One of the closest fisheries to San Jose is the world class Striped Bass at San Luis Reservoir and its accompanying O'Neill Forebay. Lee Haskin will be presenting a program on strategies, tactics, and flies for Stripers at our September 14 meeting. Doors open at 6:30pm -
Lee Haskin began his fishing career in the late fifties, at about 10 years old. He learned to tie flies from his father, and an old Herter’s fly tying manual, and soon was flyfishing.
In the early 1970's Lee began to fish San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay, with a primary interest in catching stripers with top water bugs. Lee concentrated his efforts on the San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay, targeting the flats and islands along Highway 152 on the O'Neill Forebay, and also, depending on the season, along the dam and many accessible coves, fishing from a float tube. Lee has fished these areas successfully since the 70's.
Although Lee enjoys catching stripers throughout the year on his own flies, specifically Lee’s San Luis Smelt, he is particularly fond of throwing his favorite gurgler patterns along the weed beds of the O’Neill Forebay.
Lee found that his Gurgler Series could fill a niche with top-water loving fly fisherman around the world, and enjoys introducing people to this versatile pattern. A number of Lee’s fly patterns incorporate foam in the design, including the Neutralizer Series, which has become very popular for tarpon, redfish and snook. His commercial fly tying business keeps him busy filling fly orders for folks all over the world. Fortunately, he still has time for travel, from Alaska to Honduras. Lee particularly enjoys fishing saltwater locations and developing patterns for each fishery he visits.
The September meeting will be the deadline for signing up for the September 17 BBQ - as well as an opportunitiy to sign up for upcoming casting classes and fishouts --- and the upcoming Fall Fly Tying Classes.