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Old 10-27-2010, 11:11 PM
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Question Big stripers in Pleasant? 8wt material?

Wow, it sounds like a trip to Lake Pleasant is in order! Other than a drive-by on my way to Crown King via 4x4 trails about 15 years ago, I've never been there.

In Ryan's post there was mention of a 28lb striper caught last December. I had no idea!

So would it be worthwhile to take the 8wt out and throw big flies for these fish?

I have 4, 5 and 8 wt setups. I assume the 5 would be fine for large-mouth?

I'm also in a float tube, though may have a motorized canoe soon.

Any advice is very much appreciated!
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:26 PM
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You will be able to handle stripers with the 8 wt. Check past posts for fly patterns used to catch stripers at Pleas. Stripers roam after the bait fish. They can be found on top to very deep. Locating them is another story. In a float tube you already have to be in an area holding them. There are plenty of schools of White Bass swimming around and a 5 weight would be a blast. I have landed a lot of bass on a 5 wt. A fish finder is a big help when looking for these fish. Fly colors all white, chart/white, diamond hair minnows, clousers, woolly buggers, and topwater bass bugs and poppers.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:28 AM
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Pleasant is loaded with Stripers, 3 or 4 pound average size. as the water cools more they'll be shallower, chasing shad. A 5 weight rod would work for LM however if your catching them shallow they need to be controlled quickly because of the underwater trees...Cant say enough good about those Sage bass series rods which are roughly 10 and 11 weight rods (290 grain for the smallmouth and 330 grain for the largemouth version) Especially for casting around brush in a hurry.

I havent nailed a larger striper yet on the fly, just little ones under 22 inches. The bite has been deep for decent stripers, just off the bottom in 30 to 40 feet of water (conventional fishing with Spoons)
Fish on Pleasant are all wild so they tune into natural prey, shad for the most part. Anything that mimics a 2 to 4 inch shad will work, preference to white/black and chartruse colors depending on weather and sun. longer leaders help as well as the fish see many anglers every day, they can be line shy.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:15 PM
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stripers on the fly are a blast! havnt been too recently but we chased some boils around and got into quite a few.. nothing real big.. but real fun.

cast into a boil strip fast and hold on.

i lost a good one that im still kicking myself over to some underwater brush so when you hook into em . pull em out!
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:19 AM
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Sweet! Seems like my smaller pike flies will be perfect... I'll have to give it a shot in the next few weeks.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:28 AM
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I wanna do this. Haven't been to Pleasant. Although it must be pleasant there. there any camping facilities there? So I could go over there and spend a few days? Maybe invite a couple of others to camp wi me?

Not meaning to hi-jack...but the comments on this thread seem to know the lake.

In the future, when a thread poses a question in my mind....if I should make an original post with my question.......instead of changing the tune of a thread....pls inform me.

I am not too in tune with what is hi-jacking and what is just further info on a subject at hand.....
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:59 AM
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Doesn't seem like a hi-jack to me but what do I know? There are some nice developed Maricopa County Parks camp grounds with hook-ups, etc. I've often thought of hauling my travel trailer down for a week and fishing the coves from my toon using the methods detailed above. But first up, Unit 9 elk hunt starting Friday so it would be later in Dec. or even Jan. Would be nice to get away from the Flagstaff snow for a time and chase warm water fish. Eat 'em, too.
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:29 AM
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Thank you for the info stoneflynut.
Good information for me.
Hook ups no less. Perfect.

Thanks again.
Eating stripers....? Taste just like chicken?

Not a big fan of fish eating...but know I should eat more fish. I like fish that does not taste like fish. Like fish sticks, cod, halibut? Wonder what stripers taste like.

Perhaps I need to learn to catch them, learn to cook them and eat them too.

That would be a good thing.

Thank you for the perfect information.
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:39 PM
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I caught lots of stripers in San Pablo Bay, SF bay, and the Petaluma River. I never cared much for eating them though, the meat was kinda mushy.
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:51 PM
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I was at Pleasant for Thanksgiving. We were staying on the shore near the spillway. I didn't get to get my line wet though. The winds were pretty fierce. I was hoping to take my float tube out and pull in some striper but will have to next time...
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