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Message started by 9ft4wt on May 12th, 2009, 6:51pm

Title: What I have learned
Post by 9ft4wt on May 12th, 2009, 6:51pm

For the last year or so, I have been poking around forums in Southern California trying to figure out how to target corbina. On most sites I am a lurker, not posting. In fact this is the sight I post most on. I have only posted once on one other sight. Don't know why I thought there would be any clear consensus. This is fly fishing after all and I don't care if you are fishing for bluegill or Atlantic salmon everyone seems to have their own tried and true formula.

So what I have discovered:


use a 5 wt it is the most fun
A six weight is your best choice.
A 7 wt gives you flexibility
An 8 wt lets you get them under control when they make those powerful runs.


A floater lets you mend.

an intermediate is what you need for targeting them in shallow water.

A 200 grain or 250 grain cuts through the surf

a 12 foot integrated sink tip is the best of all worlds


Go short no more than 5 feet

9ft is the best length

They are spooky go with 16 to 18 foot leaders


The only consistent thing has been sandy bottoms.

But you must sight fish in just inches of water

Cast shallow but let your fly was out with the wave to 2 feet or so

Go deeper don't sight fish cast to 5-6 foot water where the fish are holding

The only constants in all of this has been corbina  are worth pursuing

And if you catch one you will never forget it.

Probably will try it all and just hope I even see one or at least get a bump.

The only thing I really know is I can't wait...

Thanks to all those who have answered my unending string of questions. I am sure I will have more.

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