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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
January 9, 2021
Trinity River Report by Brian Kohlman

I had a really fun time with my regular guests Chip and Matt from Red Bluff. The recent rains provided a much-needed flow bump, but the water is still gin clear. The fishing remains tough, but good. Chip struck chrome first with a bright hatchery “tweener” and then a feisty half-pounder a few minutes later. Matt hooked into a small adult that fought well above its weight class and helped cap off a great day! We have rain forecast for Tuesday, so hopefully that will add some color – and some more fish! 

Trinity River Fishing Image
December 29, 2020
Trinity River Report by Brian Kohlman

It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve guided the Trinity, so it felt really good to be back on this holy water and it was a great day for my guests Steve and Scott. Our day started cold and it never really warmed up – so be ready for winter steelheading. I can tell you they instantly warmed up as soon as their lines went tight, and the water erupted! Scott hooked up first and his fish had several good runs before coming to net.  Steve hooked up a short time later and was rewarded with a really nice hatchery fish. The forecast is calling for some extended rain, so hopefully that will bump the flows, add some color to the river and bring a new push of fish! This crazy pandemic has had an effect on all of us in many different ways. Due to the uncertainty of the times, many of our guests have been reluctant to book their fall/winter steelhead trips. The Northern California Region is not as restrictive as the rest of the State, meaning restaurants and hotels are open and very much welcoming guests. I have been following all the necessary health and safety protocols, so if you’re ready to go fishing – let’s do it! 

Trinity River Fishing Image
December 5, 2020
Trinity River Report by Mike Wright

Spent a really good day on the Trinity with Sean and Doug. The morning was really slow and we didn't touch a fish until a round 2:00pm, but the afternoon was worth the wait. We boated four nice fish and had a ball. Overall a great day for the conditions and as always, the company made the day even better!

Trinity River Hatch Chart

Green Drakes
March Browns
October Caddis
Golden Stones
Giant Stoneflies
Little Yellow Stones
Salmon Eggs
Steelhead Eggs
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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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