following advises given by some of you I have organised a 4 days trip in the Tinity river this first week of october 2012. I want to share my experience.
I have been fishing the section between the North Fork and Deloma.
The first day I discovered the best places to swing flies with a guide, I then fished by myself the 3 next days.
The fishing as well as the river and its surrounding have been great. The river bed is composed of a lot of rocks, a lot of places where steelhead can rest. In some parts, every inch of the pool can host its steelhead. It gives for very very interesting swing time...
I am used to fish some interesting rivers (Russia and North Norway) and I have to admit that not a lot of river have the pools the Trinity can have. The water speed and bed structure are in some places simply ideal... The water temperature is also just good. All the time cold enough to have fish in activity.
So, with all these good parameters, how went the fishing then? Not a pull during the 4 days... I just want to say that my fishing skills are not that bad in general and that I covered all the water quite easily. I am pretty sure that my flies were at the right speed at the right place... The first day with the guide gives me also this feeling.
It seems that I have been very unlucky. Some fish have been caught middle of september then no new run entered the river. I have meet few fishermen with a spey rod in hand. All had the same feeling. Very hard week. Some were "breaking the camp" 1 week earlier. They had spent 1 week and 2 days, fishing like crazy without a pull...
I forget to say that the river was full of spawning salmon. They were moving quite a lot in current and slower pools, perhaps not that good for steelhead trying to find a quite place. I don't really know if there is an impact there.
Anyway, I really enjoyed the trip. I should come back the exact same week next year. I should be more lucky. Catching an adult steelhead in these exceptionally clear and clean "greeny waters" has now became a dream. I want a fish from these waters!!!!!
I want to say thank you to the fishermen I met in the banks of the Trinity that gave advises to the French guy. If you are on this forum, please send me a message.
Hoops, forget to speak about what I have meet there (15 meters from me). You can look at that: http://youtu.be/7_Rgx6ZwT5I
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