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Jeff Antig
(Antig)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Southern california fishing help on 05/14/2010 18:48:42 MDT Print View

Hey everyone. I have not been fishing a single day in my life but I would like to try it out. I'm a poor EMT that went back to nursing school so I don't have the money to get gear just to try out. I wouldn't mind getting my own equipment if I do like it though.

What I'm asking is this--I'm hoping someone in my area (I live in the san gabriel valley) would be kind enough to take me fishing and teach me what I need to know. I'm willing to drive to you as well. In return, I'll promise to dress the slightest wounds you may have and not perform CPR on the fish. Thank you.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Southern california fishing help on 05/14/2010 19:10:19 MDT Print View

Saltwater? Freshwater? Flyfishing?
I do just about all of it.
What are you looking to get into?


Where in SoCal are you? I'm up in beautiful Altadena.

Edited by xnomanx on 05/14/2010 19:11:13 MDT.

Jeff Antig
(Antig)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Southern california fishing help on 05/14/2010 19:37:42 MDT Print View

I'm in Arcadia...right below Chantry Flats. Altadena is very close to me--I go to school at PCC.

I'm thinking of maybe freshwater flyfishing. It sounds a bit difficult for a beginner so if that's the case, regular fishing with a reel is ok too. I'm planning to learn so that I could catch fish on backpacking trips.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Re: Southern california fishing help on 05/14/2010 20:45:45 MDT Print View

Who in the SGV hasn't gone to PCC?

The Pasadena Casting Club is down in the Arroyo a few miles below the Rose Bowl. They have casting pools that anyone can use- a good place to learn basics before going out and getting all tangled in the bush.

You don't need much gear or money to get started in fly fishing, although most companies would have you believe it takes a $500 rod to catch fish. I'd definitely buy used if you want your own setup...most fly fishermen are as sick as BPLers when it comes to constantly buying/selling gear and there are always good deals to be had.

Maybe we could meet down at the casting ponds sometime. There were plenty of people eager to teach me there for free- once you start going to practice, you'll always run into someone helpful. I won't win any casting competitions but I've caught a lot of fish and know all the basics- I'd be happy to share.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Yeah same here on 05/14/2010 21:14:12 MDT Print View

I live in San Dimas, over by Covina or Pomona. I flyfished the San Gabriels for 5 years and then mostly in the Sierras another 10. It would be cool to meet some of you locals and show you a few things that I've learned. It would be even cooler if it resulted in a bp/ff trip some time in the future, always looking for locals to go with. As far as buying gear, Craig is right, you dont need alot of money to get started. I stay away from all the high-end vests, tools, waders, etc. I've caught plenty of trout with little more than a rod, reel, and home made fly. Much like backpacking, its more about skills than gear. Hit me up if either of you are interested in meeting on the creek.

Jeff Antig
(Antig)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Thanks on 05/15/2010 00:37:44 MDT Print View

Thanks for the help--maybe we could arrange for something. Do any of you guys fish with Tenkara rods? It sounds very promising and simple enough for me to not be intimidated. It would be nice if I could learn with that and another bonus is that it would be light enough for me to pack on a trip. Although it is a bit pricey but by the time I'm actually able to catch something, I'll probably have already looked high and low for a used one.

Edited by Antig on 05/15/2010 00:39:52 MDT.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Tenkara on 05/15/2010 12:56:44 MDT Print View

Never tried Tenkara. Essentially they are the same, conventional flyfishing just gives you to option to "shoot" line farther. learn conventional and then switch to Tenkara later when you have the funds and you want to save weight.

Chris Stewart
(CM_Stewart) - F
Try tenkara first on 05/15/2010 13:12:35 MDT Print View

I would suggest starting with tenkara. It will be easier to learn, cost less (you don't need to buy a reel or expensive fly line), and weigh less. If you ever decide that you need to shoot line, then you could add the expense, complexity and weight that the extra casting distance require. If you mostly fish small streams, you may never have to switch.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Chris is right. on 05/15/2010 13:27:42 MDT Print View

I agree with Chris, Tenkara will be easier to learn and might be where you prefer to end up after you try both. The reason i still recommdend learning conventional first is because you might know someone that can loan you regular gear for learning. If I see a used Tenkara rod go up for sale cheap, I'll be jumping on it but I have a feeling it will be a while before that happens.

Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
Is the west fork open? on 05/19/2010 13:55:51 MDT Print View

I've heard that it was closed due to the fire. How are the other forks for fishing now? I'm just starting out as well and have spent some time at the PCC pond...

FYI, I have a tenkara and have used it successfully in the Sierra, let me know if you guys set up a daytrip. I'd be happy to come and let you try it.

Edited by erdferkel on 05/19/2010 13:57:17 MDT.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
W Fork was closed on 05/19/2010 13:58:40 MDT Print View

I checked back in April, I'm not sure about now. E Fork, Lytle Creek, Sespe Creek, Santa Ana River, and San Antonio Creek are all fishable. No lunkers but excellent practice for stream fishing.

James DeMonaco
(jdemonaco) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco
Re: Southern california fishing help on 05/20/2010 01:42:27 MDT Print View

I live in San Dimas as well and I'm always down to fish. I've never been fly fishing but I have been on countless trout trips and have successfully fished the backcountry sierras before.

Someone do me a favor and PM me if this turns into a group BPL trip! haha

Mireille Halley
(tinyscrafts) - F - MLife

Locale: So Cal
take a girl fishing on 05/20/2010 21:57:52 MDT Print View

I could use some lessons too.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Group ffing/BPL trip on 05/20/2010 23:06:39 MDT Print View

I'd dig it if we made a trip out of this. I would be glad to meet with anyone locally for a ffing lesson, I may be a bit rusty so I could use some practice to work the bugs out of my gear before the coming season anyway. Mireille, James, you are welcome to recommend a meeting time at Puddingstone, Santa Fe Dam or any other local lake. I'm free the next couple of weekends. I'd enjoy meeting some BPL locals and if a trip resulted that would be even better.

Edited by Lopez on 05/21/2010 07:33:27 MDT.

R Alsborg
(FastWalker) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Re: Group ffing/BPL trip on 05/20/2010 23:17:47 MDT Print View

Sounds like fun count me in - Orange County

Mireille Halley
(tinyscrafts) - F - MLife

Locale: So Cal
I'll go on 05/24/2010 13:03:28 MDT Print View

I'm in too.
I also am open the next few weekends. Lets go!

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
When? on 05/24/2010 13:32:33 MDT Print View

My next few weekends are already booked, but something in the second half of June would work for me -

- and I have several Tenkara rods I'd be happy to bring along for anyone wanting to try them!

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
@Stephen on 05/24/2010 13:33:48 MDT Print View

That's awesome Stephen, thanks!

Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
Things are looking up, parts of Angeles NF open on 05/26/2010 15:39:45 MDT Print View

http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/angeles/news/2010/news-2010-05-25-station-fire-areas-open.shtml

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
West Fork on 05/26/2010 16:48:49 MDT Print View

That's good news indeed!