Striped bass, or simply “stripers,” are a premiere saltwater sportfish that can grow to over 50 pounds and swim in giant schools that will churn the surface of the water to a froth as they feed on baitfish, creating heart-pumping, fast-paced fly fishing. Originally native to the eastern United States, they have also been introduced to the West Coast as well as thousands of inland reservoirs, and the rivers that flow into them, making stripers one of the most widely distributed and accessible sportfish in the world. In this comprehensive guide, author John Field describes foods they eat, the best flies and methods to imitate those foods, and where today’s angler stands the best chance of catching a trophy fish. Top guides, creative tiers, and marine biologists contribute their experience and expertise to this book.
John Field (fieldflyfishing.com) is a writer, presenter, and fly casting instructor. He has decades of experience fly fishing the waters of the Florida Keys and Florida’s east coast and has spent hundreds of days fly fishing for striped bass in the Northeast from shore and from boats. He has written for Fly Fisherman magazine, In-Fisherman, North American Fisherman, Chevy Outdoors, and Canadian Sportfishing, among other publications, and is a popular presenter at fly fishing shows. In 2019 he received the Jay Gammel Award for Fly Casting Instruction from Fly Fishers International. John has served as president of the American Casting Association and president of the New York Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is the author of Fly-Casting Finesse (978-1632204882) and ACA’s Beginner’s Guide to Fly Casting (978-1510723030). He lives in Weston, Connecticut.