New England has some of the finest striped bass fishing along the entire Eastern seaboard. Pods of striped bass leave wintering grounds in the Chesapeake Bay and Hudson River, head north for cooler summer waters. The migration starts in early May, with juvenile fish arriving daily. Most of these smaller fish are following schools of silverside and sand eels.
Fishing for bigger striped bass improves during mid-May. Most of the large cow bass that have been spawning seem to make up the second wave that hits our shoreline. Like their younger siblings’ journey, the migration of large bass is triggered by a food source too: millions of squid appear and attract the feeding game fish.
Squid are like candy to stripers: they have no bones and are easily digested. The large, slow-moving schools of squid are easy prey for opportunistic bass. If you happen to see a surface feeding frenzy of stripers on squid, you’re in for a real treat: squid will leap out of the water as they are pushed up into the shallow reefs. Squid du jour, for sure, and a squid imitation will catch fish all season long.
What Makes This Pattern Different?
The Ultra-Bright Rattle Squid emphasized most of the dominant characteristics of a real squid to create the illusion of movement. The materials used are designed to gather light in low ambient light conditions and in stained water. Most of the fly materials comprises the use of Angel Hair and Poly Bear, two highly reflective materials. These sparse materials do not absorb water, so the pattern is easy to cast.
There is a conceal rattle inside a piece of E-Z Body tubing. A weighted cone head is used to offset the buoyancy of the air trapped inside the E-Z Body. Most squid patterns have their eyes glued to the sides of the feathers that make up the tentacle assembly. Unfortunately the eyes often fall off the moving and fragile feathers. On the Ultra-Bright Rattle Squid, the eyes are epoxy onto a doubled piece of heavy monofilament. The doubled loop of monofilament helps prevent the materials from fouling around the hook. The Ultra-Bright Rattle Squid has a three-dimensional look when viewed from any angle.
The Ultra-Bright Rattle Squid is the perfect fly for catching striped bass in the spring and early summer, and wil1 help you connect with a trophy bass this autumn. This durable pattern is an excellent swimming imitation of a real squid in the water.
Ultra-Bright Rattle Squid Material List
|| Partridge Saltwater Aberdeen Perfect size 6/0 or any size 4/0, 4X long
|| Danville’s Fine Monofilament or similar mono
|| 1/4 inch silver cone, hole diameter to suit hook.
White bucktail and yellow Mirage Flashabou
Large 1/2 inch chartreuse eyes, 40 pound test monofilament
|| White saddle hackles
Pink and light brown Angel Hair, 3/8 inch diameter E-Z Body tubing; rabbit hackle, and ivory and tan Poly Bear.
|| Large glass rattle