New video: ‘Carp on the Fly, Los Angeles River’


Mirror, mirror on the wall What name should this carp we call? (Ryan Anglin)

Mirror, mirror on the wall
What name should this carp we call? (Ryan Anglin)

Take a look at this engaging new video from Ryan Anglin (real name, born to fish!)

It certainly represents the way I’ve felt many times on our river — serenity sans hip-hop soundtrack. I guess it’s easier to see the river from a bling perspective — fly in; take some shots; catch some fish; fly out; edit, complete with stereotypes — but this piece captures the peace I feel on this magical waterway.

Should come with a NSFW warning — watch it and you’ll leave your cube early to get out there.

See you on the river, Jim Burns

From today’s e-mailbag …


Thanks for all the information you’ve posted about the LA River over the years. I was finally able to make it to the LA River during my recent visit to California. My friend and I started at Marsh Park (near the 2/I-5) and did some exploring with our Tenkara rods. Wrapped up the day at Spokes Café. The LA River surpassed my expectations!

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David Oh says:
June 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm Edit

Hey Jim,
Have been trying my luck near the Sepulveda Basin. No luck but any day outdoors no matter how cold, uncomfortable, or skunky beats a sedentary afternoon on the couch.

From what I can collect, there is life but on the bottom of the river. They weren’t going for any of my dries (I usually use a scud, killer bug as my go to emergency fly and even that didn’t work out too well). I ran across some environmental students that had a kayak hooked up with sonar and they let me there are schools of fish down in the river. (I was near the bridge where the river and Balboa meet). The biggest problem however is where the Glendale Narrows have plenty of spots that you can fit to get to the river, The Sepulveda Basin was very hard to find elbow room of any sorts (I have not walked the complete length but a few good miles)

Balboa lake is an awful mess on the weekend (as expected)
Could be good for micro fishing though.

I did find a section where the lake empties out into the river, and for what I can surmise as about 200 yards is a very nice looking stream. Were it not in Los Angeles, where it is, I would almost guarantee amazing fishing in these spots. You just have to ignore empty modelo 20 pack boxes sometimes though.

Let me do some more exploring and maybe I can let you in on a more educated review.

4th Carp Throwdown loves the locals


THE FOG: No, it's not a John Carpenter thriller, but it makes for a great shot! (Courtesy Al Q.)

THE FOG: No, it’s not a John Carpenter thriller, but it makes for a great shot! (Courtesy Bernard Yin.)

On Saturday, June 13, the Carp Throwdown celebrated its fourth go-around.
The night before began with some good, ol’ revelry, including rock and roll featuring CTD co-founder Conway Bowman on drums! The CTD tradition of the band always being called the Three Blind Carp was kept alive with Bernard Yin and his wife, Rebecca, on guitar and bass.
Next morning, a solid group of anglers hit Lake Henshaw in the fog, caught fish and had a great time. The legendary hopper hatch was not as elusive as in previous CTDs and many anglers earned their rankings with the help of hoppers. Certain areas were rife with the bugs and it was clear by the bird life that these hoppers are a huge part of this area’s seasonal ecosystem.

SO CAL RULES: And locals Tiffany and Dustin Sergent represent. (Courtesy Al Q.)

SO CAL RULES: And locals Tiffany and Dustin Sergent represent. (Courtesy Al Q.)

Some anglers leaned small and Zino Nakasuji even went to a size 14 stimulator.
And several catfish joined carp on the catch list. Good fun.
The results?
Well, we’re all warm and fuzzy to add that the first place boat division team was in fact a couple! Hats off to Dusty and Tiffany. They’re locals so you can blame the whole home team thing too.

Matus Sobolic took first in the wade division. He is a noteworthy So. Cal. carp fisher, who nabbed a first in last year’s Off Tha Hook on the L.A. River. Like many, he pre-fished the lake to dial it in.

A shout-out to organizers, Al Q and Conway Bowman, the Fly Stop and anyone else we neglected to mention. Not a single person didn’t bring something good to the table.

THREE BLIND CARP: Keep it real with Bernard Yin, left,  Rebecca Ramirez Yin, center, and Conway Bowman. (Courtesy Al Q.)

THREE BLIND CARP: Keep it real with Bernard Yin, left, Rebecca Ramirez Yin, center, and Conway Bowman. (Courtesy Al Q.)

Carp Throwdown 4 Results 2015
1st Place Boat Division

AYE, AYE,CAPTAIN CARP: You shoulda been there for a fine day (Courtesy Dylan Scott Moore)

AYE, AYE, CAPPIE CARP SEZ: You shoulda been there for one fine day. (Courtesy Dylan Scott Moore)

Dustin and Tiffany Sergent

6 qualifying carp

5 best — total 110 points
2nd Place Boat Division

Tod and Brian Suttle

4 qualifying carp

4 best — total 79 points
1st Place Wade Division

Matus Sobolic

5 qualifying carp

5 best — total 92 points
2nd Place Wade Division

Mike McVay

4 qualifying carp

4 best — total 73 points
Big Fish

Dustin and Tiffany Sergent

26-inch carp
Trash Fish

Dan Jazozewki

21-inch catfish
Fish count for 40 anglers (26 boat, 14 wade)

36 carp

3 catfish
Special thanks to rock ‘n’ roller Bernard Yin for helping me get this report together.

See you on the river, Jim Burns

Conservation tips for opening day on the LA River


ALL SMILES: Will with one sweet capr (Jim Burns)

ALL SMILES: Will with one sweet carp. (Jim Burns)

Today is opening day on the Los Angeles River.

It may not get the press or angler attention as the traditional opener in the eastern Sierra, in which fishers descend on the area’s many awakening lakes and streams, but the truth is it’s a banner day just the same.

For the third season, the recreational zone includes two areas,  Elysian Valley and Sepulveda Basin.  Check out the above link for maps, rules and all the good stuff about kayaking.

Buy a fishing license

                Fish legally

Support the conservation efforts of the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Don’t kill and eat your catch

                Red-tail hawks, osprey and other birds depend on fish for their survival

Practice catch-and-release fishing

                Play your fish quickly

SLEUTHING: Pack out everything you brought, including flies, tippet discards and leader. (Jim Burns)

SLEUTHING: Pack out everything you brought, including flies, tippet discards and leader. (Jim Burns)

Use barbless hooks or bend the barb back with your hemostat

Hold your fish as gently as possible when you remove the hook

If your fish is exhausted, place back in water in your hands until it swims away

Put discarded line, bobbers and hooks in a container in your pocket

Remember all lines will not biodegrade for centuries and are a hazard to wildlife that can become entangled and die in them

Hooks left in the water can injure wildlife, as well as barefoot humans

Send me any stories and pics you want to share with readers of this site. Successes as well as failures welcome! I don’t cover the Sepulveda Basin and would like to know how the fishing’s going there.

See you on the river, Jim Burns

 

Mark Gangi says:
May 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm Edit
I would add – give other fisherman a lot of room, and don’t wander along the edge scaring all of the fish. It’s exciting to see 3-4 fly fisherman on the river at the same time, and the fish are getting active quicker – but please be cool to everyone on the river