South San Gabriel Behind the Hospital
Saturday morning I fished the South San Gabriel. I started about 8:00 am under the I-35 overpass and worked my way up river. The water was moving but pretty shallow until a couple of large pools farther up river. I finally zeroed in on the fish with a size 10 olive wooly bugger (no big surprise). I caught one small bass and "tons" of sunfish casting up against the shaded bank. Not really any large fish but a lot of fun.
BEGIN AND END TIMES: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
AIR TEMPERATURE, WEATHER CONDITIONS: 85 degrees, partly cloudy
WATER TEMPERATURE, WATER CONDITION: Very low, with scum on surface
FLIES THAT WORKED: Madam X in size 10, Olive Woolly Bugger in size 10
I went down behind the hospital for a couple of hours primarily to check the water level. Level is very low and there is no discernable flow. Part of the large hole behind the hospital looks stagnant, with scum on the surface. I wasn’t expecting to catch anything, but I caught a large Rio Grande Perch (about 8” long), one Guadalupe and one Largemouth Bass (both about 9” long), and several sunfish. I hooked a good size bass, but the hook pulled out just after the hookup. The South San Gabriel is as low as I have ever seen it, we need rain badly.
BEGIN AND END TIMES: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
AIR TEMPERATURE, WEATHER CONDITIONS: 91 Degree, Partly Cloudy
WATER TEMPERATURE, WATER CONDITION: About 74 degree, 7-8 CFS, water low but not too low
FLIES THAT WORKED: Black bead head woolly bugger, foam hopper
Went solo for a couple of hours below the Hospital just to check the water level and condition. Since they have completed the sewage line additions, the river has begun to return to a more normal condition. Water was fairly clear by usual standards, and running just enough for a slight current. Since the flood last year, the bass have not really settle in, but the first fish I caught was a fat, 13 inch largemouth on the woolly bugger. I caught several sunfish later on the foam hopper, but only one over 6”. I met two other fly fishermen, young guys from Round Rock, and invited them to the next meeting. All in all, a good morning.
BEGIN AND END TIMES: 2:30 PM til 4:30 PM
WATER TEMPERATURE, WATER CONDITION: Water Temp about 76 Degrees, very clear (about 65-70 cfs, perfect flow)
FLIES THAT WORKED: Hopper pattern in size 10, Black Beadhead Wooly Bugger size 12
DESCRIPTION OF THE OUTING: Went to check out water levels and condition of the stream. Water is very clear and beautiful. Caught about 15 sunfish but only one bass about 10 inches long.
BEGIN AND END TIMES: 3:30 PM til 5:30 PM
AIR TEMPERATURE, WEATHER CONDITIONS: 85 Degrees, Partly Cloudy
WATER TEMPERATURE, WATER CONDITION: Water Temp about 74 Degrees, clearing (about 105 cfs, slightly high)
FLIES THAT WORKED : Hopper pattern in size 10
DESCRIPTION OF THE OUTING: Went solo to check out the changes in the river since the big flood. River has changed significantly, creating several new holding locations for fish. Flood has cleaned out the trash and taken numerous small trees out, making casting much easier. Several new gravel bars allow access to areas previously difficult to reach. I caught about 20 sunfish, primarily red breasted sunfish, but only one small bass.