The Trinity River in Northern California is known for good numbers of smaller steelies that typically run 6-7 pounds, but it can pump out much bigger ones now and then…like this 31-incher Tom McCoy of Walnut Creek hooked while flyfishing with an egg pattern.
McCoy’s buddy, Brad Harrington guessed it at around 15 pounds. “The fish was easily the biggest steelhead I’ve seen pulled out of the Trinity,” said Harrington. “We thought it was a big Chinook at first and were shocked when it went on a big run and showed it’s color.”
For his efforts, Tom is entered into our Hawg of the Month Contest and has a chance to win some Pautzke’s headgear and, maybe just maybe, a trip for two with guide Bill “Swanny” Swann of Swanny’s Fishing.