Good—More than just symptoms of an early fall. Fall colors are popping, air and H20 temperatures are dropping and enticing lead fall salmon and steelhead into the system. Fall Chinook runs are in full force in the Klamath and strong numbers are just now showing in the lower Trinity. Fresh schools have already reached Willow Creek and heading full steam up the gorge. Lead fish are much larger than average years with some tackle busters pressing over 30 lbs…Beef up those tippits!
Both half pounders and steelhead are also making a showing and providing quality action for those devoting time and effort. Fish are scattered Weitchpec up through Willow Creek. Action is rated fair to good; typical early season hit or miss outings with some lead “native” adults pressing over 9 lbs… Recently Oregon angler Tristan Mihan fished with Kit and skated up his very first fly caught steelhead. The steelie rose three times on the initial presentation before finally taking it solid with an illuminated slashing push of water. Leaving Tristan dazed and stoked for life. Yes Ma, they do rise to dries—you have to believe, commit and fish’em…
Bad-For the past few weeks early season anglers, targeting the upper river; Junction City up to Bucktail, have experienced turbid water conditions. Some days the river is simply unfishable. We have had a number of calls and visiting anglers dropping by the shop inquiring as to why the river is colored. The answer is there is a major series of dozer and earth moving equipment removing streamside riparian vegetation, digging side channels, performing various in stream channel manipulations, bank alternations (“feather edging”) as well as gravel placement and “injections” six days a week sun up to sun down. Sundays the river flows clear. How long will this all last? Good Question. Possibly contacting the Trinity River Restoration Project (Weaverville) directly could shed some light. (T.R.R.P. —530-623-1806).