It's about to be our favorite time of year! Stripers are right on our door step with some rumors kicking around and definitely fish on the New Hampshire coast. Monday morning was my frist real effort of the year a marsh outflow on the right tide for early season stripers. None to be had unfortunately, but it was great to get used to the weight and power of casting 350 grain shooting head lines on an 9 wt rod while waist deep in the surf. Although we didn't see any sandeels that morning (the typical bait here), our other larger coastal rivers are full of river herring right now. Schools are either getting ready to head upstream to spawn or they are juveniles that come into the estuaries to feed. Alewives, blueback herring, and shad have all arrived on the coast a Maine which means the stripers aren't far behind. I think it will only be a few more days before the first catches of migratory bass in Maine become more than just rumors this season.