Posted ByGary on October 21, 2003 at 01:25:48:
Date Fished: 10/18/03
East Fork of the San Gabriel River - Headed up to the East Fork on this beautiful, warm October day. To my surprise, the parking lot was full. I parked about one hundred and fifty yards down from the lot with all the other late-comers. I started fishing at high noon, and anticipated a pretty good day. I started out at the first river crossing on the way to "The Bridge to Nowhere". Usually, I catch a fish or at least get hit at his crossing. Today, there were no takers. I continued to hike up river for the remainder of the time in the canyon with limited success. I fished with the old reliable elk hare caddis flies the entire time. It seemed as if the larger flies were more productive for both strikes and hook ups. The size fourteen, with an olive body, with tan or bleached hare seemed to work the best. I also tried to fish a size twenty, with a tan body, but that fly resulted in absolutely no strikes. I landed six fish the entire time that I was up there, the largest measuring in at a whopping six inches. The fishing was not great, but it was one of the most beautiful October days that I have seen in our Angeles National Forest.
Upon returning to my truck, I noticed that I had left my passenger side door unlocked. But, I never leave a door unlocked! A quick glance at my seat, revealed the broken glass. Another glance made visible the missing stereo, open glove box and ransacked interior of my vehicle. What a drag! There were five other cars parked along side the road with my vehicle that were also burglarized. My day just got longer, as I began my second "fishing trip". To make a long story short without all of the details, I ended up filing a report at the San Dimas Sheriff's Office, as the thieves were being booked for stealing a car and burglarizing mine and a handful of others. I identified some of my personal belongings, which should be returned to me after they are no longer needed for evidence. I could not believe that law enforcement officers (U.S. Forest Service, L.A. County Sheriffs) actually caught these individuals. Let's hope that the system puts these individuals away for awhile, so that other hard working Americans can enjoy his/her personal belongings, without the fear of being robbed. Too bad these guys can't serve time in the prisons of their own country to the South of us. I here those places really are a deterrent to committing crimes. Oh, by the way, thanks Gray Davis! I think that it will just be great when they all have their State of California Driver's licenses.