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The San Francisco Surf Fly Fishing Report

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Capt. Kevin DeGulis reports on 8.29.18

Wow, what a week in the surf. It seems we have finally hit the dog dawgs of summer and things seem to be clearing up.  It all started on Thursday, with my new two-hand switch rod set up (highly recommend). Schoolies couldn’t get enough of Clouser minnows, and this was the first time in a month I was able to find a consistent amount of stripers from the surf. Schoolies are an excellent sign and what is to come in the next month, so get ready. 


Lost Coast hosted another surf clinic at Crissy Field. This time the Halibut bite came early and often as Irin pulled in a California Halibut on her first cast in the salt. Unfortunately, the halibut was a little too small to eat if just a couple of inches bigger the clinic would have gourmet lunch. 

Overall we had a fantastic time; the participants were eager to understand the tides and timing which are great questions to ask.
As freshwater fly fisherman come to check out the surf, I have to continually remind individuals that it is an entirely different type of fly fishing altogether. I use the analogy that its the difference between basketball and soccer, yes you are still using a ball (fishing), but it’s just a different game. 

Max with a nice one

Understanding and accepting this idea can go a long way in catching fish, but why would you want it any other way?.
Fly Fishing is about the challenge, the journey it takes you, and the surf emboidings each of those ideals. 

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