Event Description: Surf Fishing in Half Moon Bay - Event date and time is TBD (probably first week of Oct.)
Event Skill Levels:
- Wading: Moderate to difficult due to waves from the ocean
- Catch Success Rate: Varied
This event is for "registration of interest only" and does not require any financial obligations until such time as the trip details are settled, and there are no cancellation penalties until that time.
Fish from the beach to catch striped bass and perch using a 6-8 wt fly rod and shooting head, sinking lines. See more details below for other types of suggested equipment.
The date for this event is TBD. Weekdays are preferable. Jim Knecht will contact you once we see what kind of interest there is.
Cash price: $25 for TVFF members and $70 (includes the $45 annual membership to TVFF) for non-members and guests.
You may pay by check or cash directly to the Club Treasurer within two weeks of registration and not pay the credit card surcharge of 3.0% if you desire. If you do pay cash you will be put into "Pending Registration" until your payment is received within the two weeks. Late payments will require you to register once again if there is space still available.
Credit Card price: $25.75 includes the payment by credit card with the 3.0% surcharge. Guest cost is $72.10 for non-members and guests that includes an annual membership to TVFF.
Fishmeister: Jim Knecht
Accommodations and Food:
This is an up and back day trip. Each angler is responsible for their own lunch, snacks and water. The group can decide if they want to have dinner in the area before heading back.
Gear and Tackle Recommendations:
Rod: 6-8 weight are acceptable, but if you hook a striper, halibut or big piece of kelp with a 6 weight you could be unhappy. Recommend 9-foot 8 weight
Line: Use a sinking line, either intermediate or fast sink. Shooting Head T8/11
Leader: Monofilament – 3 to 6 feet of 10 to 20 lb. Fluorocarbon is not needed. Fish in the surf zone are not leader shy.
Flies: Flies with red, orange, or rootbeer colors in size 2, 4, 6, or 8 are fine. Orange color flies or Brown San Juan worm. For targeting Stripers, use a baitfish pattern.
Other Gear suggestions:
Stripping Basket: Highly recommended. This will help keep the flyline from tangling around your feet and kelp.
Waders with wading belt: I use boot-foot waders because the sand does not get into the boots.
Jacket: Highly recommend a light jacket outside of your waders and buttoned up to the chin, to keep the water from splashing over the top and down your waders. I wear a pull over kayak jacket.
Glasses: Either sunglasses or shooting glasses (in low light conditions) to protect your eyes.
PFD – Personal Flotation Device: Required, a good safety feature because the surf will sometimes knock you down. I wear an SOS inflatable vest.
Casting: Cast over the oncoming wave so the line doesn’t hit the face of the wave and get pushed back towards you. Retrieve immediately, as the fish may already be biting and spitting. A good double haul cast will shoot your line 80 feet. To avoid tourists and dogs, check behind you before casting.
Retrieve: A key to catching surf perch is to maintain contact with your fly at all times. This means keeping a tight line with the fly during the retrieve. Get the rod tip down, pointed towards the fly, and either a slow or quick retrieve (experiment with the retrieve until success catching fish), stuffing the fly line into the stripping basket keeps the flyline from snagging on things in the water such as kelp or wading boots. Maintaining direct contact with the fly, allows the angler to feel bite. Set the hook by using a strip set not by raising the flyrod.
Time of day to fish the surf? Early mornings or late evenings, mornings normally are calm without on-shore winds from the ground warming up.
Tri Valley Fly Fishers
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Protocol
TVFF Outings Policy as of September 20, 2020
As a club, the Tri Valley Fly Fishers have developed and agreed to a set of required guidelines, protocols and rules in order to help direct our members on ways to stay safe day, multi-day outings, or individual “Tag-Alongs”.
These protocols were developed by the TVFF Board of Directors as well as input from other local clubs which included a member virologist, various safety committees, and member experts. We feel that these protocols and guidelines are consistent with public health information and experts. These protocols are assured, observed, and enforced by outing leaders as well as members themselves. Extra masks, spray disinfectant and sanitizer are available from the outing leaders.
Please note that the Tri Valley Fly Fishers accepts no liability for inadequate protection or the transmission of Covid-19 among members or guests. Therefore, each member should review the following protocols that the Club subscribes to and make an individual decision of whether to participate in an activity or not, based upon their individual circumstances and personal safety.
TVFF Outings protocols are as follows:
· If you are sick with cold/flu symptoms then we ask you to please stay home
· We believe in social distancing and require that all members keep a full fly rod distance of at least 6’ distance between parties
· Everyone will be responsible for making, bringing, and consuming their own separate food and drinks
· Please handle your own gear (and your own fish!) only. No sharing for doctored fish pictures.
· All attendees should wash and sanitize their hands frequently
TVFF Cancellation Policy:
To sign-up for a TVFF Event that is currently open for registration and chargeable (as set by the Fishmeister), you must both register and pay online, or via check or cash, within two weeks of registering (sent to the TVFF Treasurer) whatever fee is described for that particular Event (trip) at the time of registration. There may be multiple payments required before the trip is actually taken (usually in the case of expensive trips), but it is necessary that you do make payment in the above timely fashion for the initial amount to secure your position on the trip. However, please note that you are still responsible for the entire amount of the trip if you should need to cancel.
Once you are registered, there are no refunds for chargeable Events and trips. In the situation that a member is, for any reason unable to attend, they may resell their registration slot to another TVFF member (by first pulling from the waitlist if one exists). New participants must come first from the waitlist in the order they signed up. The member cancelling is fully and solely responsible for contacting potential members to replace them and notifying the appropriate Fishmeister.
If an event/trip is fully registered and closed to registration, you may still sign up on the Wait List to be notified if there are any cancellations. In such a case of registering provisionally on the Wait List, you do not have to pay until such time that you clear the Wait List and are confirmed for participation.