trough of dreams…

photos courtesy of Glenn Ueda.

photos courtesy of Glenn Ueda.

This year’s poster child and corbina savant Glenn Ueda with corbina number 24(left) and 25(right). Glenn is having what we call a dream season, sort of like when Ted Williams batted .403!
It ain’t over! I think he still has a little fire left in his stick and a few more to be caught before this season starts to slow down…couldn’t happen to a nicer guy! Way to go dude!


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8 thoughts on “trough of dreams…

  1. Ken

    This guy is driving me nuts. Maybe a short blurp on how he’s doing this would help calm my nerves?!

    • ondafly

      Ken: he is doing it by being able to see fish, make good casts, feed the fish his bug and sticking them. He has a lot of sight fishing experience under his belt through targeting bonefish and other exotic species. The moral of this story is when you are good it shows. I always tell anglers to practice their casting so they can be able to drop their bug on a fishes nose in all conditions, not just the backyard. Glenn has paid his dues, seeing the fruit of his labor is evidence to his angling ability. There is no magic recipe for success. It takes hard love and getting out there and learning by doing. keep at it pal!

  2. Joe

    Nice work Glenn! Shows what you get when you put your time in.

  3. Ryan

    Glenn is the man, we need a GoPro on him next time he goes out 🙂

    I just tried my first Corbina sight fish today in San Diego (Cardiff By-the-Sea) on the evening low-to-high tide. Humbling, but so fun. I sketched the scene here: Very low tech.

    Had to have been 50+ Corbina around on the sand bar between the estuary river mouth and a hole/trough, swimming through my legs… they all showed up around 7pm.

    The short of it was that they were always cruising, I wasn’t sure how to get it “in front of their nose”. Instead I tried to work the edge of the hole/trough on the north side of the sand bar where they were cruising, catching the current that brought it out of the hole and another that brought it into the hole. I also tried working the flat (kind of at a 90* angle to the incoming tide, right where the 2 currents came together) where I could see their bodies half out of water at times – so dang cool. I also waded out and casted towards the beach – I wasn’t sure what was better, they always seemed to be facing away from the beach so I gave that a try. Obviously, I had no strategy and was trying anything. There were baitfish balling a bit so I tried a Clouser but had no confidence in it so quickly switched back to the Merkin (gray).

    Al, not sure if you are able to see the 5th grade sketch I posted… humbly, how would you have approached this scene (and thank you in advance)?


  4. ondafly

    ok Ryan!
    first off, love your sketch and thanks for sending it! here are a couple of basic rules to help you get connected. continue to use your merkin, try grey, try pink, down size your bug and make sure you have heavy eyes to get that bug down into the sand, especially if you are fishing along side a trough with current. the fly needs to track correctly. I experienced this earlier this year, i was using a bug with bead chain eyes and had a fish swim under the bug in the current. I switched to a heavier fly, got it to track through the sand and bingo! some of the guys start with a larger fly and bring scissors and trim them accordingly until they can get the perfect sink rate and have the fly look naturally.
    try keeping you leader to 9 foot but drop your tippet to 8#. the fish will always feed into the current, therefore position your casts so they swing into the fish before stripping or quarter 45 degrees to either side, let the corbina discover the fly, never have a fly move towards them, they fly should always be moving away or positioned right under their nose. this is not and easy task, given current and waves. stay at it, the fact that you are clearly seeing fish is a great thing. now really try to line up your presentation so your fly ends up directly in front of a fish or on the shelf as one approaches, then move the fly like it is fleeing the scene. good luck and I want to post the pic of your first sight cast fish, i know you can do it…:)


    • Ryan

      Al, thank you so much for the time and wisdom – thats a game changer when you described getting the fly in the zone and then waiting for the right time to strip.

      I am using RIO Striper sink tip 26ft. Its 200gr on my #5 weight rig. (I got 2 spotfin last week, the #5 is FUN). My leader my be too long, I am at about 11 ft with 6lb. test (I try and go as light as possible, but thats from my freshwater experience). I may get the other RIO line you recommended on another spool to swap easily on the water if the corbina come in.

      I’ll post when I catch my first bean, thank you again!


  5. ondafly

    the 200 grain line should be fine, remember to try to keep your leader the same length when you sight cast for corbina so you can always judge where your fly is and stay consistent in your presentations…

  6. Yeah I agree. It is easier to document fishing trips with a go pro. I recommend the newest one, the go pro 3. My husband and I have been using it for the last couple of weeks on fishing trips and it is a breeze to use.

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