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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Lanier Striper Report 1/21/10

This just in from our ol' buddy Henry Cowen:

Okay so the big chill is hopefully gone. The past 12 days has been a tough go as I have continued to find the fish BUT the cold weather has got them lounging as tree potatoes. Yep…….most of the fish are just being lazy fat and not so happy (kind of lethargic) just hanging in the tree tops. I had a few decent days of a couple of fish caught but for the most part the past 12 days has been a stinker! Finally on Tuesday the fish decided to play fair again. The key is to find the warmer water……..Normal January temps for Lanier’s surface is 45-46 degrees. Most of the creeks we found the fish in were 41-43 degrees and that just won’t cut the mustard. Found some 45 degree temps yesterday further south and got some of our striped friends to eat feathers. Today I sent Unicoi Outfitters trout guide and casting guru Rex Gudgel to some of my holes with warmer water and he nailed 7 stripers from 10-16 lbs on small grey and white Clousers. It sooooo nice when a plan comes together. He found the warm water and the fish were waiting for his offerings. Nice going Rex! Now keep where I sent you a secret……. I am off the water now until Tuesday Jan 26th as I will be up in Somerset, NJ doing a bunch of salt & fresh water presentations in the motherland. Somerset is the BEST fly show in the USA. Will report back by end of next week. See you on the pond!  

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