I’m singin’ those “Sierra Trout Season Opening Day, Cause I’m stuck in San Diego Again” Blues this morning.
I hate when my two best trout scouts call me long distance to tell me they caught quick limits by 10 AM, and are “going to nap.” It’s calls like this from members of the “Neener-Neener Brigade” that makes me want to take them out albacore fishing and have a little game of “Pay Back” by innocently reaching over with my fishing pliers and accidentally cutting their line when they’re trying to land an albie in my boat.
I really wouldn’t do that, but I have thought about it.
But my buddies are pretty excited about the ‘09 trout season. The angler who turned me on to Fuller Lake, (which is about 10 miles east of Grass Valley, CA on Highway 20), reported he limited out in less than an hour, hooked a lot of trout but returned everything under 13-inches. John P. doesn’t lie about fish so I expect he has a stringer of big fat rainbows and one or two large spring brownies—which are most often caught at Fuller at the inflow of a small creek not far from the old Auburn Rod and Gun club building.
He told me that the best producing fly so far have been midges tied to #20 hooks and woolies on #14’s. I wish I were there right now, or,
Fishing the East Fork of the San Gabriel River at its sand and rock-rilled confluence with the San Gabriel Dam.
Occasional fly fishing partner Billy C (a highland Scot who lives in Arcadia CA) told me this morning that the rainbows are surging up from the San Gabriel Dam in what he assumes are “spring spawning runs.”
The East Fork is my natal fishing stream. I may pop up there next week for a couple of hours; since it’s unlikely I will be able to get up to the Sierra for at least two weeks.
You don’t need a lot of skill or expensive equipment to fish anywhere on the East Fork. My “outfit” consists of a pair of cut-offs, my good luck, but ripped savagely by my young cat, “Dan, “green, pink and yellow tie dye t-shirt and a pair or nasty old Converse athletic shoes. I fish the East Fork with a seven-foot limber rod, and a 6x tippet in front of a nymph tied to a #18 hook or midges on smaller hardware. I also carry a small selection of deerfly and other patterns, but most of my luck on the East Fork has always been with nymphs or midges.
Oh the horror: I’ve also been known to use bait at the confluence of the East Fork and the San Gabriel Dam. My best results have always been with Pautzkie’s premium salmon eggs on a laser sharpened egg hook attached to an unweighted line floated down stream. If the rainbows are there, they’re likely to hit a salmon egg when everything else fails and when they do, don’t be surprised when they go aerial or head down towards the dam.
And that’s this years first report on fishing at Fuller Lake and on the East Fork of the San Gabriel River at it’s confluence with the San Gabriel Dam. Happy Fishing!—Jim Forbes 04/25/2009.