Outside the self-proclaimed “Danish Capital of America” runs an equally quaint, Old World-type fishery that is as unique as the nearby city of Solvang. Santa Ynez River is a very distinct stretch of water and once you get a handle on its regulations, it can be a good getaway for Central California anglers. While the river and its tributaries downstream from Bradbury Dam are closed all year, the river and tributaries upstream from the Gibralter Dam are open to year-round fishing with a bag limit of two trout. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.
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