I have spent two week in Rhode Island to catch my first ever stripers.
The first week I went fishing with Jeremy Cameron of Flies and Fins who I
knew from previous visits to Florida.

The second week was spent exploring the neighbourhood of the town I was
staying in.
When I arrived in Rhode Island it felt just as hot and muggy like in Florida.
Looking at the empty beaches I figured the fall baitfish migration had
not yet started.
It was quiet at the beach but there where still plenty of opportunities to catch fish.

Jeremy Cameron fishing the rocks


Day 1, fishing from the boat with as result my first ever striper.
When the tide began to run the stripers started busting fish behind the rocks.
We drifted along the rock pile and managed to get several stripers.
Later in the day we scouted a reef out on the coast but it was not my cup of tea sitting in
a very small boat with standing waves over the reef nearby.




A so called breachway, an opening from a saltwater pond or marsh to the open ocean.
We waded a couple of hours trough the saltwater marshes but could not find any stripers.
The only fish actively hunting where very small bluefish along the rocks of the breachway.


Fishing in the bay.

When we fished this location baitfish and subsequently Bluefish and Stripers where everywhere.
Still we did not catch fish at first since our flies where ignored.
Only when we switched to very large flies and a slow retrieve we managed to hook up.
The stones where very slippery, all locals used spikes on their wading shoes, next visit
I will do the same.


Pier

This was the spot for the local flyfishermen who only targeted the small tunas like Bonito and
False Albacore.
We visited the spot two times but only spotted hunting Stripers and Bluefish.
Rhode Island is one of the few places where you can actually catch a Bonito or False Albacore from the
beach.


A saltwater pond in the interior.

In Florida you have spots where you can fish at night for Snook, in Rhode Island the same
can be done with Stripers.
At this location you could hear the Stripers crashing bait in the deep dark nigh, I only had
a few takes and could not get any of the fish.
I tried to wade through that little ditch to the right of the picture, my buddy forgot to tell me
it was over a meter deep, luckily I and my camera stayed dry.


The beach.

The water was very clear, sometimes you could see the Stripers shooting through the waves.
We always looked out for diving gulls or schools of baitfish.


Hunting fish.

Often the schools of baitfish where out of casting range but at some times they came in close enough to
cast to a fly in the middle of the action.
Still the Stripers and Bluefish could be very picky even in those situations.


Baitfish.

There was a broad variety of baitfish around, from small silversides to large bunkers.
The locals used pretty big flies that resembled the pike streamers in size we used back home.
Besides the large patterns I also used Clousers and Flatwings with good results.


Flies.


Among the rocks.

The alternative name of Stripers = Rockfish was well chosen, there was always a Striper or two in the rocks.
At this particular location the Stripers entered with the upcoming tide among the rocks to chase the baitfish, you could catch dozens of Stripers then.


A couple of fish pics.

The legal size for Stripers was 28 inch, I used to catch the schoolies or better said the small fish.My largest fish was a 30 incher which I caught while sight casting in the bay.
Very strong fish that ran like freight trains when they where hooked.
Each morning when I strolled along the beach I was remembered that I caught the smaller
size fish, the beach always had some carcasses of Stripers lying around that measured up to 1 meter in length.


It is beautiful in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island was the smallest state of the USA but it was also very pretty.
The area I was staying at brought back memories of Southern Jutland to me.
The fishing could have been a little better but this was surely a place that would
Be getting a return visit in the future.