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02-26-2010, 05:18 AM
Hello guys,

We are very seriously considering booking a flight to Cape Cod in september.
We are not familiar with striper, only sea bass around here.

What can you recommend as essential books on fly fishing for striper?
Could be on fishing, flies and the Cape Cod area.

Would appreciate your opinions.

Rgds Adrian

02-26-2010, 06:58 AM
Flyrodding the Coast, by Ed Mitchell (and others by Mitchell)
Inshore Fly Fishing, by Lou Taboury
Stripers on the Fly, Taboury
Sight Fishing for Stripers, by Alan Coalo

...many others good choices but any of the above I'd recommend. I especially like "Flyrodding the Coast" as a primer for New England saltwater flyfishing, very well structured and written (though anything on gear may be a bit dated)

02-26-2010, 01:11 PM
I'd second those recommendations in a heart beat for learning about fishing techniques. If casting in the wind or just fishing in the salt (vs. fresh) is a concern add any book on casting by Lefty Kreh.

Now I'm all excited about spring. Is it here yet?

02-26-2010, 02:04 PM
Ed Mitchell's website has a number of his old magazine articles
Well worth a look


02-26-2010, 04:17 PM
Ed Mitchell, Lou Tabory & Alan Caolo are certainly some of the best on the east coast for a primer on striped bass fishing. Another, not to discount, is Rich Murphy. He wrote a couple of years ago proabably the most comprehensive book on stripers, "Fly Fishing for Striped Bass." It is full of innovative and practical techniues; although, at the onset, it reads like a master's thesis, but a great read.

Let us know your intended dates, and I'm sure we'll be able to linkup with someone on the forum.

02-26-2010, 05:43 PM
I'll second Jim Simms' recommendation on the Rich Murphy book- I call it "The Bible"- covers alot of different (and on the Cape, common) striper fishing scenarios with great two-page diagrams on how to fish those situations. The Tabory books are good, but more text-based. Mitchell's books are good, particularly the one on fishing salt water estuaries. Caolo's book is good for sight-fishing. Another great little book is Ray Bondorew's "Stripers and Streamers"- from a true Rhode Island striper fishing legend.
Sorry to hit you with the "so many books, so little time (and money)" quandry....
Tight lines!

P.S.- I also love the aerial and satellite photos in the Rich Murphy book.

02-27-2010, 09:17 AM
I have most of the popular striper books and I think taborys stripers on the fly is the best.

But stripers fish the same as the sea bass (labrax) - look for structure and current, but here also look for the bait which we have in numbers that will blow your mind if you are used to the north sea.

02-27-2010, 01:56 PM
I agree on the Mitchell, Tabory, and Caolo books. Excellent stuff. I'm not so sure the Rich Murphy book would help someone who hasn't already got a fair amount of experience with stripers. Also, his use of the language is awkward enough that I had trouble staying awake while reading it, which I did about this time last year. He also has some fairly serious techinical mistakes in there. However, having said all that, it's the best overall book on striper fishing, including even a little bit about the West Coast. I would do a fair amount of fishing and read several other books before delving into it, however. Another one I found quite useful before my first trek out there a few years ago was Kenny Abrames' Striper Moon. Though not a how-to or where-to, perhaps the best book ever written on stripers on the fly is The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass by Peter Kaminsky. It's about Montauk, not the Cape, but as far as getting a feel for what the thrill is all about, I've never read it expressed better.

02-27-2010, 04:41 PM
During the winter doldrums, jr spey is spot on in recommending the book, "The Moon Pulled up an Acre of Bass," by Peter Kuminsky. A very good read.

02-27-2010, 04:53 PM
Lots of info! Great, thanks.
I think we'll go for Murphy's Fly Fishing For Striped Bass. Mitchell's Fly Rodding The Coast and Caolo's Sight Fishing For Stripers. And to feel the atmosphere The Moon Pulled Up An Acre Of Bass.
A lot to read, a lot of flies to be tied and a lot of things to prepare.
Our party of 4 is diverse, but most of us should know a bit how to cast.

We intend to come over for a week starting at 18th of september, but if a week earlier or sooner
would be better it would be o.k. too. Advise, again, is welcome..

Rgds Adrian

03-01-2010, 03:03 PM
All the above are good. Jumping to the extreme of practical, you absolutely don't want to be without "Fishing New England...A Cape Cod Shore Guide". This covers all the Cape and gives you simple and easy to interpret maps, drawings, pictures and descriptions of where to fish, what roads to get you there (& park), what baits are likely.

This is by Gene Bourque for the On The Water series of guides..inexpensive too. Check ou and buy on onthewater dot com.