Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Sagami Bay area, Japan
Great report! Trinity used to be one of my favorite to spend days chasing the fall run, usually Aug - Nov. I like the lower stretches of the river, downstream of where the South Fork joins the main stem, as I only swing wets and dries when going after the steelies. There are many runs that are suitable for Spey casting and swinging flies down there.
As you found out, it's a popular river among gear fishers. Especially if you fish popular runs where the fish tend to pile up, you would find lots of companions blasting lures and flies-on-floating-weight right next to you, even if you get to the run first. I was really annoyed at first, but sort of got used to it, since they just do not understand that we like to have lots of space. They were usually friendly and were trying to avoid hooking my fly line as best they could. So, once I got used to it, I began walking into the crowd of gear fishers in my favorite runs, and did my own thing among them. They were usually nice and gave me space to fish among them (and even cheered and took photos of me holding a fish when I caught one!) So, if you can, try to have a bit different mind-set when you fish the Trinity. Back then, I mostly fished with a single-hander, since my only double-hander was a 14' 9wt which was way too powerful to enjoy the Trinity fish. I would say that you would probably do very well in the lower stretches with a 11' to 13' 5/6/7wt, using a Scandi head system.