3 Seasons. 2 Species. 1 River. Weaverville, CA
The Trinity River is a diverse drainage spanning hundreds of miles through two reservoirs, which were created in the 1960s. Its headwaters begin in the high country of the Salmon-Trinity Alps Wilderness area. Not only does this contain many miles of pristine trout streams, but it also is home to 53 high-mountain lakes. These waters then make their way down into Trinity Lake, which has a water surface area of over 20 miles making it the 3rd largest reservoir in California. Trinity Lake is famous for producing California’s state record smallmouth bass. It also has large and healthy populations of rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon, making it one of the prime spots for fishing in California.
Immediately below Trinity Lake is Lewiston Lake, which is like a large slow moving spring creek, most famous for trophy trout with great midge and mayfly hatches. For years, around 90% of the water within Lewiston was diverted south through tunnels to Whiskeytown Reservoir and then down into the Sacramento River watershed and continuing downstream pouring into the Sacramento Delta. This diverted water is then pumped down canals and into holding reservoirs for use in Southern California.
Flowing from Lewiston Dam, the Trinity River winds its way through 110 miles along the Trinity Alps to its confluence with the Klamath River at Weitchpec, located in Humboldt County. The Trinity River Fish Hatchery raises trout, steelhead, and salmon. This area also contains the stretch of river open to “Fly Fishing Only” fishable from 250′ below the dam downstream approximately 1.5 miles to the Old Lewiston Bridge. Book our fishing charters today!
“Some of our guides have been fishing here for decades and understand this river as good as anybody.”
When should I fish?
Steelhead can be found in the river almost year round, each season bringing something new to the table.
Summertime offers skating flies or what some refer to as “grease lining” to hungry wild steelhead willing to slam a fly quartered across the water’s surface and out to the opposite bank. Join us for some of the best fly fishing in Northern California!
For some, the fall season can start in September, lower in the river along the deep shady Weitchpec Canyon where the fish will find their way in and out of the Lower Klamath to stay cool. September through October can be good near Hoopa Valley if weather temperatures cool, chances of rain this time of year help push fish into the system offering better fishing opportunities. Fall offers the best opportunities for swinging flies with sinking lines, so grab your favorite switch or spey rod and join our expert fishing guides for a truly special fishing trip!
Fishing will continue to be great well into the winter, providing nymphing opportunities for a mix of wild and hatchery steelhead. These fish like basic bugs, such as golden stones, copper johns, and eggs. November is by far the most productive time of year for fly fishermen from the middle to upper stretches of the river, producing steelhead through the end of February. Later in the fall and winter months when temperatures drop. larger mayflies and good size stoneflies may come off the water during breaks between storms, allowing for some superb California fly fishing.
Rates & Reservations
We offer several fishing charters on the Trinity River.
Half Day Guided Fishing: $400.00
1-2 anglers, 4-5 hours on the water, beverage, snacks, equipment, terminal tackle and flies.
Full Day Guided Fishing: $500.00
1-2 anglers, 8-10 hours on the water, beverage, snacks, lunch, equipment, terminal tackle and flies.
Full Day Guided Drift Boat Trips
Full day guided drift boat trip(s) are designed for 1-2 people. A third person can be accommodated for an additional charge of $100.00. Your day on the water consists of 8 hours on the water. On typical days we cover 3-24 miles of water (depending on river and time of year).
Your Day Includes:
- Lunches, fruit, and beverages. Our lunches are always deli fresh, picked up the morning of your day by your guide. Lunch is based on clients’ dietary needs and any food allergies. Water is always available and is fully stocked on all boats.
- Rods, reels, lines and all terminal tackle, this includes flies, leaders, tippet and any other expendable amenities needed for the day. * Want to use your own gear? Please feel free to bring it along with you for the days trip. Our guides will be happy to rig any rod that you might want to fish, if specialized for the particular fishing condition.
Half Day Guided Drift Boat Trips
Half day guided drift boat trips(s) are designed for 1-2 people. A third person can be accommodated for an additional charge of $100.00. Your day on the water consists of 4-5 hours on the water. On a typical day, we cover 2-6 miles of water (depending on river and the time of year).
Your Half Day Includes:
- Snacks, fruit, and beverages. These are based on clients’ dietary needs and any food allergies. Water is always available and is fully stocked on all boats.
- Rods, reels, lines and all terminal tackle, this includes flies, leaders, tippet and any other expendable amenities need for the day. * Want to use your own gear? Please feel free to bring it along with you for the days trip. Our fishing guides will be happy to rig any rod that you might want to fish, if specialized for the particular fishing condition.
Full & Half Day Walk & Wade Trips
Walk & Wade trips are fishing charters designed for those who are looking for a more intimate time with the water in which they are fishing. Learn how to read water and where to look for fish, the importance of flows, entomology, water access, and casting/fishing techniques. These fishing trips are perfect for beginner fly fishing! These trips can range from physically light to moderate conditions. From light walking to hiking in/out, a tremendous amount of energy will be spent throughout your day. We ask that all clients seeking a walk & wade trip are physically able to walk a 3-10% grade on their own (mountain, hill, canyon and stream incline). We will match fishing conditions to client’s abilities as much as possible.
Walk & Wade trips are designed for 1-2 people. A third person can be accommodated for an additional charge of $100.00. Your full day on the water consists of 8 hours fishing and travel, half days consist of 4-5 hours fishing and travel. On a typical day, we cover 1-3 miles of water (depending on river and the time of year).
Walk & Wade Includes:
- Full day Walk & Wade trips include Lunches, fruit, and beverages. Our lunches are always deli fresh, picked up the morning of your day by your guide. Lunch is based on our guests’ dietary needs and any food allergies. Water is always available and is on hand.
- Half day Walk & Wade trips do not include lunch. Clients will be provided with snacks, fruit and beverages.
- Rods, reels, lines and all terminal tackle, this includes flies, leaders, tippet and any other expendable amenities need for the day.
What’s Not Included in My Guided Reservation
- Alcoholic Beverages: This includes undistilled fermented beverages such as beer, wine, and cider.
- Rain Gear: This includes all waterproof breathable rain gear; Raincoats, rain hats, ponchos, parkas, rain pants, rain boots, gaiters, umbrella, trap, goggles and stretch wrap.
- Articles of Clothing: This includes underwear, swimsuits, socks, rainwear, base layering, insulated overwear, windbreakers, fleece, gloves, buffs and any headwear of any kind.
- Waders and Boots: This includes all wader and boot types; Waders include rubber, canvas, neoprene and breathable. Boots include stocking foot and boot foot.
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* A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking calendar date. You have the option to make full payment at this time. A valid credit card is required to confirm a reservation. Personal checks and major credit cards are all accepted as payment. Please make all checks payable to Fish Habit Outfitters. Final payments are due 30 days prior to scheduled trip date. All trips booked within 30 days of scheduled trip are due at time of making reservation.