Re: Fly Fishing Locations Upper Hudson
I have been trying for about 4 years with the last 2 seriously to consistently catch stripers with a fly rod. I live on a very good trib north of hudson and for most my life have been able to catch them with a basic bucktail jig on a spinning rod (well before the big boom 10>15 years ago)
But the flyrod has been my goal. To tell you it has been very inconsistent, meaning never out in the river and limited in the trib. The only (3) stripers that I had success tell me I have the right setup-pattern & depth so that is not what is in question. For the tribs I use a super X 180 grain shooting head, on the river I tried a 550 grain. Since, I have stuck with fishing the tribs. on the flyrod Problem with the tribs is pressure, it's become very tough to fly fish unless it's during weekdays, even then busy pressure puts down fish. I have not been able to figure a successful method out in the main river mostly due to depth, current & tide. For myself I just don't feel my flies (clousers) are reaching the depth necessary for their strike zone, my guess would be 15' or below in the river.
I know on the coastal water flyfishing is very effective but are the depths near the same as the main river ? Seems to me from what I have seen most costal stripers are taken in the serf, flats or off jetties in much shallow depths close to how I fish the tribs.
Maybe between the few of us flying for them we can find an effective method on the big water and share information.
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