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Old 02-11-2009, 05:41 PM
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Default Re: San Gabriel River West Fork

As far as I know there are no seasonal restrictions in So Cal for streams and creeks unless they are closed year round. There might be some restrictions on the artificial and barbless sections, that being possible size limit and or a zero keep limit. Most of the regs are posted at the stream that you intend on fishing. I know Deep Creek and Bear Creek have signs posted, most of the lesser known streams however have no signage... Kind of nice that way.. No one knows that the streams are there If all else fails check in with the ranger station when possible.. Hopefully they will know the regs


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Old 03-07-2009, 09:16 PM
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Default Re: San Gabriel River West Fork

Thinking of doing mid day run to west fork tomorrow sunday - anyone heading up there?
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:02 PM
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Wish I would have seen this earlier!!. Looks like we will take the jonboat out to one of the local lakes. Might be able to change my buddy's mind though. If we do , I will leave you a PM on when and where..

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Old 03-09-2009, 08:48 PM
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Well,

I didn't make it. I got kinda lazy. I understand they are not stocking that anymore, so I haven't bothered riding my bike up the 6 miles. Anyone hit that lately? With any luck?
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I wound up going to the East Fork. Wound up hiking and fishing in about 4 miles. We would hike until we came to an interesting looking pool or rapid. Cast out and usually get either a bite or a fish. Saw one pool from high up on the trail with lots of fish. We spent most of our time there, probably a half hour. Caught probably 20 fish from that pool alone. Most of the fish were sub 6 inch with the occaisional 8 incher tossed in but it was lots of fun. After the last two weekends in the East Fork, I wonder why everyone likes the West Fork so much?? Does the East Fork dry out in summer?? Are the crowds worse?? Do the gold prospectors become a really bad problem since the ones that I talked to were quite nice.

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Old 03-10-2009, 11:14 PM
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Default Re: San Gabriel River West Fork

I've been on the West Fork the past two Sundays. Two weeks ago, it was warm, but not quite warm enough to wet wade. I found myself chilled after wading waist deep for more than an hour. I was pretty rusty, and only brought four to hand, but I missed at least that many more hits. Lots of fun, as the warm weather brought back some dryfly action. Not many folks out, so I enjoyed the solitude even on the stretches close to the parking lot.

This past Sunday, it was a touch cooler, so I wore my waders. Popular day to be flyfishing - I saw more fly anglers than I've ever seen up there (though I've only been up a few times starting last summer). There were also more people out for a walk, bike ride, or dip in the water. I struggled some, catching only one rainbow in the morning. I eventually saw some nice pocket water, and after some semi-strenuous rock and log hopping, caught four nice trout from a couple of pools. All but one strike were on nymphs, mostly a bead head prince.

Treecatcher, I envy your success. I don't believe I've ever caught 20 fish in a day, though I've neared that mark.
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:06 PM
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That day had bettered any day that I have ever had on any river!!!. I guess we just got lucky. The fish were small but they were fun. There were a few hikers, most were bungy jumpers on the way to the bridge to nowhere. I will be heading up the trail on the East Fork this coming weekend. If you see a flyfisher with a blackish looking dog, say hi

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Old 05-04-2010, 09:47 AM
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sorry for commenting on an old post, but i went up there 3 weeks ago and was fishing a bend that goes beside a cliff and looks somewhat deep. i was using a dry with a merger, and got slammed on the merger and all i felt was a couple head shakes and he was off. it felt like a decent size fish but never saw it. i cant wait to get back up there, just need a ride ha.
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Default San Gabriel River Conservancy

Some of the folks on another flyfishing site have started a conservancy to try and clean up the West Fork. It's modeled after the Fishery Resource Volunteer Corp but was originally intended to take a more enforcement/preventation attitude. Here's a link to their site in case you're interested in participating: West Fork San Gabriel River Conservency

I'm sure they can use more volunteers, or even monetary donations.
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I was up on the West Fork on Thursday and stopped by the ranger station in Azusa to see what was going on with the closure. The person at the ranger station said no official word had come from "headquarters," wherever that might be. He did say he read in the paper the section of the west fork from the 2nd bridge to the dam was "supposed" to open Saturday, the 29th of May, but he had no "official" word on that. When I went up there everything was still closed at the second bridge. I made a day of it, starting at the 2nd bridge and fishing all the way back to the first bridge. I didn't see another fisherman on that stretch all day. Just me and a lot of hungry trout.


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