FROSTY FINGERS AND POPSICLE TOES (Cold Comfort Pursuit)

Just another Trinity local wading into the lineup

Some bright smaller adults, possibly reflecting winter stocks, have recently been appearing

For the past week a dominating dry and cold high pressure system has dramatically changed Trinity River steelhead fishing. Dropping water temps (40-42 degrees) and low flows have slowed fish movements as well as the “Grab.” Unfortunately this weather pattern is forecasted for another week, possibly longer.

There are some positive glimmers. Current conditions have thinned out angling pressure and those willing to endure should have little problem finding open water. Mid-day, peak air and water temps, anglers are scoring the occasional adult targeting slower velocity waters dredging slow and deep. Mr. Pimp, the Rock and dead drifted Breadcrusts have been the go-to patterns for traditional fishing. Nymphing with Golden Stones, Robo Nymphs, Diablos, Prince Diamonds, Cream Dreams and the wire nymph family (copper-red-blue-char) have also yielded occasional success on long leaders and light tippits. A great change of pace, and despite cold water temps, brief mid-day Blue Wing Olives (#18-16) and burps of Callibaetis (#14-12) hatches have surprisingly inspired some half-pounders and small adults to selectively feed in the upper water columns. Great change of pace from the wet fly blind faith approach and helps fuel the dry fly stoke.

Short but sweet, some brief mid-day hatches have been inspiring fish of this nature to rise on small dries, angler Steve Findley keyed in as well

Until we receive rain, to warm water temps and motivate fish movements, you can expect challenging conditions and fishing. Keep in mind; we are only halfway through the steelhead seasons with plenty of opportunities yet to come. Fall runs have peaked and winter runs are slowly filtering through the lower system and should throttle our way with the next wet pattern and flush. Until then keep in tune with your tackle, eye on the weather, and stoke for the holidays. We thank you all for your loyal support—Peace on Earth!

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