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How to Get Started in SoCal Surf Fly Fishing
The “How to” aspects of surf fly fishing may seem daunting at first, but chin up! Here are some resources to help you get started. And don’t forget – nothing beats time on the water! Get out there and fish!
SCSurffishng.com – a conventional gear site, but a great resource for up-to-the minute reports
Surf Fly Fishing Primer & Tips – A great intro by Craig Smith on the SDFish.com forum
Books by Ken Hanley
- Fly Fishing the Pacific Inshore
- Fly Fishing Afoot in the Surf Zone
Fly Fish the Surf – by Lee Baermann – The matching book!
California Fly Fisher magazine and Southwest Fly Fishing magazine run SoCal surf fly fishing articles on a regular basis. Keep an eye out for back issues, if you can find them.
A Guide to Southern California Beach Fishing – a downloadable brochure put out by the California Department of Wildlife (don’t laugh, it is actually a good CONCISE guide to fishing the surf. It even has a paragraph on fly-fishing!)
Fly Fishing the Surf – by Angelo Peluso (just Atlantic coast info, but useful for SoCal fly fishers)
Most fly-fishing shops in the Southern California area (Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura, San Diego, and even Kernville!) offer surf fly fishing classes. Please call them for updated class schedules
The Fly Zone – personalized instruction by Jim Solomon, FFI master casting instructor, and Al Quattrocchi, IGFA record holder and licensed guide. Whether taking an exotic salt/freshwater trip or fishing local surf, Jim and Al will give you the tools you need to succeed.
Gary Bulla – one of the masterminds behind the original SoCal Surf Rendezvous, is available for group or individual instruction on SoCal surf fly fishing. Contact him thru his website: garybulla.com.
Glenn Ueda – offers personalized coaching on your surf fly fishing techniques. Glenn holds several world records for corbina on the fly, so he knows whereof he speaks! (951) 203-1405, firstname.lastname@example.org
Several of the fly shops in the Southern California area offer guided surf trips through the store. Following are some independent guides that offer surf fly-fishing trips.
Lee Baerman: (805) 486-8226, email@example.com
Jeff Priest: (310) 489-6131, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Rangel: (805) 524-2064, email@example.com
Solis on the Salt: Contact Solis on the Salt
- Jeff Solis: (858) 531-1436
- Scott Donaghe: (619) 742-5888