Cape Cod Mini Report: Get Shorty

I recently spent two long nights fishing the Cape and as is so often the case, it was good news/bad news: legions of stripers/99% of them shorts (some unworthy of trout size). But the company was fine, the midnight tea lovely, and I got the chance to play around with a line that actually worked on my new two-hander. (Of course, that line is no longer made.) Just getting back to a regular schedule now after 5am bedtimes.

To (again) quote Colin from The Great Escape: “Tea without milk is so uncivilized.” British mate Mike Oliver does the honors, his world famous Kelly Kettle on the right.



Used to be a September Night. I have no idea how many bass I caught on this fly. We fished moving tides, incoming and outgoing, with great success.


5 comments on “Cape Cod Mini Report: Get Shorty

  1. Bill Giokas says:

    Bass are stressed and the reason is poor catch and release techniques. This from a fisheries biologist in my club.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Bill, the concept that the prime cause of a stressed bass stock is poor C&R technique — as opposed to the widespread creeling of breeder size fish — is a difficult one for me to grasp.

  2. Bill Giokas says:

    I too found it difficult to grasp. But this are his findings along with that of other states. True that the taking of larger breeder stock is also the cause. VA has banned the taking of larger Breeder fish.

  3. Bill Giokas says:

    Some larger bass filtering in now, but still way down from last season?

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