ON THE MOVE
September 16, 2006 - The recent weather events that have passed to our east have contributed to the exodus which could now is in full boom. Not to worry for the most intense saltwater fly angling often occurs during the latter stages of September and on into October. For many years a cadre of dedicated salters, spearheaded by yours truly, leased a cottage in West Yarmouth during the month of October and experienced some of the most memorable angling of the entire season. The focus of our attention was generally the south facing beaches of Chatham and the estuaries of Cape Cod Bay.
I personally have fond memories of greeting the morning sun while leisurely deploying surface flies adjacent to the jetties that protect Sandwich Town Beach in Sandwich and later prospecting Old Harbor Creek as the tide receded. In just about every instance I was without competition from other anglers that would often arrive long after the action had concluded. I considered this to be one of the most dependable September-October venues during high, dropping tides (during low light condition) in autumn. Due to it's close proximity to central Mass (about a 1 ½ hour drive) a 4-5 hour pre-dawn session is appealing and requires only minimal commitment. The area itself is relatively easy to understand and would offer the novice an excellent opportunity to hone his skills as stripers will normally "run the beach" well within roll cast distance.
We chatted with western Mass resident, Roland Gagnier, who enjoys a cottage in Harwichport during the summer months. While the fish have averaged in the 18-24" range in his two most recent outings, there has been no shortage of willing combatants often resulting in numerous consecutive hook-ups.
Good fishing and safe
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