The Trinity River is located west of Redding in Northern California. It is popular for fly fishing and rafting. It is the longest tributary of the Klamath River, approximately 130 miles long. It is located within the coast ranges and flows from the southern Klamath Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. it is a beautiful river and very popular for fishing hiking and recreation. More information about the River can be found here.
June kicks off salmon season. Escape the heat of the valley - Trinity River temperature averages about 5 to 10 degrees cooler. On the Trinity River these summer run fish come up very bright and are extremely aggressive. Salmon run through August. The average fish runs 6-10 pounds, with a big fish in the 20 to 30 pound range. August through November is when the fall run starts. The fall run fish are even larger than the early season fish.
For these majestic fish we will use artificial reaction baits, egg patterns and roe (fly fishing; streamers and egg patterns). Some fishermen prefer artificial offerings (lures, spinners, flies) over natural bait. Salmon fishing can be a combination of spin fishing and fly fishing.
September through March is Steelhead time. Techniques used are fly fishing and spin fishing: back bouncing, pulling plugs, side drifting. The size of the river make fly fishing very popular and challenging. The average fish weighs in from 4 to 7 pounds, with a good fish over the 10 pound mark. During these months carry fly or spin gear or in combination - your choice.
If you have never fished the Trinity River before it is recommended that you go with a guide the first time to get a feel for the best locations to fish, the best fly fishing techniques. There are many guide services available. One of the more popular Guide services is Hookem Heckys Guide Service. Call Greg Hector at 530-515-5918. His website has a page dedicated to Trinity River Fly Fishing
For fishing Reports and many popular Links visit www.fishtrinity.com