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Trinity River Fly Fishing Section

Trinity River Fly Fishing Section

I ran up to the Trinity River fly fishing section today for a sign install (see property here). Unfortunately I didn’t have time to do any fishing but did check out the scene as today is the opening of that section of river. While it can get crowded on the opener (as with most) it’s for good reason. You get shots at steelhead, browns and rainbows that haven’t seen a fly in a while. I had the pleasure of running into friend and guide Aaron Grabiel of The Northern California Guide enjoying a day off. When you catch a guide fishing on his day off it’s a good idea to take note of the where. Aaron had good fishing, as he usually does. He also was smart enough to get there early.

All the fishermen I saw where in the upper mile of this section, making me wish I’d had a bit more time to explore all the open water below. While this stretch can get attention at times, I’ve spent plenty of days fishing it in solitude too.

The Trinity River fly fishing section is the uppermost part of the Trinity that steelhead and salmon can journey to in their spawning migration before encountering the dam at lewiston lake and the Trinity River Fish Hatchery. The Trinity River fly fishing section comprises nearly 2 miles in the town of Lewiston, CA between the Old Lewiston Bridge to 250 feet below the Lewiston dam. It’s open from April 1st through September 15th. The closure is to provide a reprieve from the gauntlet of lures and flies run along the Klamath and Trinity Rivers as fish either prepare to enter the hatchery or spawn in the river itself. In addition to the steelhead and salmon that end up here are some BIG brown trout and a bunch of feisty rainbows, this combination of species provides a grab bag of fun fishing opportunities for all ages and skill levels. Anything from streamers to nymphs to dries can be great choices at the right time. Good streamer choices include small baitfish patterns to mimic juvenile steelhead and salmon to sculpin and leech patterns in green or black. Popular nymph choices are golden stones, san juan worms and small mayfly and caddis imitations. For dries, a variety of #12-18 mayfly and caddis often bring up the smaller rainbows, though watch for larger more selective feeders too. In May and June keep and eye out for fluttering golden stones.

Trinity River fly fishing section

Regulations for the Trinity River fly fishing area

Categories: Fishing Reports, Steelhead fishing

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