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Delta, Jose & Gabriel

Jose Silva Delta StriperThe fact that Jose was still waiting for us at the dock, more than an hour after sunset, was surprising.

When I saw the digital camera in his hand I knew why…

How big?” I asked.

He ignored me and asked how we’d done. “Terrible”, I responded, “Now let’s see it Jose”…

…With a sly smirk he coyly responded, “See what? Why are you getting in so late? We were worried. Let’s go eat”.

[Image, Jose Silva and Gabriel Roussere, California Delta Striper Fly Fishing]

Jose is an incredible story-teller – and he was damned-determined to get the maximum mileage out of this one.

The torture continued on the way to the restaurant, with a few leaks here-and-there…

…Then over fajitas, back at the trailer, and over coffee the following morning.

In short – the spot they’d chosen to duck out of the wind just so happened to be chalk-full of big, hungry, double-digit fish, the apex of which was an immaculate 30+ pounder!

Though the pictures are great, the story that accompanies them is second to none, unfortunately, it’s not mine to tell and one that only Jose can rightfully do justice.

[Image, Jose Silva California Delta Striper Fly Fishing]

[Image, Jose Silva 30 pound California Delta Striper Fly Fishing]

[Image, Jose Silva Huge Delta Striper]

[Image, Jose Silva 30 pounder California Delta Striper Fly Fishing]

By morning the wind was gone but it was still bitter cold outside. I took the opportunity to brew an extra couple cups of coffee and fill a third travel mug…

…Though both Brandon & I drink our coffee black, I dumped as many sugar packs as I could find into the additional mug.

As I opened the trailer door to brave the cold and present my “hot-coffee-offering” to Jose’s truck – he’d beat me to it. There he was, standing in the doorway about to knock. I handed him the steaming mug, he smiled, took a sip, and then laughed, “I will take you to the spot”.

They don’t make em like Jose anymore – it’s too bad…

[Image, California Delta Striper Fly Fishing]

Between 2 boats & 4 fly lines it didn’t take long at all to scour last night’s bucket to determine that the big fish had moved out…

…We hadn’t really expected them to still be there, but it’s one of those things you just have to do to prevent the “what-if’s” from haunting your head the rest of the day.

We went our separate ways for the most part at this point and Jose & Gabriel found some nice fish scattered throughout the day.

[Image, Gabriel Roussere California Delta Striper Fly Fishing]

[Image, Jose Silva California Delta Striper Fly Fishing]

[Image, Jose Silva California Delta Striper Fly Fishing]

[Image, Gabriel Roussere California Delta Striper Fly Fishing]

[Image, Gabriel Roussere California Delta Striped Bass]

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