Friday, November 21, 2014

Big San Luis Striper

Since San Luis Reservoir... 
...is only one hour away from my house, it has been my "home water" since it was built, in 1970.  
I still recall President Kennedy dedicating the dam and reservoir, as part of the aqueduct system, transporting water to Southern California.  

Along with the water, stored in the reservoir, came small striped bass, and other species, and most thrived in the nutrient rich water.  By the 1990's, many of the striped bass had grown to trophy size, and many people were catching stripers over 20 lbs. regularly.  There were a number of world records caught there as well, and San Luis became know as the "lake of giants".  One of our favorite places to fish was called, "Bay of Pigs", so this gives you an idea of the potential San Luis has, to grow big stripers.  


I caught my first true trophy in 1997, and that fish taped out at 45" and was just short of 40 lbs. and the 6kg world record.

 

During the 1990"s I was fortunate to catch many stripers,
 over 20 lbs...



...and a few over 30 lbs



In the late 1990's, and later, illegal netting, and poaching reduced the numbers of big stripers dramatically, and it was sad to see such a wonderful fishery depleted of these giant stripers.  

We have seen a bit of a resurgence in the striper population, and we are hopeful that once again, the trophy stripers will be a part of the fishing landscape, at San Luis.
***
2014
Due to the long drought, in California, San Luis has been dewatered to dangerous levels.  However, the population of stripers is strong & healthy.  

This past week, November 14th, I was fortunate to catch yet another "fish of a lifetime" at San Luis.  It taped out at 44", and was estimated to be about 38 lbs......once again, a couple of pounds short of the 6kg world record for inland, freshwater stripers.  




Since I fly fish San Luis from a float tube, you can imagine being towed around, while trying to get a fish like this under control.  However, after pulling almost 150 yards of backing from my reel, and a 20 minute battle, I was able to slide the trophy striper up on the rocks.  
My 30# scale was very inadequate to weigh the fish!

After few quick pictures, I was able to revive this fish....and it was a great feeling to feel the surge as she bolted from my hands to continue swimming the waters of San Luis Reservoir!! 


The fly I was using is of my own design, and imitates the small 3" smelt that are the primary baitfish at San Luis.  



San Luis Smelt

I am hopeful that big trophy stripers will, once again, be a part of my "fly fishing story"!


12 Comments:

Blogger David McKenzie said...

Nice work Lee. Beautiful fish

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very inspiring words for a very inspiring place.
Thank You

10:13 PM  
Blogger Junda Xu said...

20150710 junda
oakley outlet
louboutin
prada shoes
mont blanc
air max uk
tory burch outlet online
ed hardy clothing uk
cheap snapbacks hats
ray bans
michael kors handbags
ed hardy outlet
cheap jordan shoes
cheap oakleys
kate spade outlet
ralph lauren polo shirts
louis vuitton sacs
michael kors handbags
true religion jeans
nike blazer high
michael kors outlet
oakley sunglasses
michael kors watches
cheap ray bans
louis vuitton sito ufficiale
cheap jordans free shipping
ray ban sunglasses
toms shoes for women
ray ban sunglasses
pandora charms
true religion
beats by dre
coach outlet
chanel handbags
ed hardy uk
longchamp pliage pas cher
michael kors uk
louboutin
louis vuitton borse
kate spade bags
beats headphones

10:37 PM  
Blogger iAdvocatus Diaboli said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

7:26 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 08.15
chanel handbags, coach outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, coach factory outlet, tiffany jewelry, christian louboutin outlet, nike air max, tiffany and co, oakley sunglasses, gucci outlet, tory burch outlet, louboutin shoes, true religion jeans, michael kors outlet, longchamp outlet, kate spade outlet, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, burberry outlet online, michael kors outlet, ray ban sunglasses, coach purses, nike free, coach outlet, ray ban sunglasses, true religion jeans, louboutin, true religion jeans, kate spade handbags, burberry, nike outlet, louboutin outlet, jordan shoes, prada outlet, longchamp, prada handbags, michael kors, longchamp outlet, nike air max, replica watches, oakley sunglasses

8:04 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ralph lauren pas cher, sac guess, north face, ray ban pas cher, lacoste pas cher, nike air max, north face, timberland, hollister pas cher, true religion outlet, lululemon, ray ban uk, oakley pas cher, air jordan pas cher, nike roshe run, ralph lauren uk, hogan, mulberry, michael kors, nike roshe, vans pas cher, nike free, new balance pas cher, sac longchamp, air force, longchamp pas cher, nike air max, tn pas cher, hermes, vanessa bruno, hollister, michael kors, louboutin pas cher, longchamp, nike air max, air max, abercrombie and fitch, nike free run uk, nike huarache, converse pas cher, nike blazer, nike trainers, michael kors, burberry

8:05 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

p90x workout, hollister, birkin bag, oakley, nike air max, wedding dresses, bottega veneta, giuseppe zanotti, vans shoes, baseball bats, soccer shoes, iphone 6 cases, mont blanc, nike roshe, chi flat iron, ferragamo shoes, new balance, babyliss, north face outlet, louboutin, timberland boots, abercrombie and fitch, vans, lululemon, instyler, north face outlet, jimmy choo shoes, herve leger, mcm handbags, insanity workout, hollister, reebok shoes, ghd, asics running shoes, converse, celine handbags, hollister, nike air max, beats by dre, mac cosmetics, soccer jerseys, valentino shoes, nfl jerseys, ralph lauren

8:06 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

sac louis vuitton pas cher, louis vuitton, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, wedding dresses, louis vuitton, juicy couture outlet, ugg pas cher, gucci, converse outlet, thomas sabo, uggs on sale, louis vuitton outlet, ugg boots, pandora jewelry, ugg boots, ray ban, bottes ugg, swarovski crystal, ugg boots, lancel, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, louis vuitton, toms shoes, ugg boots uk, swarovski, louis vuitton outlet, coach outlet, louis vuitton, replica watches, supra shoes, hollister, marc jacobs, louis vuitton, louis vuitton, pandora charms, pandora charms, juicy couture outlet, ugg boots, karen millen, louis vuitton, links of london, montre pas cher
ninest123 08.15

8:08 PM  
Blogger 林磊 said...

2015-10-41leilei
jordan 3 retro
ralph lauren outlet
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
pandora charms
michael kors outlet
kate spade handbags
fitflop shoes
ugg boots
cheap jordan shoes
retro jordans 13
coach outlet online
coach factory outlet online
michael kors outlet
prada handbags
michael kors handbags
toms shoes
louis vuitton outlet onlne
jordan retro 4
nike store
ugg boots australia
michael kors handbags
coach factory outlet
north face uk
louis vuitton
fitflop sale
cheap ugg boots
cheap ugg boots
ray bans
michael kors outlet
jordan retro 8
coach outlet online
gucci outlet online
coach outlet canada
gucci borse
nike sb janoski
barbour uk outlet
hermes belt
nike cortez shoes
toms outlet store

12:34 AM  
Blogger 林磊 said...

2015-10-41leilei
gucci outlet online
coach outlet online
coach outlet online
ugg boots outlet
canada gooses outlet
louboutin shoes
moncler jackets
true religion outlet
michael kors outlet
nike roshe run
true religion jeans
mcm handbags
micahel kors
michael kors bags
abercrombie & fitch
adidas superstar
michael kors handbags
mont blanc pens
gucci handbags
michael kors outlet online
nike blazers uk
nike blazer
michael kors handbags
coach factory outlet online
coach factory outlet online
air max
louboutin pas cher
coach factory online
louis vuitton outlet
coach outlet online
michael kors outlet online
adidas trainers
longchamp soldes
cheap soccer jerseys
mizuno running shoes
louis vuitton pas cher
michael kors
true religion sale
michael kors handbags
ralph lauren

1:01 AM  
Blogger Fangyaya said...

louis vuitton outlet
louis vuitton outlet
oakley sunglasses
oakley sunglasses wholesale
coach factory outlet
adidas yeezy
ray ban sunglasses
hollister clothing
christian louboutin outlet
toms outlet
christian louboutin
mont blanc pens
hollister clothing store
jordan 8s
lebron james shoes 13
michael kors handbags
oakley vault
nike outlet store
tory burch handbags
coach factory outlet
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton handbags
timberland outlet
michael kors
adidas yeezy
nike factory outlet
toms shoes
replica watches
coach factory outlet
coach factory outlet
michael kors handbags
ray ban sunglasses
louis vuitton
rolex watches
longchamp handbags
celine bags
jordans
gucci handbags
louis vuitton outlet
coach outlet store online
20167.18chenjinyan

11:59 PM  
Blogger Liu Liu said...

Josh Gordon's Nike Free Run Cleveland Browns comeback has hit another roadblock. The wide receiver announced Thursday that he is entering an in-patient rehabilitation facility in an effort to "gain full control of my life." nfl jerseys store Gordon is eligible to play in the Browns' Week 5 contest against the New England Patriots as part Nike Air Max 2015 Shoes of the wholesale nfl jerseys terms of his NFL reinstatement for a substance abuse violation. Nike Air Max 90 Gordon's decision to enter rehab, however, puts his comeback on hold indefinitely. "After careful thought and deep consideration I've decided that I need to step away from cheap nfl jerseys pursuing my return to the Browns and my football career to enter an in-patient rehabilitation facility," Gordon wrote. "This is the right decision for me and one that I hope will enable me to gain full control of my life and continue on a path to reach my full potential as a person. Nike Roshe Run I appreciate the support of the NFL, NFLPA, the Browns, NFL Jerseys my teammates, my agent and the community through this extremely challenging process."

6:54 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home