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First Person: Delta Linesides Ramirez_110818

First Person Report: Long-rod Delta linesides

BY ALEX RAMIREZ/Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Nov 08, 2018

DELTA — It was the windiest day of the week with a steady North wind blowing at 20 mph and gusts up to 35. With conditions like this, most anglers would take the day off, and they did. Kurt Johnson and I did not see another boat on the water all morning.

LODI ANGLER KURT JOHNSON connected with this Delta striper on fly gear. He’s a firefighter for the City of Manteca.

When it is windy on the Delta, it is always a gamble but Kurt and I decided to take our chances and make a run up North. We knew we had a shot at first light when the wind was not at its peak, so we took the 40-minute ride directly into the building headwind. Once we arrived at the area we wanted to fish, we motored around the arms and fingers of the North Delta looking for some reprieve from the wind. We found a perfect cut where water was moving into a narrow straight, and we had an incoming tide all morning, so finding a choked down area where the water was moving considerably fast was key to targeting stripers waiting for an easy ambush meal.

We set the trolling motor down and started casting our RIO heavy-sink lines into the run of this cut. With a 15-second soak of the heavily weighted 2/0 Clouser fly, I started my retrieve: strip, strip, pause, repeat. On the second strip cadence, I felt some resistance and with a quick, hard strip-set I came tight to my first battle of the morning. My Sage X 9-foot, 9-weight made short order of this fish, but not without giving me a taste of how much power a 5-pound striper can dish out. For the next three hours, we drifted this section and found all decent fish in the 4- to 8-pound range.

Alex Ramirez is from Rocklin, Calif. and is a fly-fishing sales rep for Sage, Redington and RIO.

ALEX RAMIREZ STRIPPED Clousers for good numbers of 4- to 8-pound striped bass. He was using a Sage X 9-weight rod and RIO heavy-sink line.

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