-As a licensed California guide, I specialize in guiding fly-anglers in the Central/Northern California surf for surfperch, striped bass, and halibut. Sessions are centered on learning and imparting the tactics and techniques necessary to be successful in the surf. Key points include reading water, understanding tides, structure and line management with a stripping basket; double-hauling the shooting head system, rigging and fly selection.
Overhead casting with double hand rods specifically for striped bass can be focused on as well. The learning curve in fly fishing the surf is a steep one and so sessions are geared towards greatly shortening this curve; there should be the expectation to learn a lot of new tactics and techniques and catching fish for those new to the salt should be considered a bonus. These trips can be great fun for folks visiting the bay area who are looking to experience the coast; or for locals who are interested in finding a good fishery in their backyard where scrappy fish can be caught on fly – a bonus that will help reduce the pain of soaring gas prices as when making a round-trip to the mountains in search of trout.
Guided outings are also available on the local Marin reservoirs to get anglers up to speed on the skills needed to successfully locate and catch trout, bluegill, and bass. Most trips are to Lagunitas, Bon Tempe, and Phoenix.
Anglers are welcome to bring their own gear, but all that is necessary is a CA fishing license and for surf outings a pair of waders and boots. All gear required fly-fishing gear and flies are provided.
Where: Guided outings will take place at Bolinas, Stinson, Muir, and Crissy Field beaches mainly, with possible trips to the Point Reyes, San Francisco, and San Mateo coastlines if conditions make it worthwhile. Monterey Bay outings are also an option with a $50 surcharge for transportation expense and time.
Season: June, July, August, and December
California Guides License # 11805
Guide rates/deposit: $50 per hour + $25 per hour for each additional angler
-50% deposit requested upon booking.
28 Center Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
For additional information, my Published articles:
-Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Nov/Dec: Stripers of a Thousand Casts
-Fly Fishing in Saltwaters May/June: Salty Salmon on Foot
-California Fly Fisher July/August: Stripers in the Pacific Surf