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Old 01-04-2007, 08:40 AM
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Frank, allot of talk on the boards about the Spring run.
Whats you thoughts on the Spring and catching with the fly rod? Do you work the Bays up your way in the Spring with a fly?
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:35 AM
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Yes, and no. The answer depends upon how one defines spring. I know I sound like Bill Clinton, but for us -- between Montauk and Cutty -- there are two arrivals: the April schoolies, which are very small and late May when the large come. Once the bass, of any size, arrive, one can fish for them any way at all. I have never altered my methods to accommodate the seasons. Rather, I fish with what I like and feel like doing, which does include fly fishing. In the bays, I almost always choose fly fishing because the forage is best immatated with fly fishing -- shrimp, juvie worms, crabs. Turkey hunting has interfered with my recent spring fishing because I lose all of May. But some years, inspite of them being small, I get in some schoolie fishing in late April in a tight period. However, three or four years ago I had a schoolie go into my backing before I dropped him which was way larger than the usual April dinks. I have never caught even a 26 incher around RI in April. It is just too early no matter what you use. The large are partying down south.
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[quote=Frank Daignault;228205]Yes, and no. I know I sound like Bill Clinton,

Bill Clinton also likes 'em large.
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Old 01-25-2007, 03:20 PM
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A think I have to emphasize is that people get overly horsed over spring fishing and it is a disservice to encourage fishing that is done too early. Now, my remarks are based upon my northern reference and it has to be understood that I lack experience in many parts of the striper coast. i cannot be all things to all things and I want readers here to understand that.
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