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

Carp Fly Fishing

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.

Summer is Here


      The Carp Throwdown is almost here and I bet you will need to get tuned up before the 13th. So tomorrow we will be hosting the Carp Throwndown Tuneup at Lake Hodges. The event will start at 9 am. Conway Bowman, Al Q and John Hendrickson will be there to help you fine tune your carp skills. I will be there with a few rods for you to try and cast and a few carp flies we have in our store in case you need to pick up a few.


   As for the fishing, the hoppers are finally here. I was a Henshaw a few days ago and they were out in force. The carp are not feeding on them yet but they will be very soon. Mission Bay is just about on fire in certain areas. We have been catching 10 to 30 fish in just a few hours from shore. The Spotties, Croaker and Halibut are all on the chew right now just make sure your getting down to the bottom. No Corvina yet but they will be here in the next couple of weeks. If you are having trouble with fishing fish in the Bay or need some more help with carp fishing you can book a guide trip to help you sharpen your skills.


Tyler's nice Spottie


And a Nice Yellowfin Croaker


A little late evening session

No Rain Delays


Cold rainy days usually mean a rough day for carp fishing. Dustin and I took David, David, David, Paul and Paul or for a cold wet day on the water. And no that is not a typo, 3 Davids and 2 Pauls. I have to give these guys some big props, they fished hard to and were able to get fish to hand. The carp were only up in certain places and the fly had to be put in the exact right spot to even have a chance at hooking a fish. Most of the fish came on small nymph droppers but we did have a couple of takes on the dry as well. I think if we get a warm weekend the fishing will start to really turn on.



 David With a nice Carp


 Another David with his catch 


And the release

Carp'n 4/19


Made the trip Henshaw over the weekend with some good results. My dad decided to make the trip out as well, which is always fun. We walked a good chunk of shoreline and there was a few fish cruising the shallows but you had to work a bit to get them to bite. I was being stubborn and just fished the dry.  I had three fish kiss my hopper before I was able to get one to eat and man was he pissed. He took me deep into the backing on the first run. The carp gave me a few more runs before he came to hand. My dad was able to get a few kisses but none to hand. The one good thing is that the weather was just about perfect and I got to see my pup with my parents.

Carp-Fly-Fishing-Hook-UpFish On

Carp-Release-Fly-FiahingThe Release


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

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