By , June 30, 2010 11:55 pm

Sometimes all the mind needs to “find a little bit of clarity”, is Fly Fishing for Trout. Just You vs. the Trout. You armed with a pattern matching every bug ever seen on the West Coast and the Trout with an amazing set of eyes. Your disadvantages are the snag lined banks and being a lefty (if you’re me). The trout, it’s hunger and the split second it has to filter your fly.

Last Saturday I woke up excited to get in the car and head up to Mount Baldy for a little Trout fishing on San Antonio Creek. It was my first time fishing there (believe it or not), and I’m always excited about what new water might have to offer. I arrived energized and ready to tackle each hole from the falls all the way to the town. Bluejays were singing and I had a good feeling!

After casting into 5 holes on different sections (and not one fish), my enthusiasm turned to frustration. I was just about ready to leave for my favorite spot on the San Gabriel River. I made up my mind however, that I would try a little tributary I had heard good things about, before I called it a day. That was one of the best decisions I have ever made. First hole, first cast, and I was into a nice little Brown Trout. Then two more casts and two more fish from the same hole. I hiked a total of about 1 mile up the tributary and landed about 30 brownies along the way.

After stepping into what I thought was Poison Oak (and it turned out it was), I decided to call it a morning and head back home to my beautiful wife. As I was packing everything up, two guys stopped me and asked if I was fishing. I with Fly Rod in hand replied yes (with a little sarcasm in my voice)! Then one of the guys ignoring my tone, proceeded to tell me about a spot that they had seen with 4 or 5 pools holding a ton of fish. I replied “Thanks for the info” and proceeded to pack up my gear, and I was sceptical due to my earlier encounter on the main stream.

Down the road a ways I viewed the spot the two hikers told me about, and talked myself into taking a look. Pulled the rod and reel out, and hit the pools. Each of the pools provided about 5 Rainbow Trout,  and again I was glad that I went with my instinct and gave it a shot.

After all my motto is “If there’s water, there must be fish in it!”

5 Responses to “BROWNIE POINTS”

  1. Josh says:

    I am totally at a loss for where this creek is. I live in Southern California and would like to check it out.

  2. Always trust the instinct, in fishing anyway. Nice job.

  3. JoshB says:

    I’m in the same boat as the other Josh.

  4. Tanisha Doescher says:

    Wow. I didn’t even know that there were any Brown Trout in Southern California!

  5. Sean Fenner Sean Fenner says:

    Definitely. Many of the streams in the San Bernardino Mountain have both Rainbow and Brown Trout. The Browns seem to do better at higher elevation and the Rainbows at Lower elevation. Check out our Locations list for a few places where Brown Trout can be caught close to home.

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