id try it in a couple of different ways. First Id try nose hooking them, then texas riged with no weight, then with a swim bait style hook with the weight formed on the shaft of the hook, then on a jig head.

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I have Zoom Super Swimmin' Fluke in White Pearl.  How would I go about rigging this up? 

Swimming flukes don't take to nose hooking like the standards.  For the swimming go with a jig head or a screw lock weighted EWG hook texposed.

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Well?  How has all of this worked, so far?  We're all anxious to see the pictures!

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Well? How has all of this worked, so far? We're all anxious to see the pictures!

Well, I did get a bite. But they had dammed it off up river cause they are getting ready to fix the foundation of the mill and a lot of the bigger fish had been going down river to find deeper water. They said it should be back up to specks in about 2 months or so. But I do appreciate the information y'all have given me.

-Templeton

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I would try an ultralight-medium light spinning rod throwing jig head streamer flies, small crankbaits, and super fluke juniors. Can into the slow current and just hop the streamer along. Throw across the slower current with the crankbait and slowly reel it across the current. As for the fluke you should put it on a heavier jig head and cast it into the faster white water. Just erratically shake it so it looks like a disoriented baitfish. Also try the fly on each side of the fast water and sort of imagine the fast water as a weed bed and you are fishing the edges. Just what works for me. Hope it helped!

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