Tue, Nov 09 | Isleton

Fishout: Sacramento Delta Stripers (1)

If you’ve never caught a striper on a fly rod you NEED to do this trip!
Fishout: Sacramento Delta Stripers (1)

Time & Location

Nov 09, 9:10 AM – Nov 11, 3:10 PM
Isleton, 964 Brannan Island Rd, Isleton, CA 95641, USA

About The Event

Note:  All participants must be GCFF members and sign the new 2021 liability waiver, and show proof of completed Covid -19 vaccinations completed 2 or more weeks in advance of this event. If proof not shown before the event, it must be shown at gathering location. Find the new waiver here: WAIVER

Dates: November 9 - 11, 2021 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).  We’ll start fishing the morning of the 9th as early as you want to start.  We will rendezvous at cabin 21 at B&W Marina (address below) for cocktails and fish stories at 6:00 PM and head to dinner at 6:15 PM on the 9th.  We’ll do the same on the 10th. And we’ll fish the morning of the 11th.  For anyone who needs to meet me there to show you around I plan to be at the B&W launch ramp at 9:00 AM on the 9th.  The tide starts coming in at 9:52 AM so we’ll want to be in the water by then.  Just let me know if you want to meet me there.

We’ll be fishing the intersection of the San Joaquin and Sacramento River just to the north of Frank’s Tract. We’ll stay on the San Joaquin River about a mile from the Sacramento and about 5 miles from Frank’s Tract. To fish the Delta we’ll need boats. So this trip will self limit according to how many boats we have heading down there. Boaters, pick your partner and riders contact your boater.

For accommodations, we will be staying at B&W Marina located at 964 Brannan Island Road, Isleton, CA. We have three, three person cabins set aside. The rate is $150 per night, which works out to  $50 per night per angler if you get three persons to a cabin. To make reservations please contact B&W Marina at 916.777.6161.  Ask for an upper level cabin up front toward the marina. I already have cabin #15 reserved.  They will take your deposit and you will pay them directly.  Since we generally fish two to a boat and the cabins hold three you will need to find someone from another boat to fill out your cabin or you can just do two to a cabin. I’ll be starting an email chain to all attendees to let everyone know who has room in their cabin for another angler. Look for it once we get an attendees list. The cabins have linens and towels but NO silverware, pots & pans, coffee maker or glasses so bring your own.  

It’s entirely up to your own choice but we usually do breakfast and fix lunch in the cabin and eat out for dinner.  There are some fun and funky restaurants near by.  Boat owners can haul out each night or can rent a slip. So reserve a slip when you call if you want one.  The slips are $10/ night and launching is a one-time charge of $10. Here’s their web site https://www.bandwresort.net/

Leaders:

• Leader, email address, phone: Dave Ackerman, ackydaddy@gmail.com , 714.337.3972

• Co-Leader TBD -> Dave is looking for a co-Leader for this event, so give him a shout-out if you want to enlist.

Fish-out Coordinator: Tom Grant, 530-263-2492, tomkatgrant2@gmail.com

Fish For (species): Stripers, and Largemouth. 

Fishing Strategy: There is only one way I know of to catch Stripers on fly rods in the Delta: Bring a heavy rod – 8 or 9 weight is best but you could get away with a 6 or 7 weight; however, you may lose a big striper. And throw clousers in chartreuse/white on fast sink lines. Cast to the rock walls or tule edges and gaps, give it a quick strip so you don’t snag on the bottom. Then let it sink for a little bit and strip in long fast aggressive strokes. The longer you can cast, the more fish you will catch.

PRE TRIP SEMINAR:

We’ll hold a get together prior to the trip. Dave Ackerman will announce the time and place later.

• Rods: 8 & 9 weight. Lighter will do but be prepared to struggle if you set on a large striper.

• Lines: Fast sink

• Leaders: 5’ of 15 to 20 # flurocarbon.

• Tippet: 15 to 20# flourocarbon

• Flies: Clousers in chartreuse/white. 3” will catch more and smaller fish. 5” to 6” will catch bigger fish.

• Other: You may want to bring bass patterns for large mouth bass. Woolly buggers, leech patterns, bait fish patterns

·  BRING A GPS UNIT! It’s easy to get lost

·  You should have a marine band radio.  Cell phones work in most places, but not all. Hand held units are affordable.  I’ll have mine set to monitor channel 16 as required by law if there is one on board.  We can hail each other on channel 16 and then switch to a different channel to talk.

·  And buy a delta map. Look for a waterproof version.

What participants need to know: 

This is the Delta. Wind can be an issue. So can rain.  This year we’ll go come rain or shine. Also the flats on the San Joaquin River and center of Frank’s Tract can be VERY weedy and has disabled engines on past trips, so be careful if you’re going to enter these areas.  If you get stuck we can usually rescue you so we’ll all swap cell phones. BUT there are some areas where cell phones don’t work. If you have a marine band radio bring it and set it to monitor channel 16.Also there are submerged hazards so boat with care. After a day on the water you’ll see where the regulars travel at speed and you can use those routes. GPS units will get you back to the resort.

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