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It is great to see lots of young anglers excited about fishing the la river these days. I recently went back to the LAR these past two weekends with a couple of good buddies, and had the first hand experience of enjoying them hook and land their first carp on the fly. I was fortunate to get introduced to this place around ten years ago by another good fishing buddy Jon Nakano, me and James Dwyer met him at the concrete river and fished what we called dough flies back then. They were just some wool over a small hook with maybe one wrap of lead around the shank to let them sink very slowly in the current. We would drift them right to the holding carp and they ate them like popcorn. We all connected back then but it was to be quite frank, a little sketchy down there, populated with some crazy local homeless characters.
Now with Friends of the LA River (FOLAR) making people more aware of this really cool place, it is getting a little cleaner, family friendly and more people are starting to experience the little jewel that runs right through the heart of downtown LA. If you can eliminate some of the trash, wires over head and graffiti, there are some stretches of the river that can make you forget you are in a populated urban environment. Anyhow, here a a few pics from the last couple of weekends, the smiles in my friends faces will paint the pictures and as you will see the carp are still eating flies…
I highly recommend coming out this june to the hodaddy of all carparandum, the bowman/q carp throwdown. this is a feel good, fun event held at lake henshaw. we have partnered up with the fly stop this year so please stop by their shop and show some love. barbecue and live music on the friday day night before. camp out or rent a bungalow. great prizes. this will be our forth one. we try to time it right around the famous hopper hatch, when grasshoppers literally get blown into the lake and are gorged upon by acres of carp. the event is a fly only tournament, and most of the fish are caught believe it or not on dry flies on the surface. wade or boat, it’s sick, it defies logic but it all happens in june, join us! it’s on! www.carpthrowdown.com registration should be up on the fly stop website soon.