Thursday evening, April 14th, at 7:30 p.m.
San Marino Masonic Lodge
3130 Huntington Drive, San Marino, 91108
What Trout See with Jason Randall
While fly fishing, we are constantly aware of the importance of our vision. We need to wear the correct tint polarized sunglasses, learn how to read a stream, be able to identify indistinct underwater shapes as fish, and then keep our eyes peeled for what is often an indistinguishable strike. However, we often know little about the other side of this equation: what the fish sees of us and our flies. We may know enough to avoid wearing a fluorescent red shirt on the edge of a trout stream, maybe put a little tinsel in a favorite fly pattern, but beyond that, most of us are in the dark.
What do fish see? When we need to understand and assess our vision as humans, we turn to experts, and these well-trained doctors are generally called optometrists or opthamologists. What if PCC could offer you a presentation by a fish optometrist? Might that get your attention?
Well, I’m not Moses, nor could I find an icthyopthamologist on the Westside. But, I’ll be introducing the next closest specialist to you at the April meeting. Our speaker is a practicing veterinarian, certified in fish health and medicine, and a member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Freshwater Science.
Jason Randall is a graduate of the veterinary school at the University of Illinois, and his practice is based in Woodstock, Illinois. A longtime fly fisherman, over the past dozen years his articles have appeared in magazines such as American Angler, Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, and Northwest Fly Fishing.
Jason explains one aspect of trout’s unique survival mechanism:
Trout see directly in front with perfect focus, while at the same time, if we approach from the side, they can see us also with perfect clarity. That is because they have elliptically shaped eyes with multiple focal lengths. This would be like our reading a book we are holding in front of us, while at the same time we would have perfect eyesight and focus in our peripheral vision. Imagine how hard we’d be to sneak up on if that were the case, which is why trout areextremely difficult to surprise when we try to sneak up on them.
Trout are visual predators – they select prey (and, we hope, our flies) based on visual clues. The more we understand their sense of sight and the criteria they use in prey selection, the more trout will end up in our nets.
In 2012, Stackpole/Headwater books released Jason’s first book, Moving Water: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Currents. This book studies and explains the effect of current on trout, their prey species and presentation, where vertical layers of current create drag and require adjustments to improve nymph fishing success.
Jason’s second book Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat, was released in August of 2013. This valuable book focuses on matching your fishing strategies to the trout’s feeding strategies, especially when targeting large trout.
2014 brought his third book, Trout Sense: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell, which offers anglers an opportunity to know more about the quarry they seek.
To learn more about Jason Randall, check out his website at www.jrflyfishing.com. Join us at the San Marino Masonic Lodge, 3130 Huntington Drive, San Marino, 91108, on Thursday evening, April 14th, at 7:30 p.m. Jason will have copies of his book available for sale that evening.
Spring is here! The birds are singing, the weather is warm, and the PCC native garden is alive with the bright-orange blooms of the California poppy.
The garden wasn’t the only thing that was alive in March. From the garden to the fundraiser, PCC was abuzz with activities: garden work parties, fly tying round-ups, the PCC Casting Clinic and the Annual Fundraiser, just to name a few. Every one of these events took an enormous amount of planning and a significant amount of work. There was signing in and signing out, setting up and breaking down, hunting gophers, weeding, mulching, and the list goes on and on. Without our remarkable pool of volunteers, we never could have accomplished all of the wonderful things we did this month.
With the highest attendance in recent history, this year’s fundraiser pulled out all the stops. The food was wonderful. The wine was flowing and the fish were flying (fish paddles that is). The night was a great success. A great big “Thank you” to Wenda Payan and the entire fundraising team for the endless hours of planning that went into making this event so successful and fun.
Another fun event this past month was the PCC Annual Casting Clinic. At the clinic, a brand-new crop of budding anglers was introduced to the wonderful world of fly-fishing. At this three-day event, eager students lined the edge of casting pool to learn the joy (and sometimes the frustration) of fly casting. I would like to thank Daryl Chan and all of the instructors and volunteers for sharing their enthusiasm and skill with the students. Special thanks to the clinic culinary team: Paul Payan, Guy Ferrante and Wenda Payan. The food was wonderful!
Spring means that Opening Day, aka “Fishmas,” is nearly here. Fishmas is defined by Urban Dictionary as “the first day of trout, celebrated by camping and fishing, filled with merriment and many folk tales by the fire! No matter the weather.” This year it is Saturday April 30, 2016. However, before you hit the road and get too merry, remember to purchase your fishing license. You can purchase your license online now from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Fishing or by calling CA DFW Telephone Sales (800) 565-1458.
Lastly, I am delighted to welcome Carl Crawford and Guy Ferrante to the PCC Board of Directors. Both are long-time volunteers and each brings a wealth of talent, enthusiasm and energy to the Board.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the next meeting or at the casting pool!
Leigh Ann Swanson
PCC is saddened to hear of the passing of long time member, Diane Armstrong. Diane was a Past President of PCC (the first woman president of the Club) and spent many years as one of our casting instructors at the March Casting Clinic. She was a devoted student of PCC’s tournament casting champion, Polly Cathcart.
Diane suffered from some health issue during the past few years and passed quietly at the home of her extended family, Erik and Stephanie Floren, in Cherry Valley, California.
Diane was born and grew up in Sierra Madre and proceeded to live a varied and colorful life. Diane trained bloodhounds for the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team, loved classical music and sang for many years with the Verdi Chorus in Santa Monica. Being athletic, Diane enjoyed playing softball with the boys and giving them a run for their money. She also enjoyed body boarding, snow and water skiing, and of course, fly- fishing. She was a beautiful woman with stunning green eyes who served as a Princess on the Rose Bowl Court, modeled swimsuits, and served as a “story line” in a magazine giving guidance to young girls growing to maturity.
Diane graduated from USC, became a CPA, and ran her own successful accounting business throughout her business career. A great source of pleasure for Diane was participating in PCC club events and outings. She loved fishing Hot Creek (where she once clipped fins with CalTrout), as well as on the West Fork, the Kern River, and in the Sierra backcountry, often with members of her family. Her favorite area to fish was Montana: on the Missouri, Madison, Jefferson, and the Black Foot, Bitterroot, and Big Horn.
Diane was a no-nonsense, straight-ahead woman who met all of life’s delights and difficulties with both strength and grace.
It was Diane’s wish that in lieu of services and flowers that donations be made to any of the following organizations:
Pasadena Casting Club, P.O. Box 711, Pasadena, Ca. 91102
KUSC, P.O. Box 7913, Los Angeles, Ca 90015
Verdi Chorus, 2630 11th St. Unit 4, Santa Monica, Ca 90405
ANNUAL YARD SALE
Our popular "yard" sale is coming to the Clubhouse on Sunday, April 17 from 1:00-4:00p.m. just in time for the upcoming fishing season. This is a good time to look over your little used or unused fly fishing equipment that you may want to part with. You can bring those rods, reels, waders, boots, clothing, fly tying materials and any other fly fishing related items to sell. It’s also a great opportunity to buy someone else's “treasures” at bargain prices. This is a fun event where you can enjoy the camaraderie of other Club members and discuss your upcoming fishing adventures. The Club will have its usual donated items to sell including rods, reels, fly tying materials, and books at give away prices.
As an added attraction, Michael Miller will have his “Miller’s Back Nine” golf course set up. If you are new to the Club, this is a challenging, enjoyable fly casting activity that is suitable to all skill levels. At 2:00p.m. Michael will lead a “tour” of the course for those who are not familiar with the course or need a refresher. Also,Ray Chang from Solitude Fly Company with flies to sell. Other participants include Naomi Okamoto, Tom Ishkanian andWill Trefry with vintage fly equipment. Light refreshments provided.
Please let me know by April 14 if you need a table to accommodate your items. Hope to see you on Sunday, April 17.
April 8-10, Kern River: Fish the Twenty Mile section of the Upper Kern River. The group will share a guide from Kern River Fly Fishing Guide Service for the best local knowledge. A group of rooms have been reserved at the Kernville Inn. This trip is limited to 10 anglers, Coordinator Eric Callow.
May 14, LA River: The ultimate urban fishing. Learn to fly fish homegrown waters with a chance to land some gear busting “Golden ghosts” (AKA carp). This trip is limited to 6 anglers, Coordinator Mike Miller.
May 15, Lake Henshaw: Sight fish for carp and catch them on dry flies! Located in San Diego county, Lake Henshaw resort has lodging or camping available for the 1 day outing (www.lakehenshawresort.com). Coordinator Adrian Uribe.
May 21-22, Beginner’s Outing: Location TBD. Test your newly discovered fly-casting skills in the Eastern Sierra. Participation in previous PCC March Casting Clinic required. Trip will include cost sharing a 1 day on the water clinic by Pat Jaeger (http://jaeger-flyfishing.com/). There will be an organizational meeting prior to the trip at the PCC clubhouse, Coordinators Ed & Leigh Ann Swanson.
June 17–20, Hot Creek Ranch: This is our annual trip to Hot Creek Ranch, a private fly fishing ranch located on this famous spring creek in Mammoth Lakes, CA. If you are worry about low water, see Kevin Peterson’s fish report (http://hstrial-hotcreekranch.homestead.com/FishReport.html.) There are 9 housekeeping cabins streamside for 18 guests. To reduce costs, we have cut the Saturday BBQ & Monday breakfast. This trip is NOW OPEN for sign-up with a $200 deposit. The total cost is $415 due by April 8. Payment by the PCC club website, Coordinator Wenda Payan.
July 16, Fly Fish the Surf Outing: Thanks to the “big pond” to the west, we can fly fish locally, drought or no drought!! Prior to the trip an orientation clinic will be arranged to teach you how to fly fish the surf, including gear, baskets, flies, special clothing/footwear, and knowledge of casting sinking lines in a sometimes chaotic environment. Location and orientation meeting TBD, Coordinator Carl Crawford.
August 13, LA River: Coordinator Mike Miller (see May 14, above)
August 27-Sept 1, San Juan River, New Mexico: This trip has been expanded to 5 nights lodging (www.octagoninn.com), 4 days of guided fishing, group dinners but does not include transportation or gratuities. A separate cabin is available for a couple or 2 female anglers. The estimated cost (based on 8 anglers) is $1200 per person, $400 deposit required by March 15, Coordinators Bob Proctor.
November 12, Fly Fish the Surf Outing: Coordinator Carl Crawford (See July 16, above)
Here are some highlights from the March 24 Community Collaborative meeting about the management planning for the new Monument.
Supervisor Jeffrey Vail reported on the ongoing personnel changes for the Monument and Angeles National Forest, which should be in place by late May. There will be two districts, one the Monument, and the other comprised of the rest of the Angeles National Forest. Each will have a District Ranger and a deputy. He is also hiring an additional Environmental Coordinator, and has hired two new biologists for the monument.
Vail stressed his continuing commitment to community involvement in the planning process, quoting at length from Gifford Pinchot, (Theodore Roosevelt’s first National Forest Chief of a hundred and ten years ago), who envisioned a “spirit of hardy cooperation” between the public and the government stewards of the forests. The first two chapters of the Environmental Assessment will be online in April, and the draft management plan itself should be published in June. Then follows a 60-day public comment period (up from 45, at the request of the Collaborative), during which we should all submit our comments. Vail indicated that, even though the draft plan will have been written, the public comments will be taken seriously and the plan can and will be modified. He said they are pushing it forward in this way in order to be finished in 2017, as required by the proclamation.
News of the East and West forks San Gabriel River
In a separate meeting with Angeles National Forest staff, set up by TU’s California Field Coordinator, Jessica Strickland, we met with Environmental Coordinator Justin Seastrand and several of his science staff. These were the two new biologists mentioned above, an environment technician, and biologist Nathan Sill, who has been with ANF for eight years.
We had a frank discussion about the monument planning, our concerns that the fishery comments were overlooked, and a number of other topics. Because of the limited space here, I will only cover two.
The issuing of citations for mining on the East Fork is hampered by the lack of penalties being specified in the mining prohibition law. If damage cannot be proved, the court can dismiss the citation, so few are issued. Typically the citation is therefore only given if an incidental infraction has also occurred, such as for trash, or the miner’s gas can being found near the stream. The monument proclamation allows the forest service to make or amend rules as it forms a management plan, and this citation problem could be fixed through that process. It was strongly hinted that comments in support of this would be most helpful. This should be a topic of our public comments this summer. We will develop comment language to use as we get closer to that time. Do not send comments now.
Biologist Nathan Sill, who monitors the stream and attends the West Fork Workgroup meetings, is interested in pursuing changes to the flow regime agreed to with DPW many years ago. For example, he would like to see DPW allow the temporary Cogswell inflow from storms to pass through the dam and provide a more natural flow regime, thus occasionally scouring the tail water. Jessica offered to send him the legal finding by the National Heritage Institute developed on this subject in 2004, and to speak with TU attorneys about it. He and Jessica will follow up. (This is the legal finding ordered by Jim Edmondson from NHI years ago which I unearthed and sent to Jessica last year.)
We now have a renewed relationship with ANF staff that we will maintain. I will share other news from this meeting in the future.
The 2016 Fundraiser Auction was a big success thanks to all who supported and attended the event and to the generous participation of the club members and donors. Revenue from the auction and raffle are a major source of funding of our annual budget. It enables PCC to maintain our Conservation efforts, the Wounded Veterans Program, and support several other club activities and programs.
What a night! Attendance was high with nearly 140 people consisting of members and guests. The event filled up early and the room was packed with great energy, laugher and fierce bidding competition over auction items.
The dining hall was beautifully decorated with white tablecloths and centerpiece vases of wildflowers on every table. Auction items were displayed around the room and a photo board pictured members on outfitter trips won in past auctions and a fun video picturing members and club events played. Perfect Equation catered a delicious dinner and buffet and Ritual Brewing Company donated craft beer. The bar was busy all night.
The silent auction had more than 130 items including the Collector’s Table that was very popular with rare and vintage items. The live auction was very entertaining as trout shaped bid paddles were rising above the audience during bidding wars provoked by our hilarious auctioneer, Barry Sweet. Bidders won excellent deals on trips, lodges, fishing gear, fine art, and beautiful hand crafted items made by club members especially for this event.
John Tobin gave an excellent presentation about PCC Conservation Programs. He shared photographs and informed us of past activities and achievements, and then brought us up to date with current efforts, encouraging action to support the inclusion of stream protection and restoration in the planning of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.
The evening closed with the raffle drawing, and thanks to the generosity of donors, we had an excellent selection of prizes. PCC member David Bird won the grand prize, an Orvis Superfine Carbon fly rod with a Battenkill 1 reel and fly line. Congratulations David!
It takes a dedicated team to have a successful event so many thanks to the fundraising committee: Adrian Uribe, Andy Gantner, David Bird, Dennis Greninger, Ed Swanson and Harold Shively who contacted the vendors, outfitters and lodges. Thank you to the hard working volunteer staff: Adrian and Elizabeth Uribe, Akemi Uchiyama, Analiza Del Rosario, Carl Crawford, Chris Capune, David Bird, Dennis Greninger, Fernando Vasquez, George and Pam Wagner, Guy Ferrante, Jim Bading, John Tobin, Manuel Camargo, Marie Hagen, Nadine Ishizu, Naomi Okamoto, Paul Payan, Richard Thomsen, Robert Proctor, Sarah Miller,Scott Boller, Susan Haigh, Tom Lynn, Tom Smith and thanks to Alexa Thomsen for keeping track of auction wins and taking care of accounting. And a great big thank you to everyone else who stayed late to help with break down. Your kind assistance is greatly appreciated.
PCC OUTING February on the Lower Owens by Bob Proctor
The PCC trip to Bishop and the Owens River lead by Tom Smith was attended by twenty or so intrepid members over a weekend. We all went our own way and gathered for dinner at some of Tom’s favorite dining places in Bishop to swap short and tall tales of our success. Those who were successful were peppered with inquiries about location, location and location from those of us who did not come close to matching the success of the masters.
I had not fished the Owens before, but I had watched YouTube videos of fishing on the River Avon in jolly old England. There, lovely green pastures with majestic old oaks bordered the River Avon. Brown trout dappled the gently flowing chalk stream. It cost over $100 to fish before you hire a guide.
The Lower Owens was not the uppity Avon. You park along chalk cliffs and hike across dry grazing land dodging very large cow pies. The Owens is hidden by dense willows and brown batches of reeds. Once you get a glimpse of the stream you find it flows 4 to 5 feet below high mud embankments. Getting into the water often requires sliding down the embankment on the seat of your waders. Getting back up takes much slipping and sliding.
Once you get your feet wet and move to cast to an inviting riffle or fishy looking foam line, you forget your trouble getting to the river because when the BWOs hatch the resident brown trout rise for their midday meal. The hatches were the highlight of each day. If you could match the shape and size of the hatch, some of the active feeders would make a mistake and 10 to 14 inch browns would attach themselves to your line for a short fight before being released.
When the day is over and you look up at the majestic snow covered Sierra towering above the valley and savor the thrill of catching wild brown trout, you understand why each year Tom Smith’s trip attracts more Club members to this outing.
2016 Women's Annual Fly Fishing Clinic
Come join us!
When: April 30th, 2016, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Pasadena Casting Clubhouse and Pool
To register contact Leigh Ann Swanson by email at email@example.com or by phone at 310-741-7645
All net proceed from this class will be donated to Casting for Recovery.
PCC Logo Shirts Have Arrived
The Simms Ebbtide shirt is now available to PCC members at a reduced price, showing the PCC Logo. This shirt is a lightweight fishing shirt with excellent air permeability and moisture management. (UPF 50 and extended cuffs offer extra sun protection.) This clean, versatile design is suitable for Southern California fishing and easy living.
Thanks to Fisherman’s Spot, PCC received a significant discount for this logo shirt. Our goal is not to make a profit, only to make logo wear for you to wear proudly as a member of the Pasadena Casting Club. Your cost is just $50.00!
The three colors available we playfully refer to as Hot Creek Green, Tidal Blue, and Chalk Bluff Beige. First shown at the February 11th General Meeting, these shirts are now at the PCC Clubhouse and inventory is moving quickly! Pre-order is available. Sizes are Small to 3x Large.
Stay tuned for more PCC Logo Wear this summer, including Women’s shirts.
June 17-20, 2016
Did you know that the Pasadena Casting Club is one of only two fly fishing clubs to have a week reserved every year for all nine cabins at Hot Creek Ranch? If you have fished there before, you know that the Ranch is one of the premier fly fishing locations in all of California.
Thousands of trout inhabit the 1 ¼ mile or so of creek that meanders through the private property, with only those staying in the nine cabins able to chase trout! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to spend Father’s Day weekend doing what fathers (and sons and wives and daughters!) truly enjoy: fly fishing! The total cost for the three nights and four days is $420.
There are only a limited number of spots, so sign up today. You can register at pasadenacastingclub.org with a $200 deposit.
2016 Annual Fly Casting Clinic
PCC’s Annual March Casting Class conducted its three - Saturday morning instruction sessions with over 35 enthusiastic students completing the course with excellent results. Look for many more casters on Sundays at the Clubhouse. Thanks to Leigh Ann Swanson and Daryl Chan for managing this long time PCC Event. See some of the students and instructors in action below.
Fly Tying Round-up April 3
Pasadena Casting Clubhouse from 1:00-4:30p.m.
A new date fir Dave Boyer's Woven Fly presentation.
Dave will show us how to tie these beautiful woven flies.
Please see his patterns by clicking on these links below:
Adam Perez and Tod Suttle will have a live fly tying demo and presentation on the Still Water Indicator.
Contact: Adrian Uribe
One Surf Fly
The Annual One Surf Fly is Saturday April 23, 6 a.m. at Dockweiler State Beach. This event will bring anglers together for a morning of friendly surf fishing competition then to The SeaLab Science Center in Redondo Beach for the awards ceremony, brunch and raffle. Proceeds from the raffle support The SeaLab Science Center and Algalita for their efforts in marine conservation and goals to free our oceans from plastic trash.
Date: Thursday, April 21
Place: Orvis Store, Pasadena
Contact: Adrian Uribe
Board of Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, April 28, at 7:00pm at PCC Clubhouse. All members welcome.
Casting and Poolside Activities
Date: Every Sunday
Place: PCC Clubhouse
April 3 - Paul Payan
April 10 - Wenda Payan
April 17 - Seymour Singer
April 24 - Tom Smith
May 1 - Ed Swanson
May 8 - Leigh Ann Swanson
May 15 - Alexa Thomsen
May 22 - John Tobin
May 29 - Adrian Uribe
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Fish Tales is published monthly by the Pasadena Casting Club, a not for profit organization open to all persons interested in angling, fly casting and conservation.
Editor: Will Trefry Electronic Publisher: Analiza del Rosario
Contributors: Seymour Singer, Leigh Ann Swanson, John Tobin, Paul Yazaki, Naomi Okamoto, Wenda Payan, Adrian Uribe, Bob Proctor, Dennis Greninger
PASADENA CASTING CLUB OFFICERS PRESIDENT - Leigh Ann Swanson, VICE PRESIDENT - Wenda Payan, RECORDING SECRETARY - Tom Smith, TREASURER - Alexa Thomsen, POOL CAPTAIN - David Bird
--------------------------- BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jim Bading, David Bird, Manuel Camargo, Carl Crawford, Guy Ferrante, Andy Gantner, Dennis Greninger, Albert League, Naomi Okamoto, Paul Payan, Wenda Payan, Seymour Singer, Tom Smith, Ed Swanson, Leigh Ann Swanson, Alexa Thomsen, John Tobin, Adrian Cid Uribe, Paul Yazaki,