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tabuk 01-26-2005 07:16 PM

What kinds of fish?
Hello, my name is Chad Im 18 and new to these forums and flyfishing. I just inherited a OLD fenglass fs61 from a friend whos grandfather just died, god rest his soul, and have decided to take up the hobby. Id like to do some research on the fish I should be looking for but so far have only come across some tips on the art of flyfishing. I figure I should know where and what to look for before I try so anything on what Im supposed to be catching would be great. Thanks.

Edit: Wow, theres alot more to fly fishing than I thought, If anyone knows of any good books on the subject that would be awsome. And I know the question about the fish seems lame, so ill refine it a bit, do all fish go for flies or are there specific species?

Edit 2: I really wish I had my grandpa or a dad to teach me this stuff but I dont. I dont even know anyone who fly fishes! And until I do find someonw I have to rely on forums stocked with people who know what theyre talking about. Again thanks to anyone who replys.

Thanks to the people who gave it a shot, guess nobody know what kind of fish theyre catching.

teflon_jones 01-30-2005 04:50 PM

Hey Tabuk. Your question is a little too broad! :) First of all, are you interested in salt or freshwater? What kinds of fish do you have in mind?

salt dog 01-30-2005 07:39 PM

Unless you have a strong preference for a certain type of fish, start out by picking out a stream, lake or pond nearby that you can get to easily and want to fish.

Call the local wildlife agency to find out what fish are likely to be found there, then go to a local fly shop when they are not too busy and tell them you're just starting out and thinking about trying to fish lake 'x' for 'y' fish, and let them know what kind of rod/reel/ set up you have, or show it to them if you don't know. You will likely need to buy some line/leader/tippet material from them and flies, and can get them to show you how to tie the appropriate knots for it, and the flies to use for the time of year you will start, and how to fish the flies. You will likely get a wealth of information, more than you can digest in one sitting. That is why you want to do business with your local fly shop though, because Cabelas or other mail / web catologue wharehouses won't show you which flies to use, when, and how to use them. The shop owner's time and advice is valuable; reciprocate by making your purchases with those folks and they will consider it a fair bargain. In my mind I usually am getting the benefit of the bargain as they are giving me a wealth of decades of fishing experience for no extra charge.

Be sure to go back when the same salesperson / owner is working and give him feedback about your day on the water and hit him up with your next set of questions.

You will be off and running in no time. You may want to ask the shop owner what fly fishing clubs are around, see if they have a junior membership, and now you've got a couple of dozen potential mentors and fishing partners. Don't be shy about asking question, as the learing process never stops, whether a beginner or long time ff, and most fisherman consider it a complement to be asked questions about their art.

Good luck.

Flyfsh 02-01-2005 08:49 PM

Exelent suggestions Salt Dog.
As far as the question about will all fish take flies the answer is yes. In a small local pond or stream the BlueGill will take flies & are strong for there size. Every once in a while you will catch larger fish too.
If possible try to get some help learning casting.

bluegillbob 02-05-2005 12:02 AM

Another way to catch bluegills on the flyrod is to use the small yellow poppers. Fish these around the spawning beds in the spring, and you will catch plenty of bluegills.

Poppers are great for beginners because they are easy to see, float all the time, and when the fish attack them it is a bonus to watch! :)

new yawk 02-05-2005 09:49 AM

hi... living in san luis obispo, you might be within some proximity to a few different types of waters to fish. there is supposedly decent saltwater fishing in the pacific near santa cruz. there are also some impoundments near you (i think) that have good reputations. there are also trout streams in the mountains. two good sources of info for you might be dan blanton's website (i think it's --go to the message boards and post. also, there's a fly shop in sacramento named kiene's. bill kiene is a helpful guy, who would probably be more than happy to give you some insights. good luck.

MarkS 02-07-2005 09:03 AM

Hey Tabuk;

Sorry to hear about the reason for your getting the fishing rod, but welcome to the fly fishing fraternity.

Used to live in California (Bay Area) and have fished down your way before as well (Pismo Beach area) so might be able to offer you some more specific advice, though what has been provided thus far has been great.

To answer your initial question, almost any fish will take a "fly", provided that the "fly" resemlbes something they are interested in eating. Lets think about what you have available to you.

Trout: I have heard of some trout in the streams near SLO, but think you would do better for trout heading up to the Sierras (check out California Blue Ribbon Trout Streams, by Bill Sunderland)

Bluegills and Bass: Pretty much any stillwater in your area will have some. With some polarized glasses you may be able to see them, and the advice on lily pads and weed beds is good. Small poppers in the early AM or evening might be your best the heat of an SLO summer fish may head deep.

White bass: lake nacimiento just north of you (thought this is a boat affair)

Stripers: abit further north to San Luis Reservoir and the works well.

Salt water: right off the beach at Pismo or Avila Beach you will find Surf Perch, croakers, halibut, all very willing to take a fly. This is generally the area for a sinking line, which is perhaps best left until you have a good grasp of the techniques of casting.

Casting: I learned from reading a book, but would recommend that you look at a lesson or two either from someone who is a proficient caster, or preferrable from an instructor (I know there is a fly shop in SLO, although the name escapes me)

Doesn't have to be far, but being able to lay out 30-40 feet of line in the general vicinity of where you would like, will get you into the bluegills and bass.

Have loads of fun.


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