Peninsula Fly Fishers

Bear Gulch Fishing

July 01, 2011 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Barbara Steven's and I joined the Veteran's for a fishout at Bear Gulch reservoir. Located in the hills above Menlo Park, Bear Gulch is a private facility owned and operated by the California Water Service.  Access to the reservoir is extremely limited with only two fishing days a year.  One day for the vets and the other for the Ronald McDonald house.

It was already warm when I drove through the gate at 9:30 in the morning.  I met a couple of the Mission Peak fly fishers in the parking lot and we hiked up the hill to the water.  As soon as we arrived I could see large bass cruising in the water below.  I quickly began gearing up only to realize I left my leader wallet in the car so back down the steep hill.   After the brief grind back up the hill I was ready to go, however, the vets were still getting organized at the base of hill

So... what to do while I wait for the vets.  No one would mind if I just do a little warm u and try to find just the right fly for these fish.   On my second cast I was into a nice bass.  Then the vets arrived and I was paired with a young vet named Buddy.  Buddy was blind and had lost use of his right arm.  Fortunately Buddy had the support of his parents and the four of us teamed up to catch 3 good bass (with 2 deep water releases thrown in for good measure)

Barbara was working with a young women who did quite well herself, catching a number of bass with the smallest being a very aggressive 3 incher.

At noon we broke for lunch and were treated to a great BBQ put on by the water district employees.  After the feast some of us headed back to the water while others rested in the shade of the Oak trees.  

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