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Fishing Reports

Evening Session

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   I headed out to Crown Point after work see if there where going to be any fish willing to eat a fly. I had a good incoming tide. So, I threw on my trusted old Brown over Orange Clouser and started to cover water. I took me a few casts to get my first grab and sure enough I trout set and missed the fish. But the next cast I strip set like actually knew what I was doing. It was a decent Spotty that I had to drag out of the grass a few times. I landed a few fish before I got my butt handed to me. This fish railed my fly on the first sink and ripped off about 15 to 20 feet of line. Then she dove into the grass and rolled a bit before she got stuck in the grass. I tried pulling, changing angles and slacking off the line but no success. At least I was able to get my fly back in one piece. Then I had a great sunset to end a good day on the water.

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Tight Lines,

Alex


Mission Bay Shore Style

Fly Fishing Mission Bay

  What to do when you have great tides but you have to go to work around 11 that morning. What to do, what to do. I know what to do! I’ll go hit up Mission Bay from the shore for a few hours. So I grabbed my 6 wt. with a Floating Outbound Short rigged with 12 foot leader and a Brown/white Clouser Minnow. With the good tides I decided to try a new area that I have not fished before. As I looked over the new water I saw rocks and eel grass with a little bit of current but there was no baitfish in the shallows. I still wanted to give the new area a try even though I didn’t see much life. I covered the water fairly quickly with only one miniature spottie to show for my efforts. The conditions were just too good for the amount of action I was getting so I decided to make a move to another area that I know holds fish. Sure enough on the first cast, before I even stripped any line in, I get ripped, and just like that the first fish of the morning on the line. It was a spotted Bay Bass that was just under legal size. I was able to land more 7 fish in just under an hour. As the sun started to break through the marine layer the fishing started to slow down. The sun started to really burn through so I decided to call it a day. The go to color was brown or tan with a little bit of orange or red. Try using the #2 Orange Ghostly Shrimp, #4 Root Beer Foxy Clouser, #1/0 Deep Angel Hair Minnow or the #1/0 Gray/White Clouser minnow. Tight Lines


Night Patrol at the Break Wall

calico bass fly fishing

 Its that time to get back on the graveyard shift. This time I took two of my friends, Kesley and Alex, to help give me a hand. The ride out to the wall was almost glass. I had to motor around for bit before I found the right conditions of tide and push. Alex made his first cast and wwaaaammm.  The skunk was off the boat with a nice Calico just like that. We kept picking up fish here and there. Then I made a couple of fly changes to yellow and the fish were all over mellow yellow. I lost count of how many doubles we had that night. Mainly Calico Bass from 1 to 3 pounds with a few decent Sand Bass mixed in with the Calicos. Then I felt a solid THUMP and I knew I had a good fish. Little did I know how big she was till I came tight to her. Then the battle in sued, I was holding on to the line as tight as I could with out trying to give her any line. I was able to hold off the first surge and get a few quick strips in. Then came the second and third surge.  When I let some line slip on one of the surges I thought she got me into the rocks but I got lucky. Finally I was making some headway and got her to come to the surface. As soon as we got the light on her our jaws dropped at the size of this Calico. Into the net she went and on to the scale. She tipped the scale at 7 pounds. What great night to be on the water with good friends. 

Record 28 Pound Trout Caught in Idaho

Record trout caught 28 lbs Idaho

WOW! Now that is a fish of a lifetime...although did any one tell this guy to change his pants before he got a photo that will likely be the most epic of his life?  That, he would probably be seen by millions of people for the next 20 years sporting a blown out pair of sweats?   #fishingpants #patchthehole #5minoffame  I don't know about you but my wife would kill me.   I hear my mother in the background saying...but what if the President comes to dinner.  Okay so this guys out fishing and now we are being the fashion police but comon', a warm flannel and a crop button goes a long way in your moment of fame.  While he isn't going to hold the official record because there was no official weighin we are going to be toasting to you tonight Larry. You landed a monster fish and had the sportsmanship to let it go...kudos!  Thats why we are giving you the first ever @sportsmanaward award from us here at The Fly Stop.  

We will be doing a monthly shout out to the greatest, the most admirable, and the most despicable stories people and stories from the outdoors.  So if you have a vote  for someone you think should qualify- tweet, facebook, or instagram us, and if you are ever so lucky you too may be given an official LARRY(trophy image to come....get on that design guys.)  

Crowley Still Hot as Season ends

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I was going head off to Phoenix last week for a family reunion.  The sudden rain

storms and flooding made us hold off for a few days so family could get their

houses in order.  Since we had a few days before we would leave I proposed to

my wife we head up to Mammoth on our way to Phoenix.  I said  “It’s on the

way”,  well it really isn’t but it sounded good.  I got the nod of approval and we

were off, two days of fishing Crowley.  A storm ripped through Mammoth and left

cold temps and snow.  We arrived Monday to cold weather but Tuesday and

Wednesday quickly warmed up.   The plan was to do midging and pass on the

streamer fishing.  To midge fish all you need is a 9’ 5wt rod, 12’-14’ of straight 5x,

and tie on two midges 10 inches apart with a split shot crimped between them

with an indicator to suspend them.  Once you find the depth of water you want to

fish, clamp some hemostats to the bottom fly and lower it down into the water till

it hits the bottom, place your finger on the fly line where it touches the surface of

the water and place your indicator 6 inches to a foot below that mark.  

The fishing was off a bit on Green Banks Tuesday and Wednesday so you really

had to work hard to find the fish, but your indicator would go under plenty of

times to keep the stripe off your back.  Thursday was going to be a half day of

fishing then start the drive to Phoenix.  The plan for Thursday was to fish 6 Bays in

the North Arm.  The morning started off cold and clear but once the sun crested

over the Nevada mountains, it warmed up quick.   The warm still weather was

perfect for the midges to start hatching.  With a few casts to different depths the

magic number was 13 feet.  Hang your midges in 13 feet of water, 6 inches to a

foot off the bottom and you were in the zone.  Every 3-5 minutes your indicator

would disappear under the smooth glassy surface.  This went on for……..  Well I

don’t get to say this much, but we left them biting.  All the fish caught were fat

chunky rainbow, even the smaller bows were thick footballs with big bellies.  My

best fish was a fat 21” rainbow that went 4 pounds.

This has been one of the best seasons in 10 years.  The fishing season will be

ending in a few weeks, so you still have a little time to get in on the great fishing.  

If you have been in the shop you know I talk a ton about Crowley and that’s

because it’s one of my favorite places to fish in the Eastern Sierra’s.  When I bring

up Crowley in the shop I get the same response:  “Crowley is a mud hole in the

desert”.  Well I’m ok with that, more big fat trout me!

About the Author:     

Chuck Loudat works at “The Bird Rock Fly Shop” in La Jolla CA.  He is the assistant

manager for the shop.  When he’s not fishing the Eastern Sierra’s or tying flies you

will find him casting a fly rod in the San Diego Surf or fly fishing out of his kayak on

San Diego Bay.

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