Spring Tide Challenges and a New Species

by | Oct 15, 2016 | Uncategorized

blog-oct-15-2016-1-spring-tide-in-caI leapt from bed early this morning here in Encinitas, California.  Granny and I were eager to get to the Torrey Pines State Beach.  She wanted to do a run while I was aiming to once and for all catch my elusive corbina on the fly.  When we got there at 10 AM the tide was high and the waves dumped a frothy mess of mud and foam against the rocks.


blog-oct-15-2016-2-flyfishing-the-surfTides play a huge factor in saltwater fly fishing.  I knew high was at 9 AM and that because of the present full moon it would be a spring tide (highest high tides of the month).  Prevailing wind made the tide higher than high and the wind created larger than large waves.  I’m disappointed to say I sat in one place for three hours and made a mere ten minutes worth of casts.  Fly fishing the surf was useless this morning.


blog-oct-15-2016-3-barred-sand-bassWe had till about 3 PM before returning to Encinitas to grab a bar stool for the Cubs game.  We went to the river near Del Mar.  It looked grim but I grabbed my rod and tossed some flies and low and behold I caught a barred sand bass (Paralabrax nebulifer).  He’s tiny but a new species for the list nonetheless!


blog-oct-15-2016-4-spotted-bay-bassI caught another fish as well, a spotted bay bass (Paralabrax maculatofasciatus).  I’ve caught heaps of these in Baja but I’ll take more any day.  It was a tug and man was he pretty.  It’s amazing what you can do simply by keeping a fly in the water.


blog-oct-15-2016-5-cubs-playoff-baseballSo the fishing was challenging today but what a Cubs game!  Granny and I celebrated hard and the Cubs are up Game 1.  This is my favorite time of year and to have the Cubs competing in the NCLDS – doesn’t get any better!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!