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Saltwater Fly Fishing

Evening Session


   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.


Tight Lines,


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. 


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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