Peninsula Fly Fishers

Workshop - Trout Round Table - Fly Tying, Rod Building

  • July 07, 2011
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • HCC

Mike McGuire's annual Trinity River fishout will be the theme for this months Workshop.  This can be easy fishing (or not) but it sure helps to have the right flies and set-up.

Fly Tying - Mike McGuire and Harold Patterson teach beginning, intermediate and advanced fly tying.  If you have been thinking about learning to tie flies drop by and get some hands on experience.  For more accomplished tiers the workshop is a great place to learn some new techniques

Rod Building - Doug Weber, our resident expert when it comes to rod building, runs a rod building clinic that will take you from selecting the right blank to finishing the wraps.  Doug can help you build your first rod or work with your to create a masterpiece. 

Round table Notes - Trinity River - Fishing

Flows begin to drop to fishable levels by mid July on the Trinity River. At this time there are a handful of steelhead still around in the Fly Fishing Only Section just below Lewiston Dam, as well as healthy numbers of immature steelhead smolt ranging from 8-14 inches and a few half-pounder steelhead from 16-20 inches. There’s a lot of great wade access near the town of Lewiston, and these aggressive fish will take swung flies, nymphs, egg patterns, even dry flies.


1.    3 to 6wt rods with floating line will serve you well.

2.    Tapered 9 ft. leader down to 5x – if you are going for larger fish in the deep holes you should be fishing 3 or 4x.

Miscellaneous Tackle Suggestions:

  1. Split Shot (BB, AB, AAA) 
  2. Indicators:   Thingamabobbers seem to be the big thing last year – you might also try one of Wier’s Hoppenator.

Other items to consider bringing are:

*Hat or Cap – July can be very hot!  *Polarized Sunglasses *water – you will be out there a long time  *Camera (in waterproof container so you can include a picture with your fish report.

Trinity River Flies (for nymphing):

The most productive flies for fishing on the Trinity River can change throughout the season, and sometimes what works one year doesn’t work as well the next. Listed below are some general fly pattern suggestions, based on a few of the fly patterns that have worked consistently over the years. For the most up-to-date fly suggestions,  call the Fly Shop at 800-669-3474. 


#8 Red Fox Squirrel

#8 -12 Mercer’s Poxyback Golden Stone Nymph

#8-12 Solitude TB Golden Stone

#6 Pat's Rubberlegs (Jimmy Legs) (Brown/Black)

#8-12 Mercer's Beaded Poxyback Hares Ear

#12 Prince-of-Diamonds (Tan)

#14 -18 Copper John (Red and Original)

#12-14 B.H. Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph

#14 GB Mercer’s Poxyback PMD

#14 B.H. Mercer's CB Micro Mayflies (Olive, Brown, Black)

#12-14 Beaded Soft hackle

Parking – just before you cross the bridge leaving Lewiston going north take the gravel road that leads up to the hatchery.  A couple of hundred yards up the road you will see a small parking area (down a dirt road to the left. 


For the most part this is nymph fishing.  The basic set-up is a 2 fly rig with an indicator.   Cast upstream and drift down through the various holes and other likely holding places.

That said, a fun alternative is swinging a soft hackle. Cast straight across stream in slow water, or at more of an angle (up to 60 degrees) in faster water. Mend upstream or downstream so that the fly moves across the river at about the same speed it moves down the river. Let the fly swing until it is directly below you, then let it hang there for a few seconds before casting again.Throughout your fly's drift, watch the water in the vicinity of the fly. You are looking for a bulge in the water, or a dorsal fin that breaks the surface. Don't strike! Fish will usually hook themselves. When this happens, swing the rod towards the bank. This helps to pull the hook into the corner of the trout's jaw, which is a more secure place to hook a fish.

To cover the water, cast a short line first, and lengthen each cast by two or three feet. When you reach the limit of your casting, take a step or two downstream and cast again with the same length of line.

This presentation works well with Soft Hackle flies, sculpin and baitfishpatterns, and several types of swimming or egg-laying mayflies.

Alternate - Deep Wet Fly Swing

This presentation is useful when you're fishing to large, predatory trout that are lying under an undercut bank, as big brown trout are fond of doing.  If the normal wet fly swing isn't getting deep enough, switch to a sink-tip line and a heavily-weighted fly. Cast upstream of the suspected lie and let the fly swing across. Slack line needs to be carefully managed: you need to keep contact with the fly, but you also need to feed just enough line so the fly will sink and drift into the hole.

While most club member work the area between the dam and the parking area, it is possible to fish all the way through town.

Caution, the Trinity can be fast and there are a lot of holes.  Make sure you wade carefully – staff’s are recommended and a PDF is never a bad idea.

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