Mount Shasta Paranormal
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Fall River & Golden Gate Park
Trinity Blown out?!?
I fished the Trinity this 4 days past and water levels had been reduced from earlier in the week to a very fishable 450 cfs at Lewiston. River was in great shape and while the steelies were scarce there were plenty of browns interupting the swing of my steelhead coachman.
We floated Poker to Indian Thursday, Sky Ranch to Pidgeon Friday and had a few grabs, plucks etc to show for our efforts. We saw a few fish roll and I scared the hell out of a few steelhead holding in very skinny water hanging "trout like" midstream behind rocks as we floated past. (Salmon were being landed by conventional fishers)
Saturday we put in at the Old Bridge at Lewiston (planning to float to steelbridge) and fished the first couple of runs downstream. About 9 am we came around a corner (where a gear guy was landing a salmon) and saw below us, heavy construction equipment on both sides of the banks, a yellow containment boom and hawsers stretched across the river. We shifted the spey rods to get them under the hawsers. As we floated under we could see a plume of mud running out from beneath the containment boom. My buddy said "that blows this trip" and he was right. Just downsteam another hundred yards, the river became so muddy we couldn't see 1/2 inch and in my wooden drift boat it soon became apparent that not only was our fishing trip screwed but my boat was in real danger of getting smashed up on submerged rocks we couldn't see.
We floated on down to the Bucktail access and pulled out where a good samaritan gave me a ride to the Trinity Fly Shop. I made some calls and had the truck/trailer shuttled to Poker Bar and Kit gave me a ride back to continue the float another mile. We passed disappointed fisherman along the way. By the time we pulled out out Poker Bar, the sludge had caught up with us blowing out the river towards steelbridge.
The culprit is the Trinity River Restoration Project. I know that this project is very political/controversial. No one we talked to on Saturday, from fly shops to the local DFG warden was aware that the project would be working on Saturday or that the work would be wrecking the river that day. A notice at the Lewiston put in would have been nice. In fact, the following day, there was a brand new sign posted there saying HEAVY CONSTRUCTION DOWNTREAM. They should have added - River Blown Out!
"Let us cross the river and rest under the shade of the trees" T.J. Jackson