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We Couldn’t stop at just flies. now carrying everything but the fish!

Fly Fishing for Bass

Fly Tying

Just to make sure that people know that we will be moving to a new shop on November 1st. We will be having our grand opeening on November 14. Our new address will be

The Fly Stop

9275 Trade Place

Suite E

San Diego, Ca. 92126

With the new larger location we will be able carry fly tying materials, vices  and tools. It not going to be just a few items. We will be trying to have one of the best fly tying sections in San Diego. For now it will be mainly in store but will also be adding fly tying section to our online store as well. we will be carrying 

Hareline Fly Tying

Waspi Fly Tying

Fly Men Fishing

Mustad Fly Tying

And much more.

Tuna, Spotties and More New Flies


The Bay and Tuna fishing is epic right now. Evening trips on the bay has been producing 10 to 30 fish in the evening. Dustin, a good friend and guide for the Fly Stop, went on a tuna mission a few days ago and got a ton of fish on the boat. The time is now to book a trip. We have also been getting a few shots at Hammerheads following the tuna.



We have also added few more new flies and new colors to some of our favorites. If your looking to chase for fall run Steelhead I really like the Midnight Sun or Paint Brush. Or look at the new Wool Heads if you are lookng to hunt for a few Largemouth or Stripers chasing shad. Take a look at a few of the new patterns  below.

Wool-Head-Bass-Pike-Fly Fishing

WoolHead in Chartreuse or Grey


Skull Bugger Orange/Black also in Green/Black, Black/Red and many more.


Paint Brush 


Mardi Grais


Polar Bunny in new colors Pink/Purple, White/Pink and many more.


Midnight Sun


Carp throwdown FLy Fishing

Woahhh nelly, what an interesting deal that was...  It's that time of year when last years war stories and fish tails fueled by Pabst Blue Ribbon and warm fires are starting to get old.  "Yes Frank, I know, your rainbow trout was exactly like a the scene in a River Runs Through It except for you were all wet because you tripped on a stump and I am not sure what the fish was because you didn't get it reeled in."  We aren't yet...although out here we are starting to see warm water the point were we can start crafting the next years adventures.  It's that weird post christmas faze where we all sit around, check out new gear, check weather reports every 30 minutes on our iphones, and naw off our hands looking at trip ideas for the upcoming season.  So we thought we would take an interlude and join Zach Matthew's over at The Itenerant Angler podcast "in studio" for a little discussion on all things carp fishing, San Diego, mako shark, and most importantly the June 13th annual Carp Throwdown.

Podcast Carpthrowdown Itenerant Angler

All in all it was a pretty enjoyable hour spent talking to a tin can as if it where a person and wearing ear muffs somewhat similar to fighter pilots while trying to explain why in the heck we fish for dirty, smelly, muddy, bottom feeders.  Interestingly enough our carp fly fishing was also recently featured in the fly fishing film tour and RA Beattie production Carpland.

san diego fly fishing podcast theflystop

The Name Of The Games is BIG BASS


I hate fishing reports!  Their absolutely worthless.  Just like weather forecasts, the only thing a fishing report tells you is what happened yesterday, which is usually the only part of their job a weather person can get right.  Telling you what happened yesterday.  Their good at that! 

If I believed every fishing report I've ever read, I probably would be living in my truck, out of work and out of money, having to be at the next best fishing spot.  On the flip side of that coin, if I never went fishing because of a bad report or bad fishing conditions, I probably never would have caught half of the fish that I have, or even have gone fishing at all.

Hence what happened Sunday.  If you read this, you would say to yourself, "why in the hell would I want to go there?"  That is exactly why we chose to go there.  Seeing as how it was a three-day weekend, and the other local area bass lakes were apparently fishing really well, we decided to go to Lake Hodges.  We knew we would have the place to ourselves.  And we were right, well, mostly.   

After spending the first few hours searching the flats for carp and coming up empty, Kory suggested we go Bass fishing.  It didn't take much convincing, as there's no reason to ever beat a dead horse.   

Upon arrival at our very first bass spot, we noticed a ton of shad in the water hovering over a submerged rocky point.  Within 2 minutes of our first casts being made, the first fish was brought to hand.  They were there and eating.  A few casts later I came tight, real tight!  Fishing with an 8wt rod, 20lb tippet, and a fuzzabou shad, I hooked a fish I could not stop.  The next thing I knew, the fish had wrapped me up in the sticks.  After some very careful boat  maneuvering, and a fine net job by Kory, the big girl was brought to hand.  Exactly 6 lbs on the boga grip.  A trophy from a bastard of a lake to catch fish.  Especially on the fly.  But that's why we fish there, every cast represents a shot for a trophy caliber bucket mouth. 

A few more for fish were brought to hand from that spot, and once again all was right with the world.  And as if we didn't already experience enough excitement, we were treated to the rare sight of a bobcat out wondering around in the middle of the day. Wild Bobcat California Lake Hodges

(Notice the Tiger like stripes on the back legs)  Really cool to see.  Just goes to show you how accurate fishing reports can be.  Like you always hear fishing guides say, "You should have been here yesterday."  Well, I'm glad I wasn't.  I'm glad I was here today.

Lake Barrett Bass Opens for Fishing

Lake Barrett Fly Fishing Opener Bass & BlueGill

Saturday was the opener for one of the best bass fishing lakes in Southern California, Lake Barrett.  Maybe one of the best bass fishing lakes in the country.  It has a pure strain of Northern Black Bass that love to eat anything that swims, flies, or crawls.  This is the one place where fishing is, well, ........easy!  But getting an opportunity to fish this lake is anything but.

   In order to fish here, you must be one of the very fortunate ones to acquire a ticket thru ticketmaster.  This can be like trying to get front row seats when Jay Z comes to town.  It's pretty much safe to say, that if you don't click "purchase now" at exactly 12:01am, you can forget about fishing here.  I know it sounds ridiculous, but after all, it is California.
 Eric Warner, a photographer who shoots for the Drake Magazine and Fly Fish Journal, was one of the lucky ones to score tickets to this amazing fishery.  He invited one his buddies, Nick, and myself to come spend the day with him fishing and documenting the journey of the trip.
 When the gates opened at 5am, there was a mad dash to the boat dock for the closest available rental boat.  After getting all the gear loaded into the boat, we made our way as fast as you can in a boat with an 8 horsepower motor, to the very first cove we found with a rocky shoreline and the wind blowing into it.  Immediately upon arrival, we could see the bass pushing shad literally up onto the shoreline.  It was so intense that a foam line started to form from where all the mayhem was taking place.  In less than 5 casts, the first fish was brought to the boat.  That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the day.  Although we caught way too many fish to count, there was still a certain way you had to feed them.  Since the bass had the shad pinned along the shoreline, your fly had to be placed on dry land, then stripped back into the stick-ups where the bass were waiting in ambush.  That was a distance of only about 3 feet from the bank.  After that, it was pick up and cast again.  Only if you didn't loose your fly in the bushes, or to a fish that wrapped himself and the leader like a snake around the bushes. Flies that represented sunfish and shad with a weed guard attached to them, were the only thing necessary.  
At about high noon, when it was close to 100 degrees, and without a breath of wind, the fast and furious action came to halt.  We decided to break out the spinning rods and bobbers, and relive our childhood memories, by catching the very first fish that got us into this sport.  That's something that is truly sentimental to me, and I will never forget my roots.  We continued to fish for a few more hours, catching some of the biggest panfish that exist on this planet.
Pan Fish San Diego Fishing
   All in all, it was a truly remarkable day.  We might not have won the lottery, but at least we got the ticket! 

(all photos by Eric Warner) Check out more info on the fishery at - SDfish
Lake Barret Fishing report Opener

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