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Fly Fishing for Trophy Striped Bass: Tackle, Techniques, and Flies for the Fish of a Lifetime

John L. Field

Striped bass, or simply "stripers," are a premier 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 coastal Atlantic States and eastern Canada, they have also been introduced to the Pacific as well as many inland reservoirs and the rivers that flow into them, making stripers arguably the most accessible and popular saltwater species in North America. In this comprehensive guide, author John L. Field describes their behavior, 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 fly tiers, and marine biologists contribute their experience and expertise to this book.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Publish Date: Jun 18th, 2024
  • Pages: 276
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 11.26in - 8.53in - 0.76in - 2.40lb
  • EAN: 9780811736565
  • Categories: Fishing

About the Author

John L. Field ( is a writer, photographer, and FFI (Fly Fishers International) Master 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. John is a popular presenter and casting demonstrator at fly-fishing shows and clubs. FFI awarded him the Jay Gammel Award for Fly Casting Instruction in 2019. 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 and ACA's Beginner's Guide to Fly Casting. He lives in Weston, Connecticut.

Praise for this book

Fly Fishing for Trophy Striped Bass is the New Testament in striper angling. I've read many books on stripers over the years, but none that covers a broader spectrum of locations, techniques, flies, and changes in fish patterns. A triumph and a worthy addition to any angler's library.

--Captain Paul Dixon, Dixon's to the Point Charters

Great fly fishing authors are often possessed, consumed with a need to search out answers to the endless mysteries of trying to get a fish to eat a feathered artificial. John Field is one of those writers and fisherman, and Fly Fishing for Trophy Striped Bass reflects his endless attention to detail and devotion to helping us understand what makes big stripers tick. The chapter on flies alone is worth the price of admission, because John has tested and studied what works and why it works. I can't imagine a striper angler, from novice to expert, who won't come away from this book with a whole store of new knowledge.

--Jonny King, fly creator and angling author

John Field's knowledge of striped bass fishing is unparalleled. His book takes a thorough look at patterns, bait sources, different techniques etc. by sourcing the best and most experienced guides and anglers along the coast. It is the most comprehensive analysis of striped bass fishing along the East Coast I've ever come across...a must-read for anyone wishing to improve their striped bass game, from beginners to experts.

--Captain John McMurray, "One More Cast" Light Tackle Charters

Big stripers behave differently. If big stripers are your target, you, the angler, must also adapt. John does a masterful job of outlining the changes in tackle, tactics, and attitude needed to help you catch the fish of your striper dreams.

--Peter Jenkins, The Saltwater Edge, Middletown, RI

This is more than just another fly fishing book on striped bass as Field has left no stone unturned. Every book ever written on the subject is now rolled up in one. One of the best I have ever read!

--Captain Jim Freda, Shore Catch Sportfishing, Manasquan Inlet, NJ

From the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony to anglers of the 21st Century, the striped bass has captured the imagination, attention, and reverence of anglers as 'The Great American Fish. Fly Fishing for Trophy Striped Bass will inform and enlighten both seasoned fly fishermen as well as those new to the sport on the lore, appeal, and techniques surrounding the quest to catch stripers, especially large ones, on the fly.

--John Tiedemann, Director, Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy Program, and Assistant Dean in the School of Science, Monmouth University

To deliver the high quality and broad scope of information included in Fly Fishing for Trophy Striped Bass, I'd have to say John Field is as good an angler as he is a writer.

--Tom Keer, The Keer Group