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The Steelheading continues on! The sharp change in weather from from cool and rainy to Warm, Bright and Dry has put the Steelhead in a bit of a funk, those that work hard and make accurate presentations can expect a few opportunities a day. Almost an equal mix of hatchery and wild fish are showing, the river flows and color are perfect, get out there and get after it !
View All Reports by Randy Hamann    |    View Randy Hamann's Calendar    |    View All Trinity River Reports
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Had a great day on the Trinity guiding alongside boss-man Andrew Harris. With 2 boats w 4 clients, everyone hooked up. When does that ever happen?

Matt & Allen from Red bluff did a great job today mending line & riding seams. My duo brought a couple half pounders to the net within the first few minutes of the float, but we wanted the real-steel. Right after lunch Matt hooks into a monster that breaks him off at the exact time Allen hooks up w nice wild hen that breached the water close to a dozen times. Sigh talk about an emotional rollercoaster. Oh yeah- he played the fish perfectly and high fives were exchanged. Good stuff.
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Nice wild fish Alan
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Tony seals the deal
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Long-time guest Dave forwarded these two photos from Friday.  He said the fishing was good and he even had a couple of fish over 10 pounds.  Sounds like fun!
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I did a steelhead clinic for the Deep Creek Fly Fishers today at Indian Creek Lodge on the Trinity River.  This is our 3rd annual clinic.  We spent the morning in the comfortable fisherman's lounge on the 2nd floor of the lodge going over flies, rigging, and reading the water.  We spent the afternoon fishing along Steel Bridge Road.  Mark, one of the students in the clinic, even managed to hook and almost land a very nice steelhead!
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Mark with a big fish on the line
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Fishing improved quite a bit today, although the adult steelhead were still hard to come by.  The weather was about 20 degrees warmer and the fish were much grabbier.  John and Rick landed almost a dozen trout and John got the fish of the day, a 6-pound wild steelhead.  The river is still high but very fishable.  Fishing pressure is light.
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John with a nice wild fish
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Rick caught a lot of trout today
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We're in the money!
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I fished with John and Rick from Reno today.  It was a very cold and wet day and the fishing was TOUGH.  We caught three small trout, but didn't find an adult steelie today.  I spoke with some other guides and the best report I heard was two fish hooked.  The river is in excellent shape though and should be fishable down to Junction City by the weekend.
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Spent a great day on the Lower Sac with Jeff from Sacramento. The upper section of the Lower Sac fished quite well for us. We had good battles all day. Weather was beautiful and the fishing was as good. Lots of boats since most every where else is blown out. Good thing about the Sac is lots of room to fish.
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Lots of these to keep us busy.
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The Trinity blow out overnight and is muddy from top to bottom.  The next few days are supposed to be a lot drier so hopefully the river will be fishable by Tuesday.
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I fished a rising river with brothers Tom and John today.  We get poured on in the morning but the afternoon was nice.  We managed to stay ahead of a big plume of muddy water all day, but fishing was still tough.  We landed several half-pounders and Tom landed one nice wild adult fish that made our day.
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  Had a good time floating the upper section of the river yesterday with John Anderson from Truckee. Brought 3 to the net and 'quick-released' a few others! 
Despite the lower section of the river being blown, the upper reaches of Trinity is quite fishable and has a nice green tint to the water. Saw a few hatches but nothing hit the dries. 
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We've had some tough fishing here these last couple weeks. Seems mother nature is letting us know she's still there. Windy & rainy conditions has been making things challenging. There was even a tornado warning issued in the Eagle Canyon area the same time a group of 4 was on the water. 
The anglers that do the best I've seen are the ones willing to cover a lot of water and can present the fly in a somewhat delicate manner. 
Normally 3x Flouro will suffice in the morning, but 5x will most likely be needed by the afternoon.  
 
 Flies that have been working are; (sizes 12-18) 
 
- red copper johns  
- olive micro mays
- prince nymphs
- hares ears 
- beaded olive, black, purple, crystal wooly buggers 
 
 
 
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Leslie Ajari is featured in the latest episode of the Reno Fly Shop podcast.  Her interview focuses on steelheading in northern California.  She breaks down the difference between summer and winter steelhead and describes the best way for beginners to get into steelheading and spey casting.  Leslie also discusses her role in the Confluence Outfitters Spey Camps on the Lower Klamath River.

Follow this link to listen to the podcast. 

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The Trinity is currently fishing well and dropping into shape. The Snow, Heavy Rain and High Water have passed, leaving a dropping, clearing river in it's place. The upper stretches of the river are Greening Up nicely, while much of the river is still seeing high flows, that should change over next couple of days as we are in for a drying trend over the next few days. In addition the water temps have taken a nice bounce up and we are hooking Adult Steelhead on both the Swing and under the indicator. Still landing some Fall/Summer fish but most are bright Winter fish, a mix of Wild and Hatchery Run.
 
Tight Lines..... 
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This is a report from guest Will who fished Eagle Canyon on Tuesday:

We had a great time yesterday despite the rain and wind during the first half of the day. Everyone picked up fish and the weather cleared up during the latter part of the day.  I had about a dozen fish on and landed about half of them. Sam was great with giving us tips, providing hot and cold drinks and assisting with the net. We will try to return again next year.
 

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A different kind of rainbow at Eagle Canyon
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Heavy rain pounded the Southern Oregon Coastal rivers this past week, totally blowing out all of our winter steelhead rivers.  When they drop back into shape, fishing should be excellent!
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 We had a snowy and cold yet productive day on the Trinity today.  We had a couple hours of dry weather in the morning, but the snow caught up with us by 1pm.  By the time we got off the river at 2:30pm it was coming down about and inch an hour.  The river is in good shape today all the day down to Douglas City.  It's a nice green color.  Bryan made the most of his day by landing two nice fish, losing another at the net, and having a couple other brief encounters.  By lunchtime we had the propane heater going full blast.

It's hard to say what shape the river will be in this weekend.  We're supposed to get 2-3 more inches of rain over the next few days.  That could very well melt all the snow that fell today and turn the river into a muddy mess.  Or not.  There might be decent fishing on the top two floats or even down to Indian Creek.  If the river stays fishable, you can expect good fishing.  It seems like there are plenty of fish around.

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Bryan's big wild buck
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Bryan's first fish of the day
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Bryan enjoying the snowy day
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Nick enjoying the snowy day
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The Trinity continues to produce a mix of Wild and hatchery Steelhead, the Trinity should continue to fish well through early March. Plan your next trip now!
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Was part of a group fishing weekend on the Trinity.  Had the good fortune to guide Ray from Napa on Saturday.  The weather was a little rough, but we had a great day and hooded a few steelhead and one nice brown.  The group had a lot of success over the weekend.  Lots of fun.
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A nice buck.
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Butterball!
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See the ghost?
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Despite having a slow start this season, anglers are tying into 5-10 lbs fish daily. Having patients and presenting the fly in manner that won't spook the fish is critical. Small nymphs (size 14-18 flashback PTs) and (size8-14 buggers in various colors) on a slow retrieve are getting consistent hookups. 
Dress warm and fix those pinholes in your waders- the water gets cold quick! 
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River conditions are ideal on the Trinity right now.  The river is high and clear, but not too clear.  Fish are on the move and we're getting them in bunches when we find them.  Today was really tough all morning.  We made a lot of great drifts through great water without much action.  From 2pm on it all paid off, though.  The afternoon was excellent with 6 or 7 adults ending up in the net and others getting away.
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Fish on!
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