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freshwater locations / guide services SB?
Sep 19th, 2005, 7:18am
 
coming to SB for 10 days at Christmas.  Would like to bring fly rod and do some freshwater fishing.  are there good spots and or a guide service that someone can recommend?  Thanks, Rick
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Re: freshwater locations / guide services SB?
Reply #1 - Sep 19th, 2005, 9:17am
 
Rick,  
 
Most of the freshwater fishing is a drive away from SB. Cachuma Lake and The Santa Ynez river are about your only options near SB.  
 
My suggestion would be to hit the beach. December is a great time, and there are lots of willing perch to be had.  An 6-8wt and fast sinking shooting heads are all you need (sink lines and sink tips are OK).  
 
If this interests you, check out www.garybulla.com for local reports and a great board to pick up ideas from...  
 
Good luck.  
 
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Reply #2 - Sep 19th, 2005, 9:32am
 
cool.  thanks.  are cachuma lake and/or the river any fun?
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Reply #3 - Sep 19th, 2005, 2:25pm
 
Hi Rick,
 
At that time of the year the Santa Ynez River may be stocked with trout. The stocking is dependant on water temperature and flow rate. Check this link at the time and it will tell you if there is any planting:
 
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fishplant/index.html
 
The Santa Ynez also offers some smallmouth and panfish year round.
 
Cachuma Lake would only be boat fishing; no wading or float tubes allowed.
 
The surf, as Barret mentioned, is also a possibility. Just plan on thoroughly rinsing and cleaning your equipment after fishing to get the corrosive salt off. You probably should get yourself some type of stripping basket. The water can be cold at that time of the year so you'll want to have waders.
 
For a surf fishing guide try Gary Bulla:
 
http://www.garybulla.com/
 
If you have the time and are willing to drive a bit, you can try the Kern River in the southern sierra. The Kern River will provide some good trout fishing as well as smallmouth in the lower Kern but is several hours drive. For guide service as well as an information source:
 
http://www.kernriverflyfishing.com
 
Check out their forum for up to date information.
 
An even farther drive but good fishing is the Owens. Check out this site for inf0:
 
http://www.sierradrifters.com/
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