The Trinity is enjoying the best returns we have seen in the past five seasons if not the past decade. The recent storm was warmer and has caused some increased runoff, all of the tributaries are flowing, but the river has just the right amount of color to really get after it. We are likewise seeing the larger fish appearing up top from Junction City to Lewiston. Of course, the National Forest is still closed below Pigeon Point, but there is plenty of good spots to fish from there all the way up to Lewiston. Golden Stones are a solid choice of fly right now. Keep your eyes peeled for any hatches, yes they can happen this time of year, and change up accordingly. Psycho Princes, Pheasant Tails and all of the Euronymph jobbers are working too. Some people are picking fish up on egg patterns. We have some stellar weather forecst over the next week and a half, but remember to check the forecast and keep some chains in your vehicle when you head out. January through March is when we see the big boys show up. If you would like to get a trip scheduled, give Bryan or Chris a shout in Outfitters!
Trinity River Flows:
Trinity River Releases from Lewiston
Trinity River Flow at Pigeon Point
• Bill & Caryl Dickens (Gold Coast Shuttle) at 530-623-1905
Access To the Trinity River
The Trinity has many publicly accessible areas with good wading opportunities during the steelhead season. Stop by the shop and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction.
Steelhead Fishing Can be Frustrating
These anadromous rainbow trout are known as the 'Fish of a Thousand Casts.' For good reason! The learning curve can be quite steep learning when and where to go, and what type of water to target. Our Professional Guide Staff has decades of experience guiding the Trinity River for steelhead. A day spent with one of our guides will get you up to speed much more quickly.
Recommended Equipment & Setups
Early Summer Run Steelhead on the Trinity River will take swung flies readily. Spey rods are becoming an increasingly popular method to swing flies. The Fly Shop's Signature Spey Rods are an economical way to get into a great Spey rig. Add a Ross Cimmaron II Fly Reel and a Scandi shooting head, a leader, tippet and fly and you'll be in business.
• Harrop's Last Chance Cripple - #18
• Pat's RubberlegsBrown and Black, #4-8
• Mercer's Poxyback GB Hares Ears - #8-14
• TB Solitude Stone - #8
• Lance's X-May - #16, Brown
• Mercer's Gold Bead Biot Epoxy Golden Stone - #8-10
• Clown Egg - #4-10
• M.C. Redd Reapers
• Micro Spawn Eggs - Pink & Salmon Egg
• Boles Bazookas - #8
Streamers & Leeches:
• Beadhead Crystal Buggers - Any
• CH Kiwi Muddlers
• Freshwater Clouser - Any