Trinity River Spey Trips
If we were to design a river with great numbers of fish, a diversity of water types, natural beauty, dependable fishing conditions, and make it the perfect size for beginner spey casters, it would probably look a lot like the Trinity River.
Steelhead hold in many water types on the Trinity that can be fished effectively with a two-handed rod.
The river is small enough that even beginner spey casters can almost reach the far bank in a lot of prime runs.
Every year we get dozens of spey anglers into their first spey rod steelhead ever on the Trinity.
Experienced spey casters have a good shot at hooking multiple fish each day.
Recent Trinity River Fishing Reports
3/14/17 by Sam Robinett
: The steelhead season on the Trinity is still going on believe it or not with minimal pressure. The river is in great shape actually; flows and water clarity are ripe but it's been tough. With limited opportunities it's essential to be quick at those hooks-sets and never assume it's a rock! I feel like Paul Ryan with his sleeves rolled up when I start posting river flow charts, nonetheless the lower Sac is starting to settle down. With these higher flows it opens up a lot new water and opportunities to catch fish. Tight lines. Sam R. (530)722-5994
3/9/17 by Randy Hamann
: 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 !
3/3/17 by Sam Robinett
: Had the pleasure of guiding Dave from Napa on the Trinity. Despite being on the slow side, Dave landed a wild adult. The weather has been all over the place lately so dress accordingly!
Trinity River Guide Availability
Gear Recommendations for the Trinity River
Rods, Reels & Lines:
The most commonly used spey rods on the Trinity River are 5 and 6wt rods.
Lighter and heavier rods will work also, but might not be as well matched to the size of the river or the fish.
Come prepared with scandi lines and versi-leaders for fishing near the surface and also skagit lines with MOW tips for fishing a little deeper.
Switch rods can also work really well on the Trinity, especially in the upper reaches where the river is smaller.
Leaders & Tippet:
We usually fish 8 or 10# maxima. When fishing floating lines, a 10ft 8# steelhead leader will do the trick.
Waders & Boots:
We use chest-high breathable waders on the Trinity.
Spiked wading boots are not necessary.
Make sure to bring your own wading belt.
Occasionally in September and early October it is warm enough to wet wade.
• Silver Hilton, 6
• Carey Special, 6
• Green Butt Skunk, 6
• Perpetrator, 8
• Morrish's POM Skater, 6
• Steelhead Muddler, 8
• Hoh Bo Spey, 6
• Hickan's Party Boy
• Intruder, 6
Lodging & Travel Info
Please visit our Weaverville
page for hotel and restaurant recommendations and ideas about other things to see and do while you're in Weaverville!
The Straw House in Big Bar is another good choice for lodging if you are planning to fish the lower portions of the river.