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Greg F

Striper fishing

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Well Tyrone Fly got me thinking about stripers, so I went to the forebay today. I didn't invite anyone because I didn't know what to expect. Got there around 9:30 after making breakfast for the kids and loading the boat. Went to "check 12" first since I thought it was the most likely spot. The fishfinder marked a school 16'-19' deep on 22 feet of water, so I was letting it sink a long time, then hard strips and long pauses. I tried for quite some time with no hits at all. I got tired of hearing the bait dunkers constantly talking so I motored around and fished other spots to see it I could find any more schools, but I ended up back at check 12 in the afternoon. There were some kayakers there so I motored down current a ways till I marked some more fish. There were some fish about 16' deep at this spot. I started getting some soft hits by counting it down less and using short strips varied with pauses, just slowing down the retrieve. Just as I started to figure it out, it was time to go home! Went home and went for a bike ride with my kids.


  1. TyroneFly's Avatar

    I had my wife read your blog and pointed out the balance you have between fishing and family life. Then I asked here about a 8 or 9 wt setup. She didn't say no, but the look I got wasn't exactly a yes either.
  2. Greg F's Avatar
    Just wait till you ask her about the boat!

  3. California Bob's Avatar

    Which forebay were you fishing ? I've never fished any of the forebays(north or central ca) here in Northern California but have heard fishing can be good at times.

    I'm from the East Bay and am looking forward to either boating or float tubing one of them in the future.

    What flies were you fishing ?
  4. Flyandtie1's Avatar
    Hey greg!

    Good report on the forebay, Never fished it...yet.

    Keep up the blogging