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Trinity River

Guide Dax Messett with a huge Trinity River steelhead
Guided Float Trips
$575 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
November 24, 2022
Trinity River Report by Luke Geraty

Dave and Mel jumped in the boat for a float down the Trinity River with the goal of finding some steelhead. The morning started out COLD, but we persevered, thanks to some gloves, hats, jackets, and steelhead desire. We had a few half pounders grab flies here and there but the morning didn't produce any adult steelhead. We kept at it though. At one point we saw a number of steelhead hanging behind some salmon and spent some time trying to trick 'em into eating some flies but before we could really get into it, a small one-person raft decided to float RIGHT over our fish, which quickly vanished. Etiquette would have led me to float down the OTHER fork of the river, but I guess you win some, you lose some. Thankfully the fishing juju had built enough pressure and shortly after this, Dave hooked a really nice adult steelhead and we put it in the net! Mission Impossible became possible! Success! The day was full of great conversation, love for fly fishing and the outdoors, and more great conversation! The rest of the afternoon didn't produce another adult, but we were happy finding one of those mysterious fish of a thousand casts. There are steelhead in the Trinity, so what are you waiting for?

Trinity River Fishing Image
November 17, 2022
Trinity River Report by Luke Geraty

Make sure to check out our latest fishing report from the Trinity River. You can view it here: https://youtu.be/cGbRDJVKdIAIt's definitely time for you to book your next trip! 

Trinity River Fishing Image
November 1, 2022
Trinity River Report by Luke Geraty

James Garrettson from About Trout joined me for a couple of days here in Northern California to fish for steelhead on the Trinity and trout on the Lower Sac. James is a fly fishing guide on the San Juan in New Mexico and runs a really great YouTube channel with lots of tying videos and other instructional style resources. You can watch the fishing report we did on YouTube by clicking here: https://youtu.be/oLJNZbXoVAU

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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