The overcast sky and cooler temperatures made for a perfect day for a long hike back into the Los Angeles mountains. I grabbed my trusty collapsible trout fishing rod, backpack full of lures, and hit up a favorite mountain stream. The hike was fairly grueling but rewarding, with epic views and a enchanting creek in the canyon.
Water levels were fairly good despite the drought; the recent rain had kept the creek gushing along, with pools looking nicely full. I spotted several small rainbow trout in the first major pool, a good sign.
Fishing was back to the basics for me: cast, drift, and set the hook on the strike. I landed trout after trout, most small, but with an occasional larger model thrown in for fun.
I noticed each pool seemed to have 1-2 hefty fish, but they were very hesitant to bite and let the little trout hit the lure first.
All fish were safely released back into the creek to get bigger. Spent several hours enjoying this meandering stream but finally had to call it a day. Tight lines until next time!