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Trinity River: , by Luke Geraty: The Pursuit of Perfection: 3 stars

I've been steelheading for most of my life now, cutting my teeth as a child when I was living in Alaska. I remember when I was about ten years old fly fishing for king salmon on the Ninilchik River and hooking a random steelhead. Even though I was using a 10 wt fly rod, that fish gave me a run for my money and I knew that I wanted to catch more. Fast forward thirty years later and my love for these chrome rockets hasn't changed. 

Well yesterday I was on the Trinity with Brian Kohlman and some of Brian's long time guests. Group trips are really fun because while everyone has a chance to fish there's also a lot of friendly competition. These kind of trips are where relationships are formed or solidified. At least that's what it seems like from a guide's perspective and yesterday was no different. Anyway, you're probably less interested in the social and culture experiences of fishing trips, so I'll get back to my fishing report (Brian can share about his day). 

The water is running around 300cfs, very clear, and definitely fishy. We hooked two fish in the first proper "steelhead" run that we went through but both fish managed to shake off. I think we ended the day with about seven or eight hook ups, including one double (we only managed to land one of those fish). Most of the fish were half pounders, both the smaller ones to the "in-be-tweeners." In my opinion, every steelhead is special, whether small, medium, or large... but there's something really special about those wild adult fish. 

When we pulled over for lunch, Tommy told me he wanted to keep fishing a run that his father-in-law and brother-in-law had both just fished because he said he wanted to hook one right in front of them in the water they had already fished. He was kidding... but not really, ha ha! Well wouldn't you know that while we were all eating lunch, Tommy hooked a nice adult and after I put it in the net, we got a quick picture before returning that beautiful wild fish back to the water. It's steelhead time, so hit me up if you want to get out. These fish can change your life.

Brian Kohlman with his long time guest, Ted.
Brian Kohlman with his long time guest, Ted.
Steve did really well for his first Steelhead trip!
Steve did really well for his first Steelhead trip!
Tommy's beautiful adult.
Tommy's beautiful adult.
Tommy casting while Brian's raft floats in the back.
Tommy casting while Brian's raft floats in the back.
Zach making a few casts in the pursuit of perfection.
Zach making a few casts in the pursuit of perfection.
Next 10 open days for Luke Geraty: Jun 28, 29, 30, Jul 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
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