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Tag: striped bass

Freshwater Vs. Saltwater Fly Fishing

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: "What are the differences between freshwater fly fishing and saltwater fly fishing? Do you fly fish with different rods and reels and other equipment when you fish for saltwater fish and freshwater fish?" via email Many fly anglers fish in both fresh and salt water. After...

Have Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass Stocks Reached a Tipping Point?

Tony Friedrich writes this morning about the status of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay region, saying the time has come to stop shifting the baseline and accept that stripers are being overfished. "It rests on our shoulders and ours alone to make sure the striped bass population recovers. It will take a herculean effort to turn the tide. But we can do...

Interview: Jamie Howard's New Film "Running the Coast"

Five years ago Jamie Howard set out to do something no one has done before.  He decided to follow a population of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay on their migration northward.  His goal: document the culture of striped bass fishing, and along the way uncover both the lifecycle of the fish and something about their possible future as one of the...

Beating the Winter Blues: North Carolina’s Neuse River

THERE ARE MANY famed striper locations along the East Coast. From Montauk to the Outer Banks, fly anglers chase line-siders throughout the fall and into winter. To make things even more challenging, fly fishing for oceanic striped bass can be a difficult when inclement weather hits the coast. Just inland in the Carolinas lives a different breed of stripers...

How Many Menhaden Do We Really Need? Part Two

For well over a century, commercial and recreational anglers have argued about menhaden harvesting. In the past few decades, however, conservationists—who may or may not be anglers—have also entered the fray, advocating for tighter controls on harvesting. The battle lines have been drawn between conservationists and recreational anglers on the one hand...

Casco Bay, Maine: "Fifty More Places To Fly Fish Before You Die"

YOU'RE STANDING IN THE BOW of an Action Craft skiff as your guide poles you along flats that seem to stretch for miles. A warm sun lights the way. Suddenly several V-wakes appear at one o’clock, and the guide calls out, “Drop it on ‘em, 40 feet!” As you backcast, a lobster boat chugs into view, and distinctive Downeast accents can be heard over the...

Review: "The Blitz: Fly Fishing the Atlantic Migration"

A WWII-BUFF FRIEND of mine, who doesn’t fish, bought this book sight unseen and was disappointed to discover that it doesn’t even mention the Luftwaffe’s 1940-1941 bombing of Britain. I had the benefit of reading the subtitle, so I was pretty sure that it wasn’t going to be a history of the WWII Blitz or, for that matter, a nostalgic nod to the...

The Blitz: "The Jersey Shore, No, Not That One"

IT'S 4:30 IN THE MORNING in Seaside Park, and I’m in the back of a van, questioning my priorities. During the summer season people come to this town to make bad decisions, like appearing on a reality show or calling themselves “The Situation.” When the temperature spikes in July, males of a certain mindset descend on the area to buy out the local...

The Blitz: “The Boston Shore, An Army of One”

“What’s it going to be today, slam or crash?” Dave Skok asks this question as he winds down a narrow residential street outside of Boston proper. We’re driving to fish one of his favorite walk-in spots. The neighborhood streets are lined with cars, and he’s talking about fish and scanning the water out his driver's side window so he doesn’t see...

"The Blitz | A Year on the Road"

This video chronicles a year on the road with Pete McDonald and Tosh Brown while they were shooting photos and gathering content for their new coffee table book, The Blitz, Fly Fishing The Atlantic Migration.