Just as the fish we seek are the bellwether of clean water and thriving ecosystems,
we fly fishers are the sentries for these treasured environments.
Join with us in our conservation and advocacy work to sustain our sport.
PCC Conservation Mission Statement
The Pasadena Casting Club seeks to protect, restore, and preserve the fish and habitats of the California fisheries important to the sport of fly fishing through conservation activities, including habitat restoration, environmental advocacy and education, and support of conservation organizations.
Since its founding in 1947, one of the principal values of the Pasadena Casting Club has been conservation of the natural resources critical to our sport. Over the years the Club has initiated or participated in many conservation projects, with a special focus on the West Fork of the San Gabriel River. We have always had a special relationship with the West Fork, as it is a unique local wild trout stream.
In the years following a disastrous silt release from Cogswell Dam in 1981 which destroyed the fishery, PCC worked with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and USFS to distribute 105 tons of gravel to create spawning areas, and to replant riparian vegetation and install signage. (See photos here.) As a result the West Fork recovered and was reopened in 1985. After many months of further collaboration, the West Fork Long-Term Management Plan was developed and adopted by the relevant agencies in 1989. It provides for the management of the West Fork as a wild trout, catch-and-release stream, and contains agreements about stream flows from Cogswell Dam and appropriate silt management. At that time, Jim Edmondson was our Conservation Chair and also a representative of CalTrout. He was a key member of the group which achieved this result, and his signature is on the West Fork Long-Term Management Plan.
It is in the spirit of such effort and accomplishment that the Pasadena Casting Club continues its pursuit of conservation goals.
To fulfill the Conservation Mission, PCC will strive to engage in the following activities:
- Volunteer habitat work;
- Conservation education for members and the public;
- Advocacy for legislative and regulatory protections for the fish and habitats of our local, regional, and state sport fisheries, including advocacy of public access to fishing opportunities; and
- Cooperation and collaboration with conservation-focused organizations, such as California Trout, Trout Unlimited and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.
Justin Bubenik, Chair
Angling Survey Form and Instruction
(Print form in landscape mode!)
In addition to HR 2323, Rep. Judy Chu (27) has introduced another bill to protect areas in the Angeles National Forest. The bill, titled San Gabriel Mountains Forever, includes designating eligible SGR tributary streams as Wild and Scenic, but does not include the lower West Fork. Los Angeles County Department of Public Works continues to block WSR for the lower WF. Read about the bill here.
The San Gabriel Mountains Community Collaborative letter in response to the Interior Department review of National Monuments can be viewed here. PCC is a member of the Collaborative.
ACTION ALERT: Request a Senate companion bill to Rep. Chu’s San Gabriel National Monument expansion, AB 2323.
Rep. Judy Chu has resubmitted her Monument expansion and National Recreation Bill, AB 2323, which would, among other improvements, create parkland along the San Gabriel River corridor, to be managed by the National Park Service, similar to the Santa Monica Mountains area. She is doing this to put down a marker with Washington, to demonstrate that those supporting conservation of our local recreation resources are not giving up or giving in. A companion Senate bill would strengthen the argument in favor.
Go here to submit your support by email.
To submit comments about the federal review of National Monuments, use this government page.
7-14-2018 The PCC Conservation Committee has orchestrated a clean-up on the Kern River in conjunction with the Kern River Conservancy and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. More details to come, but please contact Justin Bubenik here with any questions or to donate.
2-10-2018 PCC members Tom Lynn, Dave Bird and John Tobin joined in the 4th annual lower Owens River cleanup. Organized by member and guide Chris Leonard and sponsored by the California Waterfowl Association, TU, CalTrout, local guides and businesses, this year had over 70 participants including area residents and fly fishers from San Diego to San Luis Obispo.
12-23-2017 Submitted formal PCC comments on East Fork recreation infrastructure project to Angeles National Forest by email and hard copy. View the document here.
12-05-17 Attended the Forest Service Public Meeting on the EIS/EIR of the East Fork recreation infrastructure project (the "Cattle Canyon" project). Comment period runs 'til Dec. 26. We will comment on the need for a better water quality testing element in the plan, among other issues. Interacted with several of the principal ANF staff involved with the project. We will mobilize members to review the draft and submit comments online at East Fork project. There see Comment link on right of page for email information.
11-30-17: Participated in SGM Community Collaborative meeting; member of Conservation Education subcommittee. Committee's goal is to advise and work with ANF's new Partnership Coordinator, Fabian Garcia, to develop the SGM National Monument conservation education program. ANF is hiring a person who will be the Conservation Education coordinator for the Monument.
September, October, 2017
Mobilized comment and support letters from members on several issues, including the federal review of national monuments, threats to the Clean Water Act, the Klamath dam FERC issue, power dredge mining, Rep. Chu's pending SGM-related and WSR bills, and others.
08-22-17: We submitted a guest commentary to the Pasadena Star News about the possible threat to the integrity of the SGM National Monument posed by the federal monuments review. Although our full commentary was not published, a good article, including salient parts of our submission, was written by Larry Wilson and ran. See the article here.
08-10-17: California Trout honored us with a Streamkeeper award, in recognition of PCC's 70th anniversary and our shared history of conservation.
07-10-17: PCC and CDFW Wild Trout Program organized and carried out a fish survey of the lower West Fork SGR. Kudos to PCC's Jim Bading and CDFW's Jennifer O'Brien, Matt Lucero, and Jennifer Pareti. 10 PCC anglers fished 5 pre-selected half-mile sections, and were followed by snorkeling and habitat data crews from CDFW and FRVC. Our report will be in the August Fish Tales, and the CDFW official report will be available sometime later. Sneak preview: 60 fish were caught and measured, up to 13 inches, with a good age distribution. Significantly better than in 2015!
06-25-17: Letter sent to Kern County Board of Supervisors in support of maintaining boundaries of Giant Sequoia National Monument and in opposition to the potential increase in timber harvest. View the Sequoia letter here.
06-22-17: Participated in SGM Comm. Collaborative review and planning meeting with SGM Monument leadership team at ANF HQ. Brainstorming and prioritizing of project ideas for the ANF 2018 Program Of Work. The Monument Management plan will come out in early September, followed by a 45-day Objection period.
Arrangements are being made for a fish survey of the West Fork SGR with CDFW Region 5 biologists. Tentative date is Monday, July 10. LA DPW indicates that, because of the level of water in Cogswell rsv., summer releases for downstream water holders should be anticipated, which will help our survey. We will need about 12 anglers, so mark your calendar. For more information, contact Jim Bading at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SGM National Monument news:
At this month’s Community Collaborative meeting, Monument Supervisor Jeffrey Vail announced that the release of the monument management plan will be delayed beyond the anticipated date of June 2, 2017. He said that it will not be released until he is satisfied with it, and the delay may be as much as 60 to 90 days.
At the same meeting, FRVC's Bill Reeves and John Tobin got the support of Deputy Monument Supervisor Adrienne Dunfee to pursue improved Wild Trout fishing regulation signage for the West Fork parking areas and stream banks. Dunfee will help us navigate the ANF bureaucracy. Update: FRVC's ED, Tom Walsh has been in touch with relevant CDFW staff and will take the lead on this effort.
PCC member and Mammoth Lakes resident and guide Chris Leonard organized the successful lower Owens cleanup again this year, held on the morning of February 11. About 30 people participated. (Not all are pictured in the group photo below). Participants included fly fishers, hunters, hikers, local residents, and a family from Altadena doing a school-sponsored community serviced project. Sponsored by the California Waterfowl Association, TU, CalTrout, SWCIFF, guides, and local eastern Sierra businesses, riverside trash was collected from below Pleasant Valley reservoir all the way down to Bishop.
Cleanup Group 2017 and Chris Leonard
Submitted PCC comment letter (Jan. 26) about permitting suction dredge mining on California rivers and streams to the State Water Resources Control Board. Suction Dredge Mining Comment letter
Attended State Water Resources Control Board workshop (Jan. 18) concerning potential actions to permit currently banned suction dredge mining on California streams and rivers. PCC opposes harmful suction dredge mining. The Water Control Board is accepting public comments until February 28. Comments can be submitted online until Feb. 28 at Friends of the River.
We have submitted our Comment letter about the East Fork project (Cattle Canyon Improvements Project). You can view it here. TheSGMNM Community Collaborative comment letter and plan markup doc has been submitted to the Angeles National Forest. It can be viewed here. PCC, TU, & FRVC participated in its development and drafting. For more info, contact John Tobin.
Member Gary Ananian, ED of Kern RiverConservancy, joined Tom Walsh of RVC and the Trash Free Earth group in the Nov. 11 East Fork cleanup. See PCC Facebook page for more pictures.
Trash Free Earth Group Gary Ananian, TFE volunteer & Tom Walsh
Our PCC Comment Letter on the SGM National Monument draft plan has been submitted to the Forest Service.
View it here.
The Comment period runs until Nov. 1, 2016. We have prepared some short talking points here. which you can use
in considering your comments.
The complete draft chapters of the S. G. M. National Monument Management Plan and Environmental Assessment can be read here
. Submit your comments online; see the links on the Forest Service page.
Member Tom Smith helped with diploid fish stocking of Hot Creek.
John Tobin, Consrv. Cmt., helped with electro-fishing survey of Mammoth Creek. This picture shows a section closed with nets for the survey.
Participated with TU and stakeholders in Community Collaborative meeting about Monument planning. Met with ANF Environment Coordinator and ANF biologists to discuss fishery issues and Monument management planning.
See PCC April e-newslettere for details.
Published article about SGR tribs in the Pasadena Star News and other LA News Group outlets. Distributed a letter for publication, Trout Streams Left Out, encouraging people to contact the forest service expressing concern that the streams are not being explicitly included in the management plan. Aided in this effort by LA River Flyfishing.com, and the South Coast chapter of Trout Unlimited.
PCC and FRVC applied and were added to the S. G.Mountains Community Collaborative We will work with other stakeholders to influence the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument plan to insure that the trout streams and riparian habitat are properly included in the process.
Participated in Lower Owens Cleanup, organized by PCC member Chris Leonard.
Eastern Sierra Developed reporting forms with CDFW Wild Trout Program Wild Trout areas for members to use in recording catch for data collection.
LET US REPORT YOUR WILD TROUT CATCH TO CALIFORNIA FISH & WILDLIFE
Have you recently fished on Wild Trout Water in California or are you planning to do so in the near future?
If so, download a copy of the Angler Survey Form, complete it when you can, and follow the instructions to send it to PCC.
Download the form (landscape) and instruction here:
Angling Survey Form and Instruction
Check here for a list of Wild Trout waters:
Wild & Heritage Trout Waters
West Fork SG River Renewed advocacy effort for Wild & Scenic River designation of lower West Fork;
letters to Rep. Chu and others.
West Fork Advocates 2015 PCC Rep. Chu ltr 2015
SGM Nat. Monument Liaison with TU’s Ca. Field Coordinator about NM
management planning, and Prop 1 watershed
restoration grant proposals.
May 2, 2015
West Fork SG River: Performed fish survey of wild trout-managed section with CDFW Wild Trout Program science staff.
(See the final Report here.)
June 22, 2015
SGM Nat. Monument: Attended Forest Service Open House to advocate for SG tributaries. Met with new Forest Supv. Jeffrey Vai, Deputy Thornton, and other managers. Submitted PCC NM Management Planning comments.Liaison with TU on SGMNM.
See TU So Cal and E. Sierra Projects
SGM Nat. Monument: Signed TU's SGM NM group letter..
West Fork San Gabriel River
Throughout the summer of 2014 the Committee, working with other groups, campaigned to have Representative Judy Chu include Wild and Scenic River legislation in her San Gabriel River National Recreation Area bill, HR 4858. After that bill was dropped, ultimately to be replaced by the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument declaration, we continued to seek support for legislation for W & SR designation for the entire West Fork.
During this process we developed good working relationships with key people in various organizations, including CalTrout, Friends of the River, Trout Unlimited, the Southwest Council of IFFF, Fisheries Resource Volunteer Corps, and others. We continue to meet and communicate with these groups to develop strategy to achieve the goal of greater protection for the West Fork. For more details about these issues and our efforts, see the linked documents below.
November 3, 6, 2014
Conducted habitat survey of wild trout managed section with CDFW at the West Fork, SG River.