Today my friend Dan and I went to the Bob Marriot’s Fly Fair, and decided after to go practice the techniques that we were trying to learn. I had heard that Huntington Central Park Lake located off of Goldenwest and Talbert in Huntington Beach was a wide open lake and was a good place to practice casting. This lake was great for casting, but not if you want to catch fish. The water level is down super low, and the lake is super shallow right now. The DFG has not been stocking this lake recently with anything, and it looked barren. Seems like it would be a great place to fish if the water level was back up. Oh yeah and there are alot of ducks. So if you are in the Huntington Beach area, I would check out the lake by my house Mile Square Park Lake in Fountain Valley off of Euclid and Warner. Hope This Helps.
If you like fly fishing for bass and pan fish on lakes or ponds this jig assortment is for you. Bass pro shop is selling a White River Fly Shop Pro Lite Jig Assortment for $9.99. Its a great set at a cheap price, and it comes with 48 jigs in natural and bright colors. If you have never used a jig fly fishing is almost just like using a spinning rod, and in the right condition these mini jigs can catch a load of fish. Here is the site to check it out Bass Pro Shop.
Bob Marriott’s Fly Fishing Store is having their Annual Fly Fair this Saturday and Sunday. Here is the link to check it out Bob Marriot’s. It looks like it is going to be really good, so if you can check it out.
If you are planning on buying a fly selection, you have got to take a look at the America’s 20 best trout flies selection from Orvis. The website is Orvis, and the selection is only $9.95 w/ free shipping. It comes with 20 flies a mixtures of; Buggers, Stimulator’s, Drys, and Nymphs. I have never bought a fly selection that gives you more bang for your buck. Not only are they good for all sizes of trout, but I have caught Bass, Catfish, Carp, and all kinds of Sunfish off of the flies in this selection. So go and pick one up before it’s too late!!!
Okay I’m officially a fan of the LA River. I was up in the LA area and had about two hours this morning to revisit the LA River. I used the same 5/6 weight rod and reel, and about a 5-6 foot 6 pound test leader. I started in the pool right below Hyperion Bridge and with the fist 30 minutes I had 4 carp from 2-5 pounds. Once I got tired of the hole I started moving south down the river and passed a couple of bait fisherman using tortillas, and according to them they had each caught about 5 fish a piece. I caught 2 more scattered fish, and saw a couple of fish swimming around that must have been pushing 10 pounds. All 6 carp that I caught were caught on either a glow bug or glow bug egg imitation. Again I urge you if you have not tried fly fishing the LA River try it out. Carp are the Bone fish of fresh water they are strong, hard fighting to the end, and If you get a 10 pound plus fish it could end up spooling you. I’ve never hooked a trout in Southern California that could boast that.
I have heard stories from a couple of fly fishermen about catching Carp in the LA River. Well, I had a chance this Sunday to check it out for myself. My friend Dan and I got out of church on Sunday and hopped on the 5 freeway up to Hyperion Bridge and parked on a small side street to start our LA River experience. Dan had grown up in this area and used to play in the LA River as a kid and was super excited to try and fly fish it for the first time. We greeted two fly Fishermen on the way in and they had both caught about 5 or 6 Carp a piece. I got out my 5-6 weight rod and reel w/ 5 weight floating line and 6 pound leader, and tied on a chartreuse glow bug imitation. I fished one of the holes for about 5 minutes with no luck, then bam the hit of the century and my fly was gone. So I tied another fly (same glow bug) on and went for it again same fish another hit and another lost fly. I didn’t know whether to be excited or upset, but I shook it off and tied on a similar glow bug imitation and no less than a minute later I had my first Carp on the line. I ended up landing the fish it was about 2-3 pounds not a monster but fun, and I caught another that was about 3-4 pounds. So the moral of the story, GO FISH THE LA RIVER. I had a blast and it just proves that you can fish anywhere the fish are. Please remember to be respectful of the resource when out fishing pick up your trash and line, and make Southern California a nicer place to fish.
I started my Whittier Narrows fly fishing experience by exiting the 605 freeway north at peck road. It was sunny and I was ready to catch some fish. Not knowing what I was going to be catching I grabbed my 4-5 weight fly rod and w/floating line and a 3 pound leader. I decided to tie on a size 16 parachute adams w/ a dropper size 18 prince nymph (I used about 6-8 inches for the dropper leader). Before I knew it I pulled out a couple of small Green Sun Fish and a couple of juvenal Blue Gills. After amusing myself with these small fish for about an hour, I started to realize that I was seeing bigger fish out a few more feet, so I tied on a size 12 bead head olive woolly bugger and got the surprise of my life. I must have pulled out about 20 Tilapia in the next hour all on the same fly. After having my fair share of Tilapia and the weather started heating up, I decided to pack up my stuff and headed home. You can fly fish almost anywhere in Southern California, so grab you gear and get to you local lake, stream, river, or whatever and start catching some fish.
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