When strip setting goes bad

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Nick Clayton, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. mtskibum16

    mtskibum16 Active Member

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    Talked to Bill at the fly shop and he seems to think there will be plenty more coming. I'm wondering if your right though Brian, and they start getting more lock-jawed in the usual feeding spots as it gets later. This morning I got one hit for sure on a clouser and possibly another light bump when I switched up to an orange comet. I have a feeling there were fish around, just not interested in our offerings.
     
  2. Nick Clayton

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    So what is it that would change their feeding behavior in the same given location? Is it weather? Temps? Just late season behavior? Food sources changing? Or maybe just some sort of internal biological clock that tells them its bearing spawning time?
     
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    No clue, wish I knew. Anyone, anyone? I just have to assume that with fish still up in the straight there has to be fish coming through for a few weeks still if not more.
     
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    My thoughts exactly. My impression is its just a numbers game at this point. A month ago you may show your fly to fifty fish with ten casts when the fish are in. Maybe only a few of them were biters but you hook up. Now the same 10 casts may only put your fly in front of 10 fish, and if the same relative number are players then even though the overall fishing is relatively just the same, your catch rate drops drastically.

    Or at least that's how I see it. Lol. I think the best technique at this point may simply be perseverance.


     
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    I'll tell you what, I hope some more fish roam through this area. I've been getting out a bit and haven't seen a damn thing. It's brutal. And I was casting so well today.
     
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    I fished off Alki on Saturday morning from my boat and got two tiny shakers. water was a little rough, but no love for me. I was using bait on the down riggers and also stripping a fly just below the surface. was hoping for more - but those are the breaks. Keep itup you guys.
     
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    Prior to this post I wasn't familiar with a two hand retrieve but yesterday I used it from the jetty and didn't miss a strike. Took a minute to get the hang of placing the rod securely in my armpit but once I got that figured out I felt like I had better control of my retrieve.
     
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    I have used it sporadically in the past but never stuck with it. For the mid-late October coho fishing the coho were biting really soft and I was missing takes between strips. I forced myself to use the two handed retrieve and was rewarded with one of hottest fish of the year for me. It's so much easier to quickly hookset using the two handed retrieve. It is a little awkward trying to get the rod back in your hand once a nice fish is on! :eek:
     
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    I've always stripped some line off the core and blood knot or double uni the running line back together. A couple light coats of Knot Sense and get back to fishing it.

    Nice reports!