Early Season Striped Bass Fly Fishing
Springtime is a good time to catch saltwater striped bass. The Northeast coast
comes alive in the Spring with striped bass and eager anglers that have been
couch potatoes for a few months. A ten pound Striped Bass on a fly rod will
quickly warm anyone up. The bass are well known to be located along the rock
jetties as well as the sandy beaches most of the time, but during early Spring you
will find them in the back bays and tidal waters.
The Striped Bass fishing opportunities get good about the time the water
temperature reaches 50 degrees F. Of course, water in the shallower tidal areas
and creeks off of the back bays warm much quicker than the open ocean water
and this is the prime reason the bass are there.
The fishing is almost always better on an outgoing tide than incoming tide. The
reason is simple. Incoming tides bring the colder ocean water in the bays and the
outgoing tide brings the water river and creek water into the back bays. Inland
water is always water during the Springtime. I'm not certain if the warmer water
attracts the Striped Bass or the baitfish they feed on. It may even be both the
baitfish and the Stripes. Alewife and blueback herring show up at the same time
and that's the main thing that interest the Striped Bass.
The alewifes and herring are there to spawn. They spawn in the tidal waters of
the bays, creek, inlets and rivers that flow into the bays. They first show up at the
mouths of the inlets and migrate into the back country areas. The bass follow
them eating just about as many as they desire. Canals leading off the bays and
estuaries are good places for the Striped Bass to hold and attack their prey and
a good place for you to catch them on a fly rod.
Some of these areas can be accessed from the banks. Canals and creeks are
the usual place for bank anglers. Other areas can be waded. Most areas require
a shallow draft boat. The fishing is usually best in the late afternoons when the
water is usually warmer.
In the early part of the Spring season you may need to use a sinking or sinking
tip line. The fish usually hold in deeper water during the early season cold water.
As the water warms, the fish begin to feed in shallower water.
Our Perfect Fly Bunker Fly and Perfect Fly Herring flies work great for this early
season fishing. Several other Perfect Fly patterns are productive depending on
the water color, type of water and time of the Spring Season.
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