After a long winter spent at the vise tying saltwater flies, spring finally came once again, and my favorite yellow-eyed fish, the Striped Bass returned to the shores of Massachusetts. If there is one fish that the New England coast is known for, it’s stripers. They are the perfect fly rod fish. They are opportunistic
For trout fishing, I buy tapered leaders. But for saltwater fishing in the Northeast, I’ve started tying my own leaders in the past year. Long tapered leaders make sense for many saltwater scenarios such as targeting redfish, bonefish, permit, and sight fishing for striped bass. But shorter hand tied leaders are perfectly fine for most
For the longest time, I remember reading books and articles about cutting edge streamer patterns like Blane Chocklett’s “Game Changer” or Kelly Galloup’s “Zoo Cougar” and feeling like I was missing a piece of the fly fishing puzzle. I remember buying a Game Changer from Cabela’s before I had learned to tie them for myself.
Follow Jay on Instagram @handmade_angler. Jay Aylward of The Handmade Angler is arguably the best all around freshwater fly fishing guide in Massachusetts. He is currently the only Orvis-Endorsed freshwater guide in the state. Not only does Jay offer wade and drift boat trips for trout, he also takes clients out for warm-water trips on