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    Default I need help with a trip to Central Coast area

    Hello people!

    Well, I need some tips...

    Me and my wife to be had our honeymoon planned at the end of september for Yosemite, but with the huge fire burning there had to change our plans. Actually the cabin we rented suffered a lot of damage and the ranch is closed till next year. Wanting to enjoy Yosemite to it's full glory, we decided to delay this trip and focus on another part of central California : Big Sur.

    The thing is, I was really looking forward to fishing the sierras and Yosemite, I had even booked a guide for the trip... Now, I can see that there are less opportunities to fly fish for trout in Big Sur, at least it's the impression I have.

    So here is the help I need, I'd like some information on available water where I might be able to enjoy a nice stream or river with the chance of catching some fish. Just some general guidelines... From there, I can explore and find good spots!

    If you prefer to give the info private, PM me please! I would be very gratefull if someone wanted to share some info to a fellow angler from up here in Canada!

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: I need help with a trip to Central Coast area

    Anyone?

    I was thinking i could try to catch some surfperch with the 6 wt. Can we fish for these on any beach or are there places you and places you cant... How about fishing for these without waders? Is the water cold this time of year? Ive never fished for SW species...

    Also read about little sur river which will be very close to the property i rented. Any trout to catch there? Any spécial régulations?

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    Default Re: I need help with a trip to Central Coast area

    You could have opportunities to fish the beaches for perch...I've not done it down there. The water will be approx 58-60 deg, most likely and pretty chilly to wade, although you may well have nice weather to mitigate the water temps. The bigger worry is that the surf is treacherous in this part of the world. If you fish the surf, be wary and don't turn your back on the ocean. If in doubt, google California sneaker waves.

    The fresh water possibilities are poor. There's no water in those streams and they aren't exactly "blue ribbon" waters to start with. Sorry...maybe someone has better info for you...

    There's one possibility that I'll send you a PM to explain...-Mike

    edit: oops...here are regs for Little Sur River

    Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.
    2 hatchery trout or hatchery steelhead/day
    4 hatchery trout or hatchery/possession
    steelhead** in possession
    Last edited by mikel; 09-02-2013 at 09:00 PM.

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    Default Re: I need help with a trip to Central Coast area

    Nir: I grew up in Arroyo Grande, CA just south of where you want to stay, but back then I wasn't into fly fishing. I can tell you that the water is going to be COLD. It warms up in late summer where you can get in and tolerate it, without all the limbs turning blue. You will see the surfers out there with just body suits on, but it is still darn cold. Wish I could provide some fishing options. As a kid we used to spin fish off the big rocks and always seemed to catch a few. Big Sur is a beautiful area and you will enjoy the scenery. If you have time head south n hwy 1 and do a tour of Heatst Castle.

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    Not sure of the FF possibilities bit should be a goodplace tomspend some time with the wifey. If you want an equally good time with the wifey and still want some FF I would look at changing your plans several hours East of there to the Tahoe area. The scenery is spectacular, lots to do as a couple and, from what I hear, the FF is good with lots of rivers and streams. I have only spent my time up there snow skiing bit would imagine the fishing is great too. Just a thought.

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    Default Re: I need help with a trip to Central Coast area

    Thanks for the help everyone! I'll do a post of the trip if I manage to squeeze some fishing in there!

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    Default Re: I need help with a trip to Central Coast area

    Quote Originally Posted by nir View Post
    Thanks for the help everyone! I'll do a post of the trip if I manage to squeeze some fishing in there!
    Even if you don't catch anything, it is a beautiful part of CA. As a kid I used to find a big point or rock I could throw a line into the surf, but we were using spinning rigs......still it was lots of fun. Best of luck, have a great time and be careful with the surf.

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    For that area, I would focus on the salt. There are a few reservoirs inland from Big Sur that hold largemouth bass and such, but the coast will provide a great variety of fish to catch right from the beach.

    I would recommend a 6-to-8-wt rod with a full sinking line (I use a 300-grain Scientific Anglers Streamer Express on my 8-wt). Wear your waders and use a stripping basket. The water temperature will be cold, but very tolerable when wearing waders.

    Take a variety of Clousers in sizes 2-8 ranging from white to orange to black, and you'll be amazed at the variety of hungry sea life that sits in inches of water at your feet.

    Check the tides online. A moving tide is good, but an incoming tide is ideal. Give it a try. You will have lots of fun.

    Fishing the surf is an active sport. You'll be moving around and hopping up and down to absorb the waves as they come in. The sinking line is essential for keeping in touch with your fly to feel the strikes. The stripping basket is essential for managing your line in the surf.

    I highly recommend you try it.

    -VB
    ....Just one more cast...

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    Default Re: I need help with a trip to Central Coast area

    Quote Originally Posted by von behr View Post
    I would recommend a 6-to-8-wt rod with a full sinking line (I use a 300-grain Scientific Anglers Streamer Express on my 8-wt). Wear your waders and use a stripping basket. The water temperature will be cold, but very tolerable when wearing waders.
    All good advice in VB's post...esp the stripping basket...

    You mentioned a 6 wt...I fish an old Teeny 200 (30' 200 gr integrated head) rather than a full sink on my 6, but you get the idea...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikel View Post
    All good advice in VB's post...esp the stripping basket...

    You mentioned a 6 wt...I fish an old Teeny 200 (30' 200 gr integrated head) rather than a full sink on my 6, but you get the idea...
    Mikel, good call. I use a 200-grain streamer express on my 6-wt. You're right, either a sink tip or full sink line will cover the bases in the surf.
    ....Just one more cast...

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