Close

Login

Logging In
Invalid username or password.
Incorrect Login. Please try again.

not a member?

Signing up could earn you gear and it helps to keep offensive content off of our site.

June 03, 2013

Striper Fishing During the Cinder Worm Hatch

Unlocking this hatch opens the door to big striped bass in the Northeast.

Cinder Worms Tackle Box

Fly-fishers have an advantage in a cinder-worm hatch because it’s difficult to match such a small bait with lures made for spinning tackle. Still, spin-fishers adapt by tying a cinder-worm fly a couple of feet behind a plug, then working it slowly. Some anglers employ a float and a cinder-worm fly two or three feet below it. 

Regarding fly ­selection, cinder worms are in the red spectrum ranging from an orange-brown to reddish pink, so matching the color and size is a good place to start. I use a simple fly, a 1-inch red Zonker strip and an olive Ice-Chenille head tied on a 1/0 hook. 

Rods: 7-foot medium- to light-action spinning rods, 9-foot, 7- or 8-weight fly rods 

Reels: Smaller saltwater reels with smooth drags, such as Van Staal VS100 or equivalent

Lines: 15- to 20-pound  braid, weight-forward floating lines for fly-fishing

Leader: 4 feet of 15-pound to 20-pound-test fluorocarbon, 8- or 9-foot tapered leader with fluorocarbon tippet for fly-fishing

Lures/Terminal Gear: Topwater plug with a 3- to 4-foot  fluorocarbon trailing leader and cinder-worm fly, or a snapper-float and a ­cinder-worm fly two or three feet below it.

Cinder Worms Planner

What: Striped bass and weakfish 

When: May and June

Where: New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts estuaries

Who: 

Martha’s Vineyard, Tom Rapone, www.highlymigratoryfishing.com

Rhode Island, Robert Hines, www.flyfishri.com

Connecticut, Ian Scott Devlin, www.devlinfishing.com

Eastern Long Island, Paul Dixon, www.northflats.com

Western Long Island, John McMurray, www.nycflyfishing.com