Hike a few more miles back into the hills though and you will discover lots of fishable waters populated with a mixed population of rainbow trout and brown trout but without the dangers of broken glass and used hypodermic needles – uncouth hordes tend to flock to “nature”, just not too far into nature, especially if it means no asphalt.

Up in those higher stretches of water, collateral damage comes directly from nature itself. Those same seasonal downpours so dreaded in the lower elevations, tear up banks, push down trees and roll boulders along that portion of the river too, it’s just that nobody loses a back yard or has their warehouse inventory washed away.

Up there, the cycle of apparent destruction brings with it certain collateral benefits. The surging waters push all of the debris and detritus downstream thus cleansing the river. They also push fish that have been sequestered far back in the quiet pools of the upper tributaries downstream to replenish the more accessible reaches and thus (hopefully) to the flies attached to the end of our lines.

So next year, while the world has its attention turned toward the flowers and footballs of Pasadena, you now know that their will be some urban anglers up in those picture perfect San Gabriel mountains pulling out ‘bows and browns to get the year started off right.

I love this addiction called urban fly fishin’.

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4 comments on this post.
  1. northernfly:

    Great post. A good reminder of the impact we have on nature as well as the fact that if we push a bit further we can glimpses of the nature doing its own work.

    I would love to see your part of the world some day.

  2. J. Larry Carroll:

    Spent yesterday on the West Fork which is now deep into its winter beauty. Also managed to catch the first trout of the year. For what it’s worth, much of the graffiti on those rocks is gone (or at least painted over,) thanks to the diligent efforts of the volunteers who participate in the Canyon Sweep every year.

  3. Gary Sundin:

    I loved this post. That concrete channel is such an icon of an urban river. I never though much about what is upstream.

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    nice post. thanks.

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