Posts tagged with "San Diego Fly Fishing"



7 wt rods are a good one rod solution for fishing San Diego waters
A 9 foot 5 weight fly rod is the most common first fly rod purchase made by anglers getting into fly fishing. That is because fly fishing is still primarily thought of as a trout fishing technique by non-fly anglers. But for most of the world, nation, and even San Diego County, trout are not nearby or only available in small numbers for a few months of the year. Here in the San Diego area, when we take into account both freshwater and saltwater species, there are dozens more species available...
Techniques · January 02, 2021
Al Quattrocchi came by the shop a couple of weeks ago and dropped off some copies of his new book “The Corbina Diaries”. Al "Q" is well known in the Southern California fly angling community and is recognized beyond California as an accomplished fly angler and enthusiastic teacher. His live presentations on fly fishing our SoCal saltwaters are always great draws with the crowds excited by his energetic and clear discussions of tackle and techniques. Sight fishing for Corbina is considered...
Musings and other Commentary · January 01, 2021
Heading out just before sunrise to start a new day
Well, we just finished off 2020. To say it has been a difficult year would be a significant understatement. I’m sure everyone who is reading this has had to navigate their own challenges this year. We have navigated some rocky waters, one reason this blog has been quiet for over a year, but have come through well so far. We all will have additional challenging waters to navigate in 2021. From the business end of things, supply chain issues related to COVID-19 have made it difficult to get...
Product Spotlight · June 28, 2019
Redington Predator 590-4 great lightweight saltwater fly rod
Throughout the saltwater fly fishing community a 9 foot 8 weight rod is usually the most commonly recommended starting rod. That is a great choice that will be useful for a wide range of conditions. However, in our Southern California bays and estuaries, the vast majority of fish caught will be less than two pounds in weight and often less than one pound and not as much fun when caught with an 8 weight rod compared to a lighter rod. Trout sized gear will often do quite nicely when pursuing our...
Fishy Outings · January 21, 2019
Spotted Bay Bass aka "Spottie" taken on the fly rod
San Diego has great year round angling, even during mid-winter, and San Diego bay is perhaps the most consistent local winter fishery. Except for when storms are passing through, winter breezes are often less than summer winds. When the ocean has six to twelve foot swells as has been the case over the last couple of weeks, the bay remains comparatively calm.
Fishy Outings · September 05, 2018
Fly Caught Skipjack
Some of the Stroud Tackle team headed out for a bluewater expedition yesterday with a goal of finding the skipjack tuna which have been around in plentiful numbers offshore recently. We love skipjack as a great light tackle sportfish and great table fare when properly prepared. “Skippies” are one of our favorite fly rod fish. The plan for the day was to head southwest to an area where the fish had recently been reported and start hunting. So we met at the dock at Shelter Island at 0530 and...
Fishy Outings · August 31, 2018
Calico bass taken on a Clouser Minnow
We made a quick outing today to the Point Loma kelp beds today before the holiday weekend crowds found their way to the water. We didn’t start too early, launching at 0630 at the Dana Landing ramp on Mission Bay. Launch ramp traffic was down compared to previous weeks. We headed in about 1100 to find the bay starting to get congested with early holiday traffic. The water was cooler than in recent weeks; we metered water temps from 68 - 72 F. A 3 foot swell at 8 seconds from the west had us...
Fish Species · August 27, 2018
The kelp bass, commonly called the “Calico” bass have been a popular game fish in Southern California for decades with conventional anglers. A long time staple of the local half and three-quarter day sport fishing party boats, they have become more popular with fly anglers over the last twenty years. The calico bass fishing around the kelp beds off of Pt. Loma and La Jolla has been excellent all summer and continues to be good. These powerful predators readily take the fly when on the feed...