Capt. Steve Moore has earned a reputation for being one of the premier guides fishing the south side of Cape Cod. In the early spring, he begins in the South Cape's tidal ponds and rivers, followed by a move into Vineyard Sound with the arrival of the bigger bass.
Moore notes that the arrival of the larger stripers in spring neatly coincides with the appearance of the commercial squid fleet in the Sound, leading him to conclude that at least a good portion of the larger fish are following the squid north. When they get here, they also find many of the rivers already choked with big herring.
At this time of year, Moore turns to Mark Budreski's."hite Death Fly."a pattern that he feels is a decent imitation of the squid, but which can also pass for a slab-sided herring. The White Death looks like a combination of Lou Tabory's famous Slab and Snake flies. This pattern has a tail of white saddle hackle surrounded by white bucktail with a few strands of pearl flash. The head is spun, white deer hair pinched together from both sides with stick-on eyes. The pattern looks unfinished until you take a look at it the way the fish see it: From below it is fat from side to side, similar to a real bait. A striper approaching from below doesn't know it's not the real thing until it's too late.
Moore's favorite way to fish this fly is just below the surface with an intermediate density fly line.."This is a pattern that pushes a lot of water and creates a nice wake when worked close to the surface."Moore says.."One of the most effective retrieves I have found for this fly is a quick jerk followed by a good pause. Be ready to strip-strike because the fish will usually hit it hard on the pause."