Sunny skies, little to no wind, 70 degree weather and winter water temperatures that had been steadily rising for the past three weeks from the low 40â€™s up into the 50â€™s – the perfect day to take a colleague of mine out for his first fly fishing trip on the Delta. Kelvin is no stranger to Delta stripers by any means but â€œtossingâ€ flies to them is a new concept heâ€™d just recently taken an interest inâ€¦ (compliments of TheAngle of course).
While Kelvin was re-tuning his casting stroke for his first experience launching T-14 I took advantage of the early morningâ€™s low-light and flat water to continue my top-water efforts testing some new surface experimentations Iâ€™d tied up over the past week.
The crease fly and Lee’s gurgler were included in the picture for perspective.
Maybe 20 minutes into it and 4 fly changes later I was rewarded with a big boil behind my fly immediately followed by a turbulent strike and a miss. A few minutes later and Kelvinâ€™s fly was grabbed and prematurely released. As the sun continued rising it was looking like it was going to be a great day. WRONG! The rest of the day went basically fishless. The spring-like weather made up for the slow fishing though and after washing a midday burger down with a cold sierra on the deck of Sugar Bargeâ€™s Paradise Grill we mutually agreed that we had been stuck working off some unpaid duesâ€¦ and that Jeff is going to owe us one.
We lazily stuck it out through the late afternoon until the sun began setting behind Mt Diablo at which time I switched back to my top-water setup and began pounding out surface presentations again. â€œPlopâ€ — â€œplopâ€ — â€œplopâ€ — pauseâ€¦ â€œplopâ€ — pause.. BOIL – â€œplopâ€ – â€œplopâ€ – â€œplopâ€ – â€œplopâ€ – pauseâ€¦ BANG ! â€œFish-onâ€! 2 seconds later, â€œFish-offâ€! Oh well, â€œThat was Awesomeâ€! With the sun down and the last remaining light quickly following, we worked a tule line into the darkness with a few more boils and one more grab-n-miss before we finally dug out the lights and began the long dark boat ride back to the marina.