Tying Sand Eel Flies for Stripers

January 18, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Jack Gartside ties a sand eel pattern — a super-simple but deadly fly for east coast stripers in the early spring — in a video from the Fall River, Massachusetts Herald News. “By the next month, stripers are eating the American Sand Lance, better known to the nonscientific fly fishing crowd as a sand eel. Average sand eels are no bigger that a pencil than has been sharpened a few times. Most are even smaller. They are found all over New England waters usually over sandy bottoms. Not known for their speed, they have a novel way to escape danger.” In an article by Dave Souza.