Often a Striper Strike is all you need when striped bass, bluefish or other voracious predators school up and attack baitfish on the surface. Simply cast into the melee, chug the lure across the top with repeated sharp jerks and hold on tight. When the fish are feasting on small forage, though, you often can catch more fish by adding a trailer fly to a leader, a foot and a half or so behind your lure.

The Striper Strike allows you to make long casts with a lightweight fly and serves as an attractor as you chug it across the surface, and some fish will still attack the plug. Many more, though, will turn toward the noise and see an easy-looking meal in a streamer fly that’s only an inch or two long and will attack. You may see a swirl or splash, since the fly runs right behind the lure on or near the surface, but you might just have the rod nearly ripped from your hands.

The presentation stays the same, except that from time you might want to pause for just a moment and let the plug and fly sink a bit before ripping them back to the surface.

The fly needs not be fancy or anything super specific. In fact, it could be a streamer fly or a light jig. It should be mostly white or silver, 1 to 3 inches long (match forage size, if possible), and be on a strong 1/O or larger hook. Look in the saltwater section in a fly shop or in online listings and with the jigs in any bait shop that only carries conventional tackle.

Rigging is simple. Tie the Striper Strike to your main line and a piece of leader to the bend of the lure’s back treble, then tie the fly about 18 inches back and trim the leader. Use at least 14-pound-test for leader so it will stretch out nicely behind the lure.

Like with most double rigs, the leader probably will wrap around something from time to time, but with back-treble rigging, that problem is minimal, and the fish-catching value it adds some days more the warrants a bit of extra untwisting time.