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Old 05-19-2017, 01:52 PM
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I caught my first striper on a fly today, followed by a bunch more (around 2 dozen).
Nothing big. The largest was 19". The largest I saw anyone catch was about 25". Still early in Maine.
Even with nothing big, it was a lot of fun. The wind was howling, but it was warm.
This was a one-day-late birthday present. I was 70 yesterday.
I have a question. Does anyone pinch the barbs on striper flies? I ask because a number of them today were really difficult to get out of the fish.
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I caught my first striper on a fly today, followed by a bunch more (around 2 dozen).
Nothing big. The largest was 19". The largest I saw anyone catch was about 25". Still early in Maine.
Even with nothing big, it was a lot of fun. The wind was howling, but it was warm.
This was a one-day-late birthday present. I was 70 yesterday.
I have a question. Does anyone pinch the barbs on striper flies? I ask because a number of them today were really difficult to get out of the fish.
Congratulations on both the milestones.

I don't just pinch my barbs... I grind them down with a Dremel Tool
As I shared in another thread recently;
Once while casting in a high wind, I hooked myself right in the corner on my mouth with a 2/0 Clouser.
Just where you'd want to hook a fish
It never broke the skin and could have been a lot worse, but you're not playing with midge flies out there
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What a great way to enter decade number 7! I'd be happy catching them right now myself. I've been sidelined since last Sunday with some sort of flue, a truly bad one with shakes and sweats, the works. I had to cancel a guided trip today because I'm still not right, the kings are in and I'm grounded.

But you're doing great buddy, keep it up!

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I find that stripers, even in the low 20s, fight like the devil and, as soon as you hook your first one, you realize that your 9wt was not too much rod to bring to the party. Congrats on your milestones. Hoping to catch a low tide on The Cape this weekend for my first striper outing of the season.

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That's a bootin' way to celebrate a birthday.

I'm landlocked and so are the Stripers I chase these days.
I use a light bend down to semi flatten the barb, then a fine file to sweep away the barb before I tie each fly, ( If I leave the barb up and try to file it down, the file tends to grab the edge of the barb and jump & bind, jump & bind. ) ......I'd gladly use a dremel instead, if I had one.

Two dozen Stripers - great work. Take a look at the pad of your thumb on whichever hand you grip the fishes lip with. That roughed up redness, it's called Striper-Rash, isn't it great?

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pelcain, Happy Birthday, sounds lik you got exactly what you wanted!

Striper fishing is for sure on my bucket list!

Good Going!

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