Short Film on L.A. River Fishing

September 26, 2010 § 4 Comments

Here’s an excellent recent short documentary about fishing in the Los Angeles River. It features Carmelo Gaeta, Camm Swift, Sabrina Drill, and Friends of the Los Angeles River’s Shelly Backlar. I especially enjoyed the footage of biologists Swift and Drill surveying fish species via seine netting technique.

There’s no credits listed, other than that the video was uploaded to vimeo by Megan McCarty. For more reading and images on this subject, also see  Creek Freak’s earlier piece Fish in the Los Angeles River  (one of our perennially popular articles) and these interviews at KCET’s Departures.

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§ 4 Responses to Short Film on L.A. River Fishing

  • Meghan McCarty says:

    Hey Joe,

    Thanks for posting my video. I did the piece as a USC Journalism grad student for a documentary program called “Impact.” It should be put up on the show site in it’s complete form with identifiers and color correction and all that good stuff soon. It would be great if you could relink once it’s up there. Glad you liked it!

    • Joe Linton says:

      Thanks for commenting and backgrounding the piece, Meghan!

      And great work on the video! Did you see it’s also up now at LAist and Green L.A. Girl (though I think we posted it earlier than they did!) It was a treat to see Camm and Sabrina showing off their technique and the small fish that they were catching! I was involved in the very early stages of FoLAR’s fish study, but didn’t get to be involved in the actual field work, so it was good to see.

      We’re happy to re-link and likely re-promote the piece. Let us know when the other version is up, if we don’t catch it.

  • Dan Zambrano says:

    Nice video piece. Grew up in Atwater and have been visiting the LA River since I was a kid. Watched the islands and sand bars form in the Glendale Narrows area and then watched the succession of plants take root on the islands over a forty year span. Actually kept several aquariums filled with fish that we pulled out of the river back in the late seventies (mostly bullhead cats, common goldfish and mosquito fish). Now I regularly make the drive up from O.C. to fly fish the river (yes, even though there are other places I could go). It is both a rewarding angling venture and a deeply nostalgic experience for me. Can still find landmarks I used as a kid. Would love to see a balanced management approach to the River – she ain’t perfect but she is ours.

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