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Trinity River

Guide Dax Messett with a huge Trinity River steelhead
Guided Float Trips
$650 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, Tom Mahan, Josh James, Colin Coogan, Andreas Fuhrmann and Drew Griffith. Gino Bernero, Andreas Fuhrmann, Josh James, Tom Mahan and Drew Griffith exclusively fish Spey Techniques on the Trinity.

Recent Trinity River Fishing Reports

Trinity River Fishing Image
January 23, 2023
Trinity River Report by Josh James

The Trinity River is in absolutely perfect shape right now, emerald green water and brisk mornings make it scream winter steelhead. There is an abundance of fish in the system right now, lots of fresh fish right out of the ocean and Kelts making thier journey back to the salt. This is an amazing time to be on the water chasing steelhead with a two handed rod. With not alot of rain in the extended forecast, the next couple weeks will be your best opporotunity to tangle with a shiny trout. I have days available on the calendar and would love to get you out on the water, give us a call or book a trip online.  

Trinity River Fishing Image
January 19, 2023
Trinity River Report by Luke Geraty

Flows? Perfect. Water color? Steelhead green. Hook sets? Free. Temperature? Above freezing-your-face-off. Yesterday I spent the day on a two boat float down the Trinity river with fellow Confluence guide DJ Spivey with some regulars and we had a banner of a day. If steelheading had a "perfect" day, it would be hard to argue that we didn't have it.It's amazing how the water color can affect the fishing in such tremendous ways, but with steelheading, the color surely makes a difference. Usually we are working with gin clear conditions but all of this rain has definitely caused the river to be in stellar shape and the Red Bluff boys got to experience her in all her glory. We didn't land all of 'em, but we did land some nice ones. Matt was a birthday boy, so his gifts came in packages sized 25+ inches! Yowzers!It's a good time to get out and the Trin should fish well for a bit longer, so I'd definitely recommend getting out there. Let's go!

Trinity River Fishing Image
January 17, 2023
Trinity River Report by Luke Geraty

Colin Coogan and I headed over to the Trinity to scout it out after all of the rain and the Trinity did NOT disappoint! Flow wise, the river still has a lot of water coming in through all of the various creeks and runoff spots, but the color was really good and the steelhead were chomping flies. Below Douglas Indian Creek I'm sure it's still a bit muddy, but that's quickly changing each day. Most of the fish we hooked were wild and fresh fish (aka lots of jumps and runs). There's no doubt that now's a good time to get out there and chase some of those elusive ocean run rainbow trout. I think the fishing should be good for at least another month in a half if not more! Colin and I both have open days for the rest of the season and I'm sure if we're booked you can find another Confluence guide to get you out there. Let's go!

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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