Podcast: Catching Striped Bass in the Shadow of the Statue of Liberty


(the interview starts at 43:30)

This week, I interview Capt. Joe Mattioli about a place I have always wanted to fish–New York Harbor. Despite having chased striped bass and bluefish with a fly rod for over 40 years, I have never had the pleasure of fishing the harbor off the tip of Manhattan. So join me as I interview Captain Joe and hear stories of this world-class fishery, from beneath the Statue of Liberty to the waters off Coney Island.

In the Fly Box, we have lots of great questions, including:

  • I have issues with knots in my leader, especially with streamers and other heavy flies. How do I fix this?
  • I have a 9-foot 5-weight Recon and a starter fly reel I bought a few years ago.  Should I buy a new reel to go with my rod?
  • When fishing for bass, if I use a heavier line like a Bank Shot on my 6-weight rod, how should I adjust my casting style? Are there any trade-offs?
  • I use a double Uni Knot to join tippet, but I can’t tie a Blood Knot to save my life. What are the relative strengths of these two knots?
  • I just upgraded my fly-tying vise.  What other tools should I upgrade if I want to improve my tying?
  • My tippet keeps breaking when I use sinking-tip lines. What can I do to prevent this?
  • Would you recommend a Recon 2-weight or 3-weight for fishing small streams plus bluegill fishing with my kids?
  • How many flies do you lose in a day of small-stream fishing?
  • Where would you go to catch a trophy brook trout?
  • What should I do with my dry fly when fishing still water? Should I move it or let it sit?
  • What can we do to reduce the trauma to fish when we play them?

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Captain Joe with a fine New York Harbor striper.

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