Peninsula Fly Fishers

Trinity River (Solo) Fishout

by Rocky Ferraro

August 2005

Trinity River
The Scenic Trinity River Fly-Only Water

On a warm summer morning I headed up I80 on my way to a long-anticipated fishout. The first thing I encountered was a huge traffic Jam at 4:30 AM? "Hopefully," I mused, "this was not an omen!"

I have never fished the Trinity River, but thanks to the PFF members I was already armed with enough knowledge to do well. After all the traffic delays, I finally got to the river at 9:30AM. The first thing I noticed was huge salmon leaping out of the water after flies, Wow! Then again another!

The rest of the gang was not due to arrive for a while later, so why not, I went fishing. Since I was fishing a new piece of water, I decided to explore for a while. I saw a few fish being caught from a small pram, so I continued casting but the river was running high and fast in this section and I could not get out to where I wanted to be. I hiked down the river a ways and ran into someone that was catching fish. He had a good spot for short line nymphing, and although the river was generally a bit high and fast, there were still many spots to fish if you could get a cast out to them. I tried a small Copper John as a dropper and presto I had a fish on. It was a bit on the small side but a fish is a fish.

Trinity Rainbow 1
A Fish is a Fish

After a couple of hours of fishing, I went to search for Mike and Roger but I couldn't find them. I said to myself, "Did that traffic jam get worse as the morning progressed?" I had lunch and continued to fish on a different section above the second bridge towards the hatchery. I found a nice trail and followed it to the river. On one hand, the trail gave me access to many points along the river. On the other hand, it was loaded with those nasty, thorny blackberry vines. [Mike always carries a small pair of branch clippers for this reason when he fishes this part of the Trinity. – Ed.]

Trinity Rainbow 2
Soft hackles produce again

I finally found a great pool that I could wade out to with my walking stick and had a reasonable amount of room for a back cast. As you can probably tell by this point I was tired of roll casting and my fly selection was becoming slightly diminished. From my suggested reading and PFFer advice, I decided to tie on a couple of soft hackles and do the wet fly swing. This worked like a charm. I immediately started to hook into fish. By the end of the day I had plucked 10+ 12"-14" trout from this single pool - all beautifully colored rainbows. It was true, according to what I had read, that the hook set had to be mild when using the wet fly swing. I left this spot and went exploring both catching and losing trout the rest of the day until almost dark. By 8:30 PM I was beat and satisfied with all the action I had that day. I never ran into Mike or Roger but I did see Mike's truck just before leaving. These trout really know how to fight; they seem to be on an oxygen high.

– Rocky Ferraro

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