Written by: Jackie Jordan
Growing up in the Boston area, I always spent at least one week each summer on the Cape. I love the smell of the sea, the salty air, body surfing in the waves, and the sound of the seagulls.
I was lucky enough to be invited to spend last weekend with my friends on Martha’s Vineyard, which gave me a chance to break in my new Helios 2 9-foot 8-weight saltwater fly rod. It turned out to be a weekend full of firsts for me. It was my first time fishing on saltwater flats, my first time fishing through the night, and it was my first time landing a striped bass on the fly.
It was a perfect summer night under a full moon. Pete pointed out how the water looked like it was boiling, since there were so many fish feeding at the time. It was amazing. I was elated when I landed that first striper. Then I landed a second one two casts after. . .and it was a big one! Then a third, and when I hooked the fourth it took off so fast I wasn’t sure what to do!
I was into my backing three times on that one. It fought hard and I didn’t know if I would land it or not. When I finally brought it in, Pete and I let out a “Holy crap!” almost in unison. This was the catch of the weekend! I knew it right then. I caught a fifth one shortly after, but I will never forget the experience I had catching that big fella. I had so much fun that weekend and I absolutely love saltwater fly fishing. We’re already planning our next saltwater adventure.