Fish the “Middle Grounds” of San Francisco Bay, an area with some of the best Striped Bass fly fishing on the West Coast. Capt. John Quigley
September, October, and early November is the best time to pursue Stripers on the bay. The nicest weather conditions of the year, light winds, clear water, and schools of stripers returning from the ocean beaches all combine to make this the time of year to fish for Striped Bass on the bay. The Spring months (March through June) often have good fishing, but wind and weather conditions can be difficult.
All these spots are within a 10 to 15 minute run … Red Rock, the Brothers, the Sisters, Marin Islands, China Camp, San Quentin, Richmond Bridge, Paradise Cove and California City. This area is the heart of the best striper fly fishing the bay has to offer!
Boat: A 22' Boston Whaler Dauntless with a 225 HP Evinrude E-Tec. Rigged specially for fly fishing, it has two stern mounted electric motors for precise maneuvering and control. Fast and Comfortable. Docked on Corte Madera Creek ... easy access to the prime fishing areas of the bay!
Equipment: We fish with 7 to 9 weight rods, usually with fast sinking lines. Bring your own or use one of my top-of-the-line outfits. Primarily Sage rods and quality, large arbor reels. Line buckets, flies, and leaders are supplied. Top water outfits with floating lines are available if the opportunity presents itself!
A cooler with ice, water, and soft drinks will be on board. Bring sandwiches and/or snacks if you like.
Catch and Release is encouraged and the use of barbless hooks is easier on the fish and safer for the caster.
Due to tides and changing wind conditions, half-day charters are recommended. Save the longer trips for periods of predictable weather and good fishing.
If you have considered flyfishing for Striped Bass but haven't tried it ... don't hesitate. I have all the equipment and I thoroughly enjoy introducing newcomers to the great striper fishery we have in our backyard!
Fishing license required. If you need to obtain a license, One-Day and Annual licenses are available from California DFG online. http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/intro.html