This paper studies the feasibility of using ultrasonic guided waves for fast inspection of conformal deltoid radius filler or "Noodle" regions of joints in stringer composite structures. Semi-analytical finite element simulations, supported by experiments and three-dimensional finite element models, are used to demonstrate the existence of a longitudinal guided ultrasonic mode confined or trapped in the Noodle regions. Studies reveal that this mode has attractive properties for rapid screening of Noodle joints, including strong energy concentration, low dispersion, and attenuation. Discussing the physics of mode confinement in light of material differences and geometry, the phenomenon is shown to be related to feature-guiding effects noted in literature recently. © 2016 Acoustical Society of America.