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Trinity River Steelhead

California's Most Productive Steelhead Fishery
  • Trinity River Steelhead
    Trinity River Steelhead Typical Trinity River steelhead run 3-6 pounds, but there are plenty of big ones like this that come to the net each year. We have both wild and hatchery steelhead on the Trinity River.
  • Trinity Drift Boat Trips
    Drift Boat Trips Our most popular trip on the Trinity River is a drift boat trip. We typically float 3 to 10 miles in a day, fishing nymphs and egg patterns underneath indicators. This is a great way to hook multiple steelhead in a single day of fishing.
  • Trinity River Spey Rod Trips
    Trinity River Spey Trips The Trinity River is a great river for catching steelhead with your spey rod. All of our guides are accomplished spey casters and spey instructors. Mid-September through December are the best times to catch fish on your spey rod on the Trinity.
  • Trinity River Browns
    Trinity River Browns The Trinity River has a large population of wild brown trout. We catch these fish occasionally on nymphs, but the best time to get them is in the late winter and early spring months with dry flies.
  • Trinity River Green Drake
    Great hatches The Trinity River has excellent hatches throughout the season. Green drakes like this one hatch in March and April. Other good hatches include golden stones, PMDs, giant stoneflies, callibaetis, and march browns.
  • Trinity River Salmon
    Salmon on the Trinity The Trinity has runs of king and silver salmon. It is fairly common to hook salmon while fishing for steelhead. These powerful fish take long runs and are challenging to get into the net.
  • Trinity River Steelhead
    A Great Place for Beginners The Trinity River is a great place for your first steelhead trip. We typically use simply indicator nymphing techniques that beginners pick up quickly. While steelhead can be the fish of a thousand casts, that's rarely the case on the Trinity River.
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The Trinity River is one of the best places to hook into a steelhead in California. This is not only a beautiful place to fish, it's also one of the most productive steelhead rivers in the state. The steelies most commonly range from 4-10 lbs, but they can get even larger. They are strong fish that jump frequently when hooked. Many of the fish are wild. The Trinity has a good variety of water types. There are five different floats on the upper river, each with a slightly different character. There are runs that are perfect for indicator nymphing and riffles where swinging flies can be deadly.

Recent Trinity River Fishing Reports
11/20/17 by Drew Griffith: I had high expectations when I met Earl bright and early this past Saturday outside of the general store in Salyer. We were set to do a day float from Hawkins Bar down to the Salyer bridge, and with the Trinity on the drop after a big push of rain I was hoping we would find a fresh fish or two somewhere along the way. The night before had been cold, with temperatures hovering around freezing, so I felt confident in the bigger bugs and heavy chunk of T-14 we were throwing. We spotted a few steelies holding in a tailout behind dark Chinook but couldn't get one to commit. Earl finished strong with an end of the day half pounder that was as bright as bright could be, but he gave us the fin when we got him to the bank and slipped off the line. I was surprised to see few fish in the lower river after such a healthy amount of rain. November is usually when the first larger winter runs start to make an appearance, but all of our efforts to find a big adult went unanswered. In the end it was still a beautiful day to be out on the water. Right now all rivers on the North Coast are on the rise and blown out. When they drop in it'll be game on for the first hopes of swinging up a coastal chromer. Get your game face on, the shows about to begin.  
11/17/17 by Brian Kohlman: My second day with the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers was even better than yesterday.  It was a cold morning and VERY crowded on my float.  We took our time and hooked three fish right at the put-in.  Fishing remained consistent for the first half of the day, but slowed down after lunch.  We started with a very good landing percentage - but then the wheels kinda fell off.  All in all, Rich and George had an outstanding day hooking nine adults and landing three.  
11/16/17 by Brian Kohlman: The Diablo Valley Fly Fishers are here and I had the pleasure of guiding Rob and Rich.  We received a fair amount of rain yesterday, so the flows have come up a little more and the color is ideal.  We did well today.  The river was crowded, so finding water is the challenge.  Rich started the day by landing a nice hatchery male.  Within a few minutes, Rob followed up landing two more nice hatchery fish and then ended up on the losing end after a brief encounter.  The extended forecast is calling for a few nice days, but then we have another system moving in that looks to bring some significant rainfall early next week.
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Trinity River Guide Availability
Nov 23: Drew Griffith
Nov 24: Sam Robinett
Nov 25: Brian Kohlman
Nov 25: Sam Robinett
Nov 26: Sam Robinett
Nov 27: Randy Hamann
Nov 27: Sam Robinett
Nov 28: Sam Robinett
Nov 28: Tyler Lee
Nov 29: Sam Robinett
Nov 29: Tyler Lee
Nov 30: Randy Hamann
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Rates for Trinity River Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Full-day trips are $475 for one or two anglers. These rates include rods and reels, flies and other terminal tackle, and lunch. A shuttle is also included, which means you won't need to use your vehicle to assist with the shuttle.
A note about shuttles: Shuttle service is highly reliable on the Trinity. Our guides can almost always arrange a shuttle for float trips in the Lewiston, Douglas City, and Junction City areas. Please be aware that if you are fishing outside of this area that a shuttle may not be available.
Gear Recommendations for the Trinity River
Rods, Reels & Lines: The seven weight is the best all-around rod for steelheading on the Trinity River. Sixes and eights work well, too. 9ft and 9.5ft models work great. From January through March it's a good idea to have a dry fly rod also. 9ft five-weights are perfect. We primarily use floating lines. Nymph, Steelhead, or Double Taper Lines are best for versatility.
Leaders, Tippet & Indicators: We usually use 1X-3X tippet on the Trinity River. We don't use tapered leaders for nymphing. A 9' 5X leader is great for dry fly fishing on the Trinity. For indicators, we use yarn and Thingamabobbers in the 3/4 and 1" sizes. We use split shot in sizes BB and larger on the Trinity.
Waders & Boots: We use chest-high breathable waders on the Trinity. Spiked wading boots are not necessary. Make sure to bring your own wading belt.
Hatches & Seasons
The Trinity River is open year-round. Steelhead are present most of the year, but are in the river in good numbers from September through March.
Trinity River Hatch Chart
Flies:
Nymphs:
• Mercer's BH Epoxy Golden Stone, 10
• Mercer's BH Poxyback Hare's Ear, Olive, 10-14
• Black Rubberlegs, 6
• Rubberleg Copper John, Red, 12
• Copper John, Red, 10-14
• BH Prince, 10-14
Eggs:
• Pettis's Unreal Egg, Steelhead Orange, 12
• Glo Bugs, all colors, size 8-10
Traditional Flies for Swinging:
• Silver Hilton, 6
• Carey Special, 6
• Green Butt Skunk, 6
Leeches for Swinging:
• Fox's Sleech, Black & Copper, 2
• Miller's Olive Super Spey Leech, 1
• Egg Sucking String Leech, 2
Sample Itinerary
Meeting Time & Place: We typically meet our clients at their hotel at 7:30am. On some trips we may arrange to meet at one of the many boat launches on the river.
Vehicle Considerations: Be prepared to follow us in your own vehicle. We may use your vehicle to help run our shuttle.
Wading difficulty: On most trips we float the river using drift boats or rafts. We frequently get out of the boat to wade. However, we can put together a trip where no wading is necessary. The wading on the Trinity is mostly over cobble river bottoms and is not overly challenging.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day: Due to the distance to other fisheries and the logistics of floating the river, we devote all day to fishing the Trinity River.
Length of the Day: Most full days conclude around 5:30pm. Half days end around 1pm.
Lodging & Travel Info
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