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I spoke with Bill and Caryl Dickens (Gold Coast Shuttle Service) today regarding shuttles below Junction City. There is still one-way traffic control in place from Junction City to Big Flat, so they are only able to complete a limited number of shuttles below J.C.  This is due to road construction to repair the burned timbers that retained the roadway and hillside at Screech (Lime Point).  The construction should be completed next week (20th), so the traffic controls will be lifted and they will have no restrictions on shuttles down to Pigeon Point.  The extended forecast is calling for rain and showers begining Thursday - this is very good news.  Now is the time to book your fall and winter steelhead trips on the Trinity!
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Bob with a beutiful wild hen from last season.
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Tommy with really nice hatchery fish from last season.
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Peter Santley has been on the Trinity this past week.  Here is a report:

"Trinity fishing has been good at times, slow at times typical steelhead fishing.  
We have been getting fish both swinging and nymphing. Some real hot fish! Good mix of large smolt and half pounders too.  A mix of hatchery and wild fish. We've had some egg bite action below spawning salmon for some exciting fishing hooking fish in less than 2 feet of water.  Boat traffic has been light so far. 
Highway 299 is restricted to one lane traffic from JC Campground down."

 

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Had a great day with Brad from San Jose today on the Trinity. We did the float from Hawkins Bar down to Willow Creek. We started off skating flies hoping to find a player early on. Switching to an intermediate tip and soft hackle paid off when Brad came tight to a fish in the second run of the day; A nice half pounder that ended up giving us the fin. 

We saw good numbers of adult fish from the boat, but never ended up bringing one to the fly. I will say this, there are some big fish making their way up the Trinity right now. An encouraging sight to see. We rounded out the float with Brad going 3/3 on half pounders in the last (best) run of the day. 

The Trinity isn't on fire yet, but she's warming up.  

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Fish on.......fish off
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The Miracle Mile
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First sun on the water.
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Brad swings the shadow run in the canyon
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Things are starting picking up on the Trinity. Make sure to check road conditions before you head up there, lots of road stops. 
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Brian w his first fish ever on a fly rod!
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Here are a couple photos from Peter Santley's trip on the Trinity River yesterday.  Peter says steelhead fishing is good and that the river has changed a lot since last season.  Nice fish Jeff!
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Jeff with a Trinity steelhead
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fish on!
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I'm on the eve of heading north to Alaska for what promises to be an adventuruous summer of guiding and backpacking, but before I go, I wanted to share some flies and thoughts for targeting Trinity River Steelhead. 

Every summer we all have to hold our breath in anticipation of the first returning summer run fish who make their way to the Trinity by way of the Klamath. There are fish in the river all year long, but it usually isn't until some time in mid-August that they start to show up on the Trinity en mass. By October the river is loaded from top to bottom. During this time finding water that hasn't been pressured can become as difficult a task as bringing one of these storied fish to hand. While most guides prefer to focus on the upper river, my favorite beats are mainly between Hawkins Bar and Willow Creek. I like this stretch for two reasons:

1) It doesn't get anywhere near the amount of pressure that the upper river does.

2) It offers the perfect venue for presenting a swung fly to Trinity River steelhead. 

This river, and specifically this stretch of river, offers one of the best places in the lower 48 to find success fishing a traditional down and across method with a classic pattern tied onto the end of your leader. To borrow a well worn phrase, these fish come to the fly well. Grabs are explosive, on or near the surface, usually accompanied by an acrobatic display that'll leave you grinning ear to ear.  Coupled with mild weather and the beautiful backdrop of fall, come October, there is no place I would rather be then on the Trinity. 

 A quick word on tackle. For swinging flies on the lower Trinity a scandi line with an assortment of floating versi leaders will get the job done 9 times out of 10. There are times when I like to fish an intermediate tip, especially if the sun is high on the water.  3x tippet or 8 pound Maxima Ultragreen is as light as I'll go (I had to learn that lesson the hard way). To bring a Skagit head or not? Sometimes the afternoon thermals will make you wish you had, especially earlier in the season when the mid day temps can climb into the 90's and the fish are in the dumps. Rods. A 7wt in my opinion is too much rod for 90% of the fish you're likely to catch on the Trinity. A 5wt spey up to 12'6 ft is perfect. Switch rods ranging from a 4wt to a 6wt are perfectly suited to TR Steelhead. 

Now, A few flies for your consideration. Part of what makes this fishery so unique is that these steelhead really love eating flies. They aren't particularily choosy either. This gives the angler a unique opportunity to fish different methods and try flies that normally would stay in the box. For me, there is nothing more exciting than trying to entice a surface grab on a waked or skated fly. The Trinity also presents the angler with the perfect venue to fish the timeless patterns that make fly fishing for steelhead such a unique sport. Tie on a Silver Hilton, a Royal Coachman, or a Greaseliner and never think twice about your fly. 

I'll be back from AK just in time for the Trinity to really start heating up towards the end of September. I offer both walk/wade and float trips out of a 13 ft raft.    

Looking forward to getting on the water with you!

 

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The Copper Coachman. When sun's on the water, throw copper
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A simple feather wing for early and late in the day
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The Peacock Hilton. A variation of the timeless classic.
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Bretts Klamath Skater. For toilet bowl flush grabs on the surface
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Soft Hackles, the bread and butter of the Trinity
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A traditional Spey Fly. Nothing says classic like a feather wing.
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A hidden gem deep in the Trinity River drainage.
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The steelhead season on the Trinity is still going on believe it or not with minimal pressure. The river is in great shape actually; flows and water clarity are ripe but it's been tough. With limited opportunities it's essential to be quick at those hooks-sets and never assume it's a rock! 

I feel like Paul Ryan with his sleeves rolled up when I start posting river flow charts, nonetheless the lower Sac is starting to settle down. With these higher flows it opens up a lot new water and opportunities to catch fish.  Tight lines. 


Sam R. 
(530)722-5994





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Trinity River is fishable D.C. /J.C.
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Lower Sac - it's time!
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Well the Steelhead Season is starting to wind down here on the Trinity. It's been a challenging Season this year on the Trin, between, at what seemed like at times non-stop rain and snow to low fish counts. The one thing this Season has reconfirmed is that like many other things in Nature, Steelhead fishing is cyclical, it has it's high points and low points, having said that some of my clients had outstanding days on the river, right place, right time, nothing that could be predicted other then putting in the time and dedication to the sport.

As one Steelhead Season comes to a close another one is just around the corner, not too early to start planning a Steelhead trip to the Lower Klamath ! The Summer Run starts to show in the Lower Klamath in July, I will be focusing my time guiding there in Septemeber and October when the run typically starts to thicken and the crowds start to thin. I use my jet boat to access some of the best swing water in the Lower 48, we use Spey rods and Classic Swing tactics to target these Crome Bright Steelhead, we usually encounter a mix of adults and 1/2 pounders, Hatchery and Wild ! Mild weather and Beautiful suroundings, just hard to beat ! 

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Had the pleasure of guiding Dave from Napa on the Trinity. Despite being on the slow side, Dave landed a wild adult. 
The weather has been all over the place lately so dress accordingly! 


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Dave with a wild adult
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We fished hard today and were fortunate enough to land one nice hatchery adult and several half-pounders.  We hooked into a second smaller adult, but as they say - easy come, easy go.
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 The fishing is slowing down, but there are still some very nice fish in the system.  The flows are steadily dropping and the color is ideal, but there is another storm forecast for this weekend.  We landed one fresh wild fish and a few half-pounders today.
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Bob with a beautiful wild fish!
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There are still some fresh wild steelhead to be found on the Trinity River.  We hooked into 3 today plus a few trout.  The water is high but the color is perfect.  There was a great march brown hatch today but I didn't see any trout poking their heads up.
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George with a nice wild buck
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John with another wild one
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One of our guests is looking for a fishing buddy to split a Trinity River steelhead trip on February 28th.  This would be a nymph/indicator trip with Brian Kohlman.  The rate to join this trip would be $237.50.  The trip includes all gear, flies, lunch, and shuttle. 
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Randy and I spent the last couple of days guiding guests John, Barrett & Dean.  We had the river to ourselves most of the time and enjoyed some better-than-expected weather.  Everyone landed adult fish and Dean hooked one that was one of the biggest Trinity fish we've ever seen!  We're catching fresh winter-run fish right now with just an occasional downstreamer in the mix.  The river was starting to color up a little bit this afternoon - stay tuned for current river conditions.
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John with a nice one
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Dean at the end of day one
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The Trinity continues to fish fairly consistantly for Winter Run Steelhead, most of the fish that I have encountered over the past week and a half have been in the 3-8 lb class, a mix of wild and hatchery with the vast majotity being wild. Some days we hook 4-6 somedays we get spanked, been averaging about one fish per angler per day. which I think is to be expected when fishing for Winter Steelhead. The Great news is that a fair number of fish that have been landed lately by my clients have come on the Swing !

Tight Lines !

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The fish aren't jumping into the boat right now, but there are fish to be caught on the Trinity River.  I spent the last two days with clients Dan and Pete.  We solved most of the worlds problems and managed to land three nice adult fish while we were at it.  We also landed a nice brown and a rainbow.  The best fish was Pete's 8# hatchery fish this morning.  The river is in great shape, albeit pretty high down around Junction City.  Traffic is a little heavy on the upper floats.  The water clarity is excellent - almost too clear.  Snowmelt runoff is pouring in from every tiny creek and the scenery is amazing right now.
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Masked Man Pete
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Dan
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Here is a photo from Peter Santley's trip with guest George today.  They landed a couple of adult steelhead today.
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Fished the Trinity for 3 days with two different sets of clients.   Fished from Steelbridge to Pigeon Point.   Averaged about 3 hookups per day with most guides reporting similar numbers.   We lost several large fish over those three days, but the pursuit was a lot of fun.  The fish are in and they're selective.  River was blowing out even above Weaver Creek on Wednesday, 1/18.  If you're fishing the Trinity tomorrow (1/19), may the force be with you.... 
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River conditions were great today on the Trinity.  I guided Luke from Red Bluff and Eric from Redding.  We covered a lot of water and managed to find them both a nice big wild fish.  Luke also landed a few smaller fish.  We had a lot of fun and had the river pretty much to ourselves.
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Luke's big fish of the day
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Eric landed this one after a lengthy battle
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Once the Trinity setlled down from a giant churning froth of mud and debris I wondered whether there would be any Steelhead around or if they all boogied up into there natal tribs, well the good news is there are quite a few fresh, wild winter run fish the came up under the high water conditions, most are in the 2 -5 lb range but the 1st fish of the day yesterday was a beautiful wild buck in excess of 10lbs. The wheather forecast is wild as well so make a break for it when things settle down for a day or two.
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picture does not serve justice to this beautiful speciman
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