Friday Feb 29, 2020 – Its official, San Luis Reservoir Fly Fishing for Stripers is on. Dan Blanton, Vaughn, and Steph had a great days yesterday and I counted the days a work this week for another chance to fish the lake after the first great day on the lake fishing with Kimmie the dog last week. I called up my buddy Steve Sakamaki and asked him if he was free to fish with me today and he said he had an appointment. I told him he needed to cancel his appointment since I wouldn’t be able to go out for two weeks after today and I had a feeling it would be a GREAT day after getting recent report. Steve is no fool, he cancelled his plans and met me at my house at 7:00.
The lake was a bit bumpy in the morning and I decided to go right for the racks. Steph said he got over 20 at the racks yesterday. As we pulled up to the south tower, I couldn’t wait to get the sonar in the water. It was like unwrapping a christmas gift. Steve has not seen my new Panoptix Livescan and I was ready to show him the huge school of fish we were going to feast on all day but to my disbelief, the screen was blank. Where did they go? I circled the rack looking for fish and noticed much smaller schools of fish swimming around and in between the towers. I chased them around the racks and we managed to catch a dozen over an hour never really getting more than 2 or 3 out of any sonar reads. We “FLOSSED” (-the act of casting a fly line between the pillars to the other side) . It was good fishing but not what I expected. It wasn’t “Banzai” like last week. It was difficult to get a fly in front of the fast moving schools that were 30-40 feet deep . Most of our luck in the morning was finding an area around the racks that sits on the Striper Freeway. We tried to get the flys down 40 feet before the school of fish showed up on the sonar and just wait for them. This technique seemed to work well in the morning when the fish were moving and picky.
I decided at 10:00 to fish the dam from the racks to Romero. We pulled up on the corner of the Trashrack Bridge and found small schools of eating fish moving along the dam all the way to Romero. It was big fun being able to call the cast that Steve or I would hook up on based on the Livescan.. I got good at predicting a hit or fish on any particular cast. There were not many instances of catching a fish that I didn’t see on the livescan. We fished the dam and picked up another dozen fish between the two of us. Around 11:00am, the wind layed down and the weather got warm. You could see midges on the water hatching and the changing conditions turned the racks on. When we returned to the racks, the schools had stopped moving and were milling around close to the wall. We scored three doubles in a row when we got back to the racks in the afternoon We fished the racks till are arms were sore and left at 2:00. We landed at least 20 fish apiece today and I dont remember catching so many 20 inch plus fish in one day. No huge fish were caught but I was impressed that the fish from Romero all the way to the trash racks seem to be clones of each other. Nothing was under 18 inches today and the fish were fat and strong. The Pre Spawn bingeing is happening now in my opinion. The pumps were not on today and no one kicked us off the racks even though a few trucks went by.
Steve was so happy he cancelled his appointments. He really is getting the knack of the strip pause set. The Stripers were coming back to the fly after the misses and they were hitting on the pause still.
There is a section of the video that compares the action of the pulse disc and and non pulse disc Clouser. I am becoming more convinced every trip that using pulse discs gives us the edge. One of these trips Ill film how the pulse disc gives action to a falling fly.