A Day on the Delta

A few weeks back Matt and I hit the road to fish a new to us fishery. The Sacramento Delta is a body of water that I’ve read about and seen many posts regarding it’s great bass, striper and salmon fishing, but it was a destination that I hadn’t had the pleasure of fishing yet.

A buddy of mine and guide Chuck Ragan of CR Fly Fishing and I had been texting back and forth about getting back out on his boat the Ragin’ Cajun for some spotted bass or striper action.

A few months ago I went out with Chuck and our friend Jordan from Basin Fly  Company on the boat to try out Chuck’s new motor and he got us into a stack of striped bass on the fly. Ever since then it has honestly consumed my mind.

So when Chuck sent over some available dates to fly fish the Sacramento Delta for stripers and a few of the dates worked with everyone schedules we locked it down and looked forward to the day on the water.

The night before the trip we all shared a cabin down at B&W Resort. This wouldn’t be something I’d normally mention but this place was killer. Right next to the boat launch and very nice and well kept cabins. I don’t think I’d bother looking anywhere else to stay next time I make it down.

So once at the cabin we proceeded to do what most do on fishing trips. Flies were tied, beers were consumed and stories were told. After repeating those 3 things several times over we hit the bunks for a few hours of sleep before our day of fishing kicked off.

First light came quick and it’s was only a few minutes and we were on the water ready to see if we could find a few fish to trip into eating.

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We had heard reports of somewhat slow fishing, but we weren’t worried. A day of the water with good friends without fish is way better than anything else we would have done that day. But it didn’t take long for Matt to yell out the ever exciting and adrenaline producing “Fish On!”.

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And it wasn’t much longer after his striper was released then I had the pleasure of yelling out the same war cry.

The day continued with beautiful weather, great company, more than enough fish takes to go around.

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The opportunity to feel how hard these fish fight on a fly rod is one I’ll jump at taking every time is offered up and I’d highly recommend you to try and do that same.

If you are looking for a guide to take you out on a kick ass bass boat with top quality Echo Fly Fishing gear and the knowledge and experience to put you on fish, look no further that my buddy Chuck Ragan of CR Fly Fishing.

I promise a day on the water with Chuck whether it be chasing spotted bass looking for that top water explosion, drifting the Yuba for big trout or getting into a Striped Bass on the Delta that will make you rethink how far an 8wt can bend you will not be disappointed.

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Until next time friends, Keep those lines tight and knots strong.

-Dave Duffy