I got a chance to get out on the water with John Sherman on Tuesday morning and, despite the cold and fog, the fishing was good with 26 fish landed. We caught schoolie striped bass, largemouth bass and a lost chinook salmon that I managed to foul hook on the pectoral fin. Biggest striper was 7lbs but all were in primo shape and it's only a matter of time before the bigger fish start moving in.
The fly I was using is the SumGummi Shad. I hate to say it's a new pattern because invariably someone has already come up with something similar. Anyhow, I came up with this to match the shad in our local lakes (Castaic, Pyramid etc) were it has worked well. I developed the style because I had a hell of a time tying Gummi Minnows and this was a quick and dirty pattern that was easy to tie and seems to be pretty durable. And best of all, the fishies like it. The one in the picture (sorry for the poor quality) landed 11 fish before I replaced it.