Stripers Eating Cinder Worms

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

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On the Hatch: The cinder-worm hatch triggers a ferocious striper bite in the Northeast, something eagerly awaited by area anglers.
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Worm Imitations: Bass eat flies that ­imitate the cinder worms with abandon.
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Cinder worms (Nereis limbata) are generally one to three inches long with an off-color — usually olive — head and a pinkish body.
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Match the Hatch: Flies should resemble the worms themselves in both color and size for maximum effectiveness.
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Deadly Combo: A cinder-worm fly trailing a popping cork will often elicit a strike when other combinations fail to do so.