There are fish holding consistently over deep structure where the herring are still plentiful. Some trips we've seen individual fish pop to the surface to chase a 6 to 8 inch herring or a 3 to 4 inch alewife right out of the water. Most of this visible activity has happened early in the morning or in the evening. Still no signs of blitzing fish, but with all the bait that is coming down the river that too could change quickly.
There are still stripers prowling the flats and they are much less fussy than they were back in late July and August. One of my experienced fly anglers this week was very surprised to hear my stories of fishing 13 foot leaders of 8 pound test fluorocarbon and changing flies every fifteen minutes to see what small crab or shrimp pattern the skinny water bass would eat.
Most of these bright days have come with a healthy breeze. The fish that like to cruise just under the surface when the light is low should feel more safe when the overhead visibility is limited...right? So why don't I see them exhibiting this behavior when the leaves are rustling at 5:00 AM? Is it tied to the effects of the weather associated with the north wind? Does their prey change behavior when the water isn't still?
Remember the bit about change. Cover the water. Move and move, again and again. If you fished yesterday and it was slow, don't wait to go back out until sometime next week. You could miss the day that keeps you dreaming of spring during the coming winter months.
Capt. Peter Fallon