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Message started by Dunes on Mar 26th, 2009, 7:53pm

Title: Halibut
Post by Dunes on Mar 26th, 2009, 7:53pm

Hey Folks,

I caught a 24 inch halibut on a rusty squirrel (clouser) last Saturday at Pismo. No camera and I let it go. I got to get a small cheap digital. My SLR is to big and I don't want to get sand or salt on it. Not sure if it was a Pacific or a California. The mouth seemed to extend past the eyes and the tail instead of having the full crescent had a middle point. My guess it was a California. Any hints how to tell them apart. I caught it on my 8 wt using a dropper: orange ruffie and the rusty squirrel. At first, it felt as if I had hooked into kelp. As I got it within 15 feet it took off. It gave me three runs before I could bring it to shallow water. Wow is that mouth full of sharp teeth. Really tore up my fly, which I proudly tied.

Anyways, it was a cool experience. I am heading to Colorado on Monday to fish the South Platte near Deckers. Any other suggestions while in Denver?



Title: Re: Halibut
Post by Forum Admin on Mar 27th, 2009, 1:22pm

Nice catch in the surf!

To me the Pacific has a more "diamond" outline, the California a more "football" or "eye outline". The tail of the Pacific is indented towards the middle and the California is indented next to each edge.

These picture links will point out the differences a lot better than my words:

Pacific Halibut (

California Halibut (

Colorado is a good place for fly fishers; where else would you find a casting pond in a Bass Pro fly shop that has trout in it! Your headed to a good area the only other thing I would suggest in Denver is: the downtown restaurants and bars and Fat Tire beer. Have fun!  :)

Title: Re: Halibut
Post by Dunes on Mar 27th, 2009, 11:22pm


Thanks for the links, I think it was a California Halibut based upon your descriptions and my own research.

As for Denver, I am definitely sure there will be some good downtown steaks and fat tire ale, lots of it!

I will be breaking in my new sage fli 4wt combo kit which just arrived. The wife got it for me for my B-day! I ordered it from red truck fly fishing. Could't beat the price or there service. They even threw in 12 nicely tied flies from Leland (parent store) for running late for a couple days. Great shop in SF. The flies were some San Juan worms, royal wulff, adams, BH pheasant tails, and some other flies that are too tiny for me to see. Look like midges (22) with flashback.



Title: Re: Halibut
Post by Forum Admin on Mar 28th, 2009, 12:22pm

For fishing the waters you will be at in Colorado those 22 midges are big flies. You should stock up on some down to size 28!

Eric at the Artful Angler has a pretty good selection of small midges that would be good for Colorado. He keeps them behind the counter so just ask him.

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