Trinity River Steelhead Trips

Our home base is in Douglas City just a stone’s throw from the Trinity River.  The Trinity River is our #1 guide destination for good reason: it is California’s most productive steelhead river for fly fishermen.  Prime-time for Trinity steelhead is from September through March. We do drift boat, raft, and walk-wade trips on the Trinity River. We cater to all types of fly fishers, including nymph/indicator fishermen and spey (2-hand rod) anglers. We recommend that our clients book their accommodations in the Weaverville area.

Rates for Trinity River Guide Trips
1 or 2 anglers: $475/Full Day including shuttle, rods, reels, flies, lunch, drinks and snacks.

Season
Mid-September through March

Latest Fishing Reports

Winter Steelhead (1/25/2018)

Winter Steelheading continues on…we’re still seeing New Wild Winter Steelhaed push into the Trinity, the numbers don’t seem to be quite as good as they were a couple weeks ago but still good fishing. We’ve had a bit of rain and snow over the past week, water flows are up and a little color has been added, water temps have dropped a few degrees over the past week, that may have slowed the fishing a bit. I think Swinging for Winter Steelhead on the Trinity will be Well Worth the effort for at least a couple more weeks.Tight Lines…

Winter Steelhead (1/25/2018)

Winter Steelheading continues on…we’re still seeing New Wild Winter Steelhaed push into the Trinity, the numbers don’t seem to be quite as good as they were a couple weeks ago but still good fishing. We’ve had a bit of rain and snow over the past week, water flows are up and a little color has been added, water temps have dropped a few degrees over the past week, that may have slowed the fishing a bit. I think Swinging for Winter Steelhead on the Trinity will be Well Worth the effort for at least a couple more weeks.Tight Lines…

Spey / Swing for Trinity Winter Steelhead (1/11/2018)

Spent a few days guiding for Winter Steelhead on the Trinity this past week, it didn’t disapoint. Plans were to guide on the North Coast but it’s been in constant flux, too low , too high and a few days that have been just right, at the same time Mid Trinity was in good shape , chose the safe bet and it paid off ! Swung up multiple Chromers each day and landed at least a fish a day per angler, good Steelheading in my IMHO…primarily bright, wild fat hens in the 5-6 lb class and full of fight and one wild buck 7-8 lbs. typical Trinity Winter Run.My availablity for the remainder of the Season is none existant… not to early to think about a Spey/ Swing trip for next Fall/ Winter …My primary Steelhead destinations will be the Trinity, Lower Klamath, Eel Drainage and the Lower Sac… this past Fall the swing fishing was excelent on the Lower Sac for Battle Creek Steelhead in the 2-5 lb class, all had a ton of fight and a blast on 4wt and 5 wt Spey rods…fun stuff !Feel free to contact me for trip info – Tight Lines

Commit to the Swing (11/29/2017)

The Trinity is in Great shape, a little bony up top but fish are spread throughout the system. Some days are scratchy, other days are pretty darn good, Steve and Ken arrived for a couple days of Spey casting for Steelhead, day one was slow but they didn’t loose faith and day two we got into them pretty good…. Sounds alot like Steelheading… Commit to the Swing and you will be justly rewarded…Tight Lines

Commit to the Swing (11/29/2017)

The Trinity is in Great shape, a little bony up top but fish are spread throughout the system. Some days are scratchy, other days are pretty darn good, Steve and Ken arrived for a couple days of Spey casting for Steelhead, day one was slow but they didn’t loose faith and day two we got into them pretty good…. Sounds alot like Steelheading… Commit to the Swing and you will be justly rewarded…Tight Lines

Transition Time (11/21/2017)

.The Trinity Basin has recieved several good bouts of rain this Fall with the most recent being this past Sunday into Monday and blew the river out from Rush Creek down. The Trinity was back in shape in the upper reaches on Tuesday, the recent rains have been just what the Doctor Ordered, Steelhead are on the move. The Summer/Fall fish are making there way to there final destinations and Fresh Early Winter Steelhead are filing in, right on there heels. As long as the Weather stays active, like it has, the fishing should remain good for the forseeable future… Happy Thanksgiving and Tight Lines !

Looking for some Rain… (11/2/2017)

The Steelheading on the Trinity has been ranging from Fair to Great depending on pressure, weather and luck of the draw…in other words Steelheading on the Trinity is in full swing. I’ve been bouncing around avoiding crowds with mixed results, good news is there seems to be a fair number of Steelhead in the system from top to bottom with new Steelhead still comming through the weir in Willow Creek. I’ve seen a good number of Chinook on Redds mid-river, which I haven’t seen the past couple of Seasons, a very good sign for future runs ! I’ll be guiding Spey trips on the Trinity through mid January, 1/2 day trips mid December through mid January last Season where pretty popular, hitting the warmest part of the day. Tight Lines !

Winding Down (3/8/2017)

Well the Steelhead Season is starting to wind down here on the Trinity. It’s been a challenging Season this year on the Trin, between, at what seemed like at times non-stop rain and snow to low fish counts. The one thing this Season has reconfirmed is that like many other things in Nature Steelhead fishing is cyclical, it has it’s high points and low points, having said that some of my clients had outstanding days on the river, right place, right time, nothing that could be predicted other then putting in the time and dedication to the sport.As one Steelhead Season comes to a close another one is just around the corner, not too early to start planning a Steelhead trip to the Lower Klamath ! The Summer Run starts to show in the Lower Klamath in July, I will be focusing my time guiding there in Septemeber and October when the run typically starts to thicken and the crowds start to thin. I use my jet boat to access some of the best swing water in the Lower 48, we use Spey rods and Classic Swing tactics to target these Crome Bright Steelhead, we usually encounter a mix of adults and 1/2 pounders, Hatchery and Wild ! Mild weather and Beautiful suroundings, just hard to beat !

Winter Run is In ! (1/29/2017)

The Trinity continues to fish fairly consistantly for Winter Run Steelhead, most of the fish that I haver encountered over the past week and a half have been in the 3-8 lb class, a mix of wild and hatchery with the vast majotity being wild. Some days we hook 4-6 somedays we get spanked, been averaging about one fish per angler per day. Which I think is to be expected when fishing for Winter Steelhead. The Great news is that a fair number of fish that have been landed lately by my clients have come on the Swing !…Tight Lines !

Winter Run is In ! (1/13/2017)

Once the Trinity setlled down from a giant churning froth of mud and debris I wondered whether there would be any Steelhead around or if they all boogied up into there natal tribs, well the good news is there are quite a few fresh, wild winter run fish the came up under the high water conditions, most are in the 2 -5 lb range but the 1st fish of the day yesterday was a beautiful wild buck in excess of 10lbs. The wheather forecast is wild as well so make a break for it when things settle down for a day or two.