By , December 7, 2009 8:57 pm

North Fork BeautyI went up to the San Gabriel River to get in a little Rainbow Action this past Saturday, because the Urban bite has slowed down and all of gangsters and people wanting to swim the river have realized that it is now to cold to go up there.

I started off the day on the West Fork but the road was closed at the Second Bridge and there were fly fishermen on all my usual spots, so I decided to hike and fish the North Fork. Most of the fish caught on this fork are small in the 2-4 inch range, which is good to see because it means that the Rainbow Trout are still producing naturally ( since the river will not be stocked with fish for a while). 

However this heavy rain that we started getting today is making me a little worried, since all the recent fires in that area mean landslides and poor water quality. But, I decided to spend a few extra casts on each hole, and I was rewarded with 3 or 4 fish all in the 7-12 inch range (and if you don’t know that  is a good size for that section of the river).

The strangest thing about my catch of the day was that with every cast the fish just got bigger and bigger. Yet after all this fishing, I am left still wanting to hike up into the West Fork at least a few miles, there is just something about those fish. In my opinion they are the most beautiful Rainbows that can be caught in the San Gabriel Mountains!

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  1. My advice on the West Fork is to give it a couple of months. Water levels are extremely low. And the trout are extremely wary. With any luck, it will start fishing better February – March. April through June are typically the best months. Walk or bike in two or three miles if you can.

  2. Davey says:

    Wow. that last one is nice for north fork!

  3. Sean Fenner Sean Fenner says:

    Biggest Fish I have caught on the North Fork so far.

  4. Ron Spencer says:

    Thanks for the tip. I had always assumed the North Fork was to small for fish but after reading about your success I decided to give it a try. Last week I finally caught my first fish on the North Fork.

  5. Ryan Norseth says:

    You caught those fish in the San Gabriel River. I have been biking up there for over 10 years and had no idea there were any fish. Here I am thinking I have no other options for fly fishing, then when I can make it up to the Sierras. Thanks for the info, I think you just converted another purist!

  6. Sean Fenner Sean Fenner says:

    Yep. Next time your up there take a little time to fish. It gets pounded by people in the Summer, but as soon as the Fall comes the fishing action is back on.

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