Trinity River Adventures
Northern California Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing in California
from Lewiston Dam to the Hoopa reservation 90 miles
down river. There are two dozen access points on this
stretch of river where we fish from boats or from shore.
The Trinity River is known for its strong returns of
large adult Steelhead over a long season, often lasting
from September to March. It is not uncommon to catch
a rogue steelhead in the middle of summer. They average
in size from 6 to 8 pounds with an occasional fish
10 to 12 pounds.
When targeting Steelhead We fish three different techniques. We drift fish with indicators, which is one of the most effective techniques. We use a weight forward floating line attached to a straight leader 7 to 12 feet long. The leader length should generally be one and a half times the depth of the water. The set up is sometimes attached with a lead shot 18 inches or so above the fly, suspending the weight and fly below the indicator. An adjustable strike indicator located at the top of the leader offers easy visual detection of a fish’s grab, and the sporadic ticking of the bottom
The second more traditional method is swinging or skating flies through the riffles and tail outs with no indicator. I prefer this technique, especially when the fish are aggressive, as the grab is much more pronounced. We often fish with an egg and nymph dropper and high stick through the riffles, especially when the Steelhead are feeding on both insects and eggs. When fishing with indicators we cover more water, where as swinging and high sticking, we get out of the boat, slow down and die sect the water.
The third method is Spey fishing. With the introduction of the shorter Spey and cross over rods (10-12 ft. 5wt - 6wt), it now makes it possible to efficiently fish smaller rivers. We generally swing leaches and nymphs using this technique.
With the longer days and warmer afternoons of February and March we often get May and stonefly hatches. This gives us the opportunity to catch Steelhead and browns on the surface, which always makes a great end to the day.
boats we use are stable top of the line 16
ft. Boulder Boat Works drift boats with
level floors fly stands and bracing for ease
We supply snacks, beverages and lunches on the
river. Bring your camera you will need it. Lets