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April 7- Kistler Ranch with Amador Fly Fishers. This outing is full! Can't wait to hear how it goes!
April 9th: Casting practice at Legion Park on the corner of Hutchins and Vine from 5 to 7 pm. Find us behind the tennis courts in the opening under the redwood trees at the back of the park. This evening there will be instruction on rod assembly, rod maintenance and putting your rod safely away. The area will be set up for pick up and lay down practice as well as targets at 20/30/40 feet.
This is a great opportunity for anyone newer to fly fishing as well as those who want to fine tune their most functional distance casts!
April 14th: Monthly Zoom Membership Meeting. Zoom meeting opens at 6:30 for social time. Club business begins at 7. Presentation to begin around 7:15.
Bass Fishing in Northern California By Captain Hogan Brown
In this presentation Hogan will talk about why he moved from a trout fishing guide that bass fished to a bass fishing guide that occasionally trout fishes. He will share the realities surrounding the availability and access for most Californians to bass and why it is truly our states richest and most readily available game fish. As well as the biology, habitat, and why this fish is one of the best fly rod species to target in Northern California. He will also share his theories on how and when to fish for these fish across various locations and watersheds as well as fly design, presentation, and tactics.
April 21: Board of Directors Zoom meeting 6:30pm
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April 25: Spring Stripers on the Delta! Delta outing location has been changed to Paradise Point, Bishop's Cut.
Due to safety concerns and general fishing opportunities, the location of the Delta outing has been changed from B&W Marina on the Mokelumne to Paradise Point Marina on Bishop's Cut. The marina is located near the west end of Eight Mile Road, west of I-5. To reach the marina, go west on Eight Mile Road at I-5 and turn left before crossing the bridge at the first levee. The marina features a two-lane launch ramp. Fees are $15 for trailer boats, $10 for hand-launched craft. It also has a store but it's unknown if it will be open during the outing.
Fishing for striped bass has been reported as excellent on Disappointment Slough, adjacent to Bishop Cut. High tide change is estimated at 9:40am which should make for moderate tidal currents for two hours before and two hours after tide change. Recommended equipment is a seven to nine weight rod and a fast sinking line, a four to six-foot leader of 20# test, and chartreuse over white 2/0 Clouser. The marina has a large 5mph limit and but float tubes are discouraged since propulsion against the tide can be a problem.
If the fish are willing and present, the bite should be good for the two hours before and about four hours after tide change or around 1:30 pm. Don't expect to see any topwater action either for stripers or largemouth although some largemouth may be caught by fishing streamers close to the rock walls.
While a hot lunch has been a part of this outing in the past, no lunch is offered on this outing due to Covid restrictions.
WARNING: This is a spring Delta outing. Winds can be excessively high and inclement weather can still be a problem. If high winds or heavy rain is predicted, the outing will be cancelled.
April 28th: Fly of the Month
May 1st: Kelsey Bass Ranch
Our Annual Kelsey Bass Ranch Outing will be held on Saturday May 1st, 2021. The Kelsey Ranch is located about 28 miles east of Turlock, and east of Snelling, CA. Kelsey Lake is a 125-acre impoundment stocked with trophy size Florida Black Bass. We expect that the outing will be very well attended by our Club members this year. We ask that you abide by CDC guide line that will be in place at the time of the outing. In the past Excellent Adventures has provided lunch for all attendees but this year we are asking that you provide your own lunch. We will keep you updated if something changes.
By the time of the outing the lake should be full and in very good condition. The bass are currently staging on the beds and getting ready to spawn. You could see some bass still guarding the beds and in other areas small clouds of dark fry. During the month of May, the redear sunfish start their spawning ritual. A good location to find this activity in on top of the submerged island. I will try to get down to pre-fish the lake before the outing and post a report.
Since we will not be having any Club meeting, the only way for you to sign-up is by emailing me: email@example.com or calling Al Smatsky at (209) 601-0819, please do so by April 28th. The cost of the Kelsey outing is $85 per angler, payable to Excellent Adventures, you may mail a check to: 619 West Pine Street, Lodi CA 95240. An entry passes, along with gate code, will emailed to all those that are attending. Please make sure that you print out the pass and place on your dashboard of your vehicle when parked at the lake.
RECOMMENDATION: The following requirement applies to participants in Guided Float Trip Outings and those Outings where participants use owned, rented or loaned watercraft such as, but not limited to, boats, canoes, kayaks, prams, pontoon boats and float tubes: “Each participant should wear a Coast Guard approved protective safety flotation device (SFD) at all times while boarding, disembarking or on board the watercraft.”
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