Striped bass are arguably the most popular saltwater fly-rod species on both coasts, and they are rapidly becoming a premier freshwater fly-rod target as well. Dozens of superb striper lakes and rivers across this country produce outstanding sport for anglers seeking large, strong fish that eat flies with gusto. Striped bass are hardy, resilient fish that adapt to almost any environment meeting their basic needs.
Catching striped bass on flies can be incredibly exciting and rewarding. Selecting the right fly can make a huge difference on the size and quantity of the stripers being caught. There is one manufacturer that makes all the flies you need.
A Deceiver tied by me. Looking for some new striped bass flies to fill your fly box? Many striped bass anglers have clousers, deceivers, flatwings, Tarbory snake flies, or some variation of these flies in their fly box.
But the striper flies before me left little to the imagination. With their ultrarealistic 3-D eyes and opaque bodies, they looked like stuffed-animal baitfish. Many felt heavy and would likely be a challenge to cast. All of them seemed as if they were trying way too hard to impress the fish — just as you might stumble over words while trying to meet a beautiful woman, when all you really need to do is say hello.
This section provides information about fly fishing for striped bass. Many of the baitfish the stripers are chasing are small, like silversides and sand eels, which are best imitated with saltwater flies. Use the navigation bar on the left to access the different branches of the fly fishing section.
Fly fishing at night for striped bass is a very different endeavor. I want to share two proven patterns developed by Rich Murphy. It is the Bible of striped bass fishing for us long rodders.
The "Striper Slider" is usually the first style of fly that we put in the box when we go striped bass fishing. This type of pattern has taken so many stripers for us over the years, we could easily call it the "Number One! Excellent fly for day, night, or low-light, and works well in calm conditions as well as whitewater.
The dam created Lake Moultrie, the lower of the twin impoundments comprised by the Santee—Cooper reservoir, and trapped thousands of anadromous striped bass swimming in the Cooper and Santee Rivers. Within a decade, those trapped stripers evolved into a landlocked variant, creating a powerful, exciting new fishery. Today, more than 30 states have healthy sweetwater striper populations in both lakes and rivers.
Ryan Collins. Kevin was manning the TowBoat US booth. Kevin and I started by chatting about TowBoat US and how I felt it should be mandatory for every recreational boater on Cape Cod to subscriber to the TowBoat US service-which has literally saved me thousands in towing costs!