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Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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afish,

thanks for putting all that info in one place. much appreciated.

Posted on: 2011/4/25 17:09
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Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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Well, gave it a shot today from around 11am till 3 pm at the Fairmount Dam. Water was incredibly muddy, wasn't able to see any fish unless they basically were breaching the surface. What I did see were shad.

Foul hooked a couple of shad, but that was it. No bass. Fished a variety of deceivers and clousers on the swing w/ my spey. Had a heavy sink tip on, so hopefully things were getting down. Had a tough time getting the sort of swings I would have liked. Current was strong and my casting was awful. Been awhile since I was out with the spey rod and room was very limited. I think I hit myself in the back of the head 3 times. If that was how I casted normally, I'd offer that rod free to a good home. What a disgrace.

Saw lots of shad even in that chocolate milk. Tried some smaller stuff to get them, and managed a few follows, but no luck.

Might try it again when the water clears.

For those that have fished this area before for stripers -- are they normally visible in clearer water, or is it hard to spot fish here due to the current?


Posted on: 2011/4/25 17:17
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Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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Greenlander strip strip strip pause and count down till you hit bottom swinging flies does work for stripers but they are more of a ambush predator and they like to chase a fly down like a smallie . I might be heading out in the late afternoon today in the airport area let me know if you want to meet up . It would be a nice spot for overhand spey .Also stripers don't like the sun best times to fish are low light times and moving water

Posted on: 2011/4/26 5:29
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Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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Hmm, I just assumed swinging was a viable method. Well, I'll know better next time. Though I will say, I can't imagine being able to strip and let the fly sink in that current. It seemed like dead drift and swing were the only available options ... unless you fished out-of-current water right along the rocks/shore.

I'd definitely take you up on the offer to meet by the airport if it weren't game 7 tonight. :) I'd love some first hand advice on finding and hooking stripers in the river.

I'll definitely be out looking for them again soon.

Posted on: 2011/4/26 12:25


Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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Go Flyers!!!! Greenlander, I am planning on heading up and fishing a couple hours around the Burlington Bristol Bridge tomorrow morning if you are interested. High tide is around 0930 there and I will probably get there around 8 after I get done work. Also thinking about hitting the airport area tomorrow night as well. High tide there is around 1930. I'll shoot you a PM with my cell number if you are interested.

Posted on: 2011/4/26 19:17


Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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I hope the shad start finding their way up the Skuke now that the ladders are in. Last year they shocked it during the run and I think they only found two above the ladder. I might give it a go below the dam, but hitting the Conshy area would be a much more convienent stop after work.

Posted on: 2011/4/26 20:23


Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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Bam: Here is a hint regarding the Schuylkill R. American shad. Over 2500 went through the Fairmount Dam fishway last spring (2010). In years when this occurs, where is the next logical upriver place for an angler to look for them?

Posted on: 2011/4/27 12:46


Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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Easy enough...

Posted on: 2011/4/28 13:20


Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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Anyone with any suggestions for spots near washington crossing?

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Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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scudders falls would be the closest. when the river is back down to normal fish around the island between the falls and 95 bridge area. lots of stripers there and nice sizes. caught a 25 lber there.

Posted on: 2011/4/29 6:43
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Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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Don't want to hijack the thread, but I watched the Fairmount Dam cam for about 3 minutes the other day and counted 13 shad pass through. Don't know what species, but I'm assuming American. Most seemed to be in the 12-16 inch range.

Posted on: 2011/4/29 8:18


Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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Quote:

bam wrote:
Don't want to hijack the thread, but I watched the Fairmount Dam cam for about 3 minutes the other day and counted 13 shad pass through. Don't know what species, but I'm assuming American. Most seemed to be in the 12-16 inch range.


There were shad everywhere just below the dam when I was there the other day. The two I foul hooked and brought in were probably on about 16" and the other about 22".

I might go back to target the shad instead of the stripers.

Posted on: 2011/4/29 10:30


Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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any recommended flies for shad? I know the shad darts are very popular, so I'm guessing maybe some white bucktail or marabou tied on a chartruse or red jig head...


Posted on: 2011/4/29 12:07


Re: The Delaware R. stripers are in

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These are what I have used for years;

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