Fly Fishing for Striped bass

Striped bass

Morone saxatilis

Fly Fishing for Striped bass

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Captain Crunch

Clouser Minnow

Crab Pattern

EP Streamer


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Where you can find Striped bass

On this map you see where there were observations of Striped bass around the world, to give you an idea in which continents, countries and waters you can find this fish species.

Years 2000 until now, source: GBIF

This strong, powerful fish is known for its aggressive behavior, making it an exciting catch for a fly fisher. They are abundant in numerous locations across North America and certain other regions around the globe.

Where to Fly Fish for Striped Bass

Striped bass, also known as "stripers", are native to the Atlantic coastline of North America, from Florida to Nova Scotia. They have also been introduced to many other regions and are now found in a variety of water bodies, including the Pacific Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and many inland lakes and rivers.

United States

In the United States, some well-known locations for striped bass fishing include the Hudson River, Chesapeake Bay, and the California Delta. In addition, many anglers enjoy fly fishing in various lakes such as Lake Texoma, Smith Mountain Lake, and Lake Cumberland.


In Canada, the Miramichi River, located in New Brunswick, is famous for its large population of striped bass, attracting anglers from all over the world. The Bay of Fundy and Bras d'Or Lake in Nova Scotia are also known to house these fish.

Techniques for Fly Fishing Striped Bass

Fly fishing for striped bass involves different techniques, which can vary based on the type of water body (saltwater or freshwater) and the current fishing conditions.

Saltwater Techniques

In saltwater, one effective technique is the "Blind Casting and Stripping" method, where you cast the line in likely fish-holding waters and retrieve the fly in a manner that imitates a fleeing baitfish. Another technique is "Sight Casting," which involves casting the fly to visible fish or to fish-holding structures.

Freshwater Techniques

In freshwater environments like rivers or lakes, anglers often use a technique called "Swinging the Fly," where the angler casts across the current and lets the fly swing downstream.

Striped Bass Life Cycle and Its Impact on Fly Fishing

In the spring, adult striped bass migrate from the ocean to rivers for spawning. This migration, also known as the "spring run," offers excellent fly fishing opportunities.

During the summer, they often feed aggressively near the surface, making it a great time to fly fish with poppers. In the colder months, they tend to move to deeper waters, requiring different tactics and fly patterns.

Best Flies for Fly Fishing Striped Bass

The choice of fly often depends on the prevailing conditions and the type of prey the fish are feeding on. Here are some popular choices:

  1. Clouser Minnow: This is arguably the most popular fly for striped bass. Its design allows it to sink quickly and imitate a variety of baitfish.
  2. Lefty's Deceiver: The Deceiver is a versatile fly that can mimic many types of prey, from small baitfish to squid.
  3. Crab pattern: When striped bass are feeding on crabs, especially in the saltwater flats, crab-patterned flies can be very effective.
  4. Popper flies: These are surface flies that create a popping or splashing noise when retrieved. They are highly effective during summer when bass are feeding at the surface.

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Flies that you can use to fly fish for Striped bass

Captain Crunch

Clouser Minnow

Crab Pattern

EP Streamer


Lefty's Deceiver

Mickey Finn

Sand Eel

Shrimp Pattern

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