Saltwater Fly Fishing off the coast of SoCal and Nick Curcione in 1977
Charlie Davis authored a book titled "Hook Up: A complete
guide to southern california ocean sportfishing" in 1977.
It deals primarily with conventional fishing but the book makes
it clear that Davis fly fished for species like bonito and even albacore.
There is one
short chapter titled "Flyrodding" with 1 page of text and
3 pictures - 2 of streamer fly patterns, and 1 of a couple
fly fishing from a boat at Redondo Beach - might be Nick C.
In the text, it refers to the "growing sport of fishing the ocean
with a flyrod" and says that most fly fishers use a fast sinking
head with 25-30 lb of mono behind it. It also mentions that
"The Arizona Flycasters of Phoenix have fished the upper waters
of the Gulf of California for years with fly rods", mainly
in the surf and estuaries. It says they regularly catch corbina,
white sea bass and cabrilla. He must mean corvina since
corbina do not occur in the upper gulf to my knowledge.
There is also a chapter titled "Surf Fishing".
The chapter is mainly about conventional fishing and says that corbina are best
caught on softshell sand crabs in the white water after a wave breaks.
However, it also says: "Nick Corcione [sic] of Hermosa Beach has discovered that corbina,
along with surf perch, will take an orange fly. He fishes from the breaker line
to the foam at his feet, and believes most surf fishermen fish too far out. Some
light tackle enthusiasts fish very light line with mussels and no sinker."
There is one 1 full page b/w
photo on page 75 of Nick standing on the water's edge holding a corbina with a fly in
its mouth. He is also holding a fly rod, with the same wader, shirt, cap outfit, and sunglasses.
This might be the first published photo showing a corbina caught on the fly.
Another b/w photo attributed to Nick C. shows a bsp and corbina on the sand, with caption that they were caught on the fly.
Among the color pages between text pages 70 and 71,
there are also 2 full page color photos by Nick C. One shows Nick C. fly fishing shin deep in the surf with waders,
flannel shirt, knit cap, and blue dishpan stripping basket. This might be the
first published photo showing someone fly fishing in the California surf.
shows a fly rod with a fighting butt with Pflueger Medalist reel and 5 barred surf perch on
the sand, with a simple canvas fish bag.
Davis mentions that the new graphite rods work very well for ocean fly rodding.
Unrelated to corbina but interesting, Davis writes:
"The story of how the halibut got its name is interesting. In England,
in the early days, all flat fish were called "butts" and the best of
the butts were saved for the priests, or holy-men; thus the name."
[But this sounds like a more plausible explanation of the word from
the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed., 2000
online at http://www.bartleby.com/61/62/H0026200.html
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English : hali, holi, holy (from its being eaten on holy days); see holy + butte, flatfish (from Middle Dutch; see bhau- in Appendix I).]