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Fly Punk - Issue 5

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  • Trout
  • Bass
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  • Anglers
  • Casting
  • Rivers
  • Marble
  • Striped

with a fly rod is done

with a fly rod is done in tidal estuaries, herring runs or salt ponds. Often we're looking to get out of the wind and into an area where we can see signs of life. Nothing is worse than blind casting in salt water, in a word it can be described as demoralizing. It's not fun, it takes a lot of effort and you're often rewarded with absolutely nothing. We really like to find the fish, and often those aren't the larger of the fish. The small “schoolies” or fish under twenty nine inches will feed all day and out in the open. That isn't to say their instinct to seek cover doesn't come into play but it often gets overshadowed by their insatiable appetite for forage. Bass are always hungry and there aren't many times they'll pass up a meal. We often look for splashing or bait moving around or birds picking up scraps that float to the surface during a blitz to find the fish. That being said, the majority of Bass activity, at least the keeper size up to fifty pounds eat after dark. Less than ideal for a Fly Rodder. We remedy the issue of getting a fly rod out to a boulder field full of large bass by paddling out in a kayak. We fish from Hobie Mirage Drive kayaks of varying sizes, anywhere from eleven to sixteen feet. Seaworthy vessels by a marginal standard but with the right mindset, they work even better than a real boat. Additionally they don't make any noise and we can get right on top of fish sitting in less than eight feet of water undetected. Now, we do bring conventional tackle along for the voyage . In New England it is widely accepted that the spinning rod is the more effective way to catch Stripers. I know that in other parts of the country and other species this is never true. But here, it absolutely is, and the most dedicated to the species understand this fact. Re-enter the American Eel. The absolute favorite bait for catching Bass. Simply rigged through the jaw with a circle hook either alive or dead (an issue also complicated among Eastern surf casters) and worked painfully slow in and around rocks. Some nights we can hook dozens of fish and land a few, some nights only a few and land none. More likely than not July through November this method, in proven feeding grounds, can yield anyone patient enough a fish. Sitting patiently in my rod holder in the back of my kayak is always an 8WT fly rod. I usually tie on a very large all black surface popper or a large 3/0 hook with black feathers, ice wing and flashabou. Simply mimicking an eel. I usually cast an eel out, drag is very slowly behind the kayak and fan cast all around with the fly. For obvious reasons the fly has never been bit faster than the eel. However, I always have it and I'm always casting. It's been a few years since I've been fishing for Striped Bass and not for a second have I lost hope of catching a lunker on a fly. I've landed above keeper size but nowhere near the size I've landed with an eel. As a Fly Fisherman it's a bit of a dilemma for my purist leanings, but the addiction I have to catching Bass makes me do strange things, always working toward the next high. I love being from New England, I love catching Striped Bass, I love fly fishing the salt water with a fly rod and I sure do love hooking a monster Striped Bass from a kayak on a live eel. 34 | 35

VIDEO INTERLUDE ... THE GILL TICKLER Jeff Scoggin ties one of his favourite flies. A deadly fly for panfish, bass, trout, carp.... bring your forceps. Published: 27th May 2017

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