Hey all. Long time no post. No longer up in Humboldt. Down here in wine country now. So we made the 5 1/2hr drive from Santa Rosa up to the Orleans area for some camping and fishing. Did really well same week last year. This year, not as many fish, but it definitely didn't suck. Got around 20 half-pounders (15-20"); a couple 20"+; and a 28" chromer hen that ripped off 100yds of line in the blink of an eye.
Water level was fine for wading (1600cfs at Orleans). Around Orleans it was a little green from the algae, but up a little higher (Green Riffle area) it was fine with water temps in the mid 60's I'd guess. Tons of salmon rolling and porpoising everywhere. Never really had to change flies.....#8 Copper Herniator was the ticket on the swing. Should only get better in the next few weeks as the temps cool and more fish move up past the Trinity confluence.