Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
Where do you fly fish around here?

Answer:
We have some great saltwater (surf) fly fishing, as well as freshwater bass, and a few small trout streams.


Question:
What do we catch in the surf?

Answer:
We catch Barred Surf Perch, Corbina, Halibut, Yellowfin Croaker, Leopard Shark, Shovelnose Shark, and many more species are possible.


Question:
Can I use my freshwater trout set up in the surf?

Answer:
Chances are, your freshwater set up may be too light, or may not be able to handle the saltwater environment. We use high density fast sinking lines that require a stout rod, and reels with a sealed drag system. Fast action 6,7 or 8 wt. rods with a fighting butt are what we recommend.


Question:
Will I have to "Break the Bank" to get outfitted for the surf?

Answer:
Absolutely not!, there are many decent options for the surf. You can get a decent set up (rod, reel, line & backing) between $150 to $300.


Question:
Do you offer classes, or "How to" seminars?

Answer:
Yes, we offer Casting Lessons, fly tying instruction, and Guide Service. If you are new to fly fishing, or want to brush up on your skills, we can get you in the the right direction. We offer guide service in our local surf, and bass fishing in our local lakes.


Question:
Can your shop outfit me for any fly fishing experience or destination?

Answer:
Yes. The Artful Angler can provide the expertise for any world wide fishing destination. We sell the very best high quality rods, reels, lines & flies. We also work with many adventure travel companies who book destination travel.


Question:
What type of flies do you use to fly fish in the surf?

Answer:
Flies for the surf are fairly simple. Clouser type flies in a red, orange & root beer work well as well as a few sand crab patterns. Fly patterns are tied size 4-8.


Question:
What about freshwater flyfishing in this area?

Answer:
We do have some freshwater fishing available. We have some of the best Largemouth Bass fishing in the. Lake Casitas, and Castaic Lake, have produced some of worlds largest bass. Stripped Bass and Smallmouth Bass can also be found in local lakes. There are also small "wild trout" streams in our local back country, and some classic blue ribbon trout streams within a 3-5 hr. drive of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties.