Access to the Trinity is limited right now as all national forests in California are under a closure order through September 17th. Some good news to report, Highway 299 has opened again to one way traffic below Junction City. Per CalTrans, State Route 299 is reduced to one lane with escorted traffic control at 0700, 1000, 1300, 1600, and 1900 hours from just west of Helena to just west of Berg Rd. due to the Monument Fire and Rock Slide. Traffic must remain in line at these times to be escorted through fire area. A detour is not available, motorist should expect delay.
The National Forest remains closed through September 17th. If you go, make sure you know what is and isn't forest service land. We are seeing some promising things in the lower river numbers wise. We will keep our fingers crossed we see these fish show up in a few weeks.
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
Smoke comes and goes up in the Fall River Valley, lately it has not been too bad. The river continues......