|Beautiful North Coast|
Its been a long time since I've been to the northern coast and it was exciting for both of us. We hiked the trails in the park to tidepools and watched some gnarly waves crash against the huge rocks. We saw a huge variety of wildlife I had ever seen in one trip including rabbits, bears, seals, ocean critters, salmon, elk, and deer.
|The Scenic Northern Coast|
|Climbing a Giant Redwood|
On the way home we stopped at several spots for me to fish. We drove and worked our way upstream from the lower part of the river near Willow Creek close to the top of Douglas City. I learned several things about this river:
1. You cannot make it a day trip.
This river requires that you fish it at least two days in order to be successful. There is a lot of water to cover. The big fish are there but they are aren't going to be easy to find.
2. You need to have a planned strategy.
The geography of the river changes from the lower, middle, and upper reaches. This means different bugs and techniques need to be planned ahead of time to minimize time spend figuring out where the fish are and what they are eating.
3. It is a big river.
Although it is very accessible, the river is long, deep, and wide in various areas. You need to think safety first because no fish is worth your life.
4. You need a switch or spey rod.
Again, there is a lot of water on this river. Unless your fishing from a drift boat, its going to be difficult getting to areas and covering water where the fish are holding with just a single hand rod. Its still do-able but your doing to do much better if you can cast and present your flies further.
I caught my first around Big Rock. It was a nice skinny half-pounder that put a nice bend in my rod. We stopped around several places but I wouldn't see my next fish until we fished around the North Fork of the Trinity. It was just a 12'' native that decided it was hungry.
|Trinity River Half Pounder|
Thank god for fly rod lifetime warranties.
Guess its time to finish setting up and using that switch rod I bought until my rod is repaired.