Between Bay and Surf
San Franciscans have a unique opportunity when it comes to fly fishing for striped bass, and that’s variety which gives you the ability to find all types of water.
Sunday morning I woke up knowing that the wind was supposed to be terrible according to the forecast (which I never believe). When the W is up to 15mph to its hard to fly fish the open Pacific Ocean, giving anglers down in the Monterey Bay and other coastal areas of the state, limited options for fishing.
Luckily we San Franciscans have the bay to take cover. Giving anglers the opportunity to fly fish even on the windiest of days. So Sunday I started searching all around the bay for areas I could get a line wet without dealing with to much wind.
South end of Nantucket Island
Crissy Field, China Beach, Baker Beach are examples of what I like to call between bay and surf. These beaches remind me of the beaches I used to fish in Nantucket, Mass. The swell isn’t nearly as large as the open Pacific Ocean, but significant amounts of water are moving in and out of beach in a given tide.
Well for one these beaches produce fish all summer long, and it can also prepare you for Fly Fishing the beaches in the East Coast since the type of water is similar.
I highly recommend if you are planning a trip to Marthas Vineyard, Nantucket, or areas similar, get to those these beaches, play around with lines systems and most of all fish hard. Lessons you learn there can help catch the striper of your life.