Originally Posted by gpwhitejr
I had never heard of tube flies until I subscribed to this forum. Now I want to try some for my annual RI striper excursion. I don't tie my own and they don't seem very common at local or online retailers. Any suggestions?
When are you going striper fishing in RI. ?
"Matching the hatch" can be important but for much of the early season most baits are fairly small.
Cinder worms, silversides, sand eels, juvie sea herring.
The river herrings, bluebacks and alewives, will be running very soon and they're good size but they're in decline.
IMO a 7-8 inch high profile deceiver is a good enough match
Squid might be one of the only baits that would be truly large, but even with those, often a fly of 6 -7 inches or even smaller would be fine.
Cinderworms will be doing their spawning thing soon and that's a big event in the south county ponds
Silversides spawn on the June full moon but you might see tiny juveniles and 4" adults on opposite tides.
Early season anchovies are about 2 1/2 inches and sea herring 3 1/2"- 4"
And there's a lot of other baits that you might run into too. Mole crabs, green crabs, glass minnows...
Needlefish and bunker are large, but IMO, still not the size that you'd need tube flies for.
Personally, my blind casting "go-to" spring season rig is a 6-7" flat wing deceiver with a 3-4" sand eel dropper.
Maybe a top water popper or gurgler just for fun.