It was an incredible day yesterday. No swell. Not a breath of wind. Had “sand sharks in the surf” written all over it. I shot up the West Coast late afternoon and got straight to it.
Id tied one of those funny new flies you seen on the forums and thought id give that a try. It was getting extremely frustrated as I foul hooked a whole bunch. Usually the circle hook avoids that but sometimes the fish turn on it and the hook gets stuck on the wing. Which kept happening. To make matters worse I hooked two fish properly that shot off in the awesome way they do (when hooked in the mouth), only to have them roll onto their backs to rid the hook. Never seen that one before!
Eventually, as the sun dropped on the horizon the fish got more active and really sucked down on the fly. This fish tried three times to get the fly before eventually inhaling. Its first run was awesome and I got to see that long lost backing! Even if only a few wraps.
We have a lot of fish locally that pull and put up a stubborn fight (grunter, blacktail, etc), but very few that run like these bad boys.