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Trinity River

Guide Dax Messett with a huge Trinity River steelhead
Guided Float Trips
$550 for 1-2 Anglers
  • Year-round
  • Drift Boat Trips

The Trinity River is one of the most popular steelhead destinations in California. One reason for this status is that the Trinity rarely "blows out" due to high water. High flows from winter storms are absorbed by Trinity Lake, so even during large storms it's common for the uppermost floats to remain fishable. For the majority of the steelhead season, flows remain stable and conducive to wading and drift boat fishing. The Trinity River is also popular with anglers due to its proximity to highways and easy access. Highway 299 runs right along much of the river and side roads provide access to other areas. The river has excellent public access for wade fishing and plenty of put-ins for fishing from rafts and drift boats. The biggest reason that the Trinity River is held in high esteem by fly anglers is the numbers of fish. Every year thousands of steelhead return to the Trinity River. It is not at all uncommon for a single angler to hook multiple adult steelhead in a day of fishing on the Trinity. Most steelhead on the Trinity River are 4-10 pounds.

Fishing for adult steelhead can be very good as early as mid-September and as late as mid-April. The early fall is known for hot acrobatic fish. The fish typically aren't spread out in every hole, but when you find one it's common to find several more in the same spot. Prime-time on the Trinity River is November, December and January. November is the favorite month for anglers that want a great shot at good numbers of fish AND nicer weather. December and January are more likely to be cold and rainy (or even snowy!), but there are typically more fish in the river at this point. February, March and April are interesting months on the Trinity. We sometimes see greater numbers of fresh "winter-run" fish at this time. It's also common to hook some "down-streamers" that have already spawned and are headed back to the ocean. The river also sees hatches of march browns and green drakes that can get brown trout and the occasional adult steelhead to come to the surface.

Trinity River Guide Team

Our Trinity River guide team includes Andrew Harris, Gino Bernero, Brian Kohlman, Kevin Kay, Peter Santley, Luke Geraty, Mike Wright, Andreas Fuhrmann and Drew Griffith. Gino Bernero, Andreas Fuhrmann, and Drew Griffith exclusively fish Spey Techniques on the Trinity.

Recent Trinity River Fishing Reports

Trinity River Fishing Image
April 10, 2021
Trinity River Report by Peter Santley

This last Saturday I wrapped up my Trinity season. I had the pleasure of guiding Nicholas and David on a beautiful day on the Trinity. We floated the Junction City area. Nicholas started out with a nice blue back steelhead in the first run. He managed to get several bites through the day and ending up 3 for 6 on adult steelhead and a couple half pounders. We lost a short battle with a pretty big fish that got us into some wood and game over. The river fished fairly good with no other boats on the water. The flows are scheduled to ramp up on the 16th for the spring flush. I will be guiding the Lower Sac and Tahoe area trout options now for spring and summer. Get out and play!Thanks and good fishing,Petet

Trinity River Fishing Image
March 11, 2021
Trinity River Report by Peter Santley

March weather and some good fishing.Snow ,rain, and March browns! Trinity river steelhead season is winding down but some good fishing this week. I guided the last five days with good fishing on both Trinity and the Lower Sac on my combo trips. My client dave had very good fishing for two days on Trinity . He caught steelhead on nymphs ,swinging and on dries then capped it off with a good day on the Sac. I will run combo trips through March then focus on Lower Sac for next couple months. Get on the books and come out and play.

Trinity River Fishing Image
February 19, 2021
Trinity River Report by Brian Kohlman

I had a great time today with my guest Gary. He is recently retired and has become obsessed with steelhead, like most of us. Gary’s desire to chase unicorns has led him to spend a lot of time on the water this season, but without much success. Well, his luck changed today! Gary had a new switch rod and wanted to learn how to swing flies, so that was our focus. He was quick to learn the basics of casting and was rewarded with a solid grab on the swing. He nymphed between runs and hooked into two very large adults that managed to come unpinned after some epic battles. The stars aligned for Gary and the third time was the charm, as the beautiful wild steelhead came to net!  

Trinity River Hatch Chart

Mayflies
Green Drakes
March Browns
Callibaetis
PMD
Baetis
Isonychia
Caddisflies
Glossosoma
Rhyacophila
Hydropsyche
October Caddis
Stoneflies
Golden Stones
Giant Stoneflies
Little Yellow Stones
Terrestrials
Grasshoppers
Other
Salmon Eggs
Steelhead Eggs
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Lodging Recommendations

Weaverville and Lewiston are the closest options for anglers fishing the Trinity River. Please visit our Weaverville/Lewiston Info Page for ideas on lodging, logistics, and other activities in the area. Many of our guests also base their Trinity River trip out of Redding.

Trinity River Photo Gallery

A happy angler with a nice wild Trinity River steelhead
A large Trinity River steelhead
A colorful Trinity River steelhead
Wade fishing the Trinity River
A large steelhead from the Trinity River
Fishing some slower water on the Trinity River
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