Up-to-date fishing reports on rivers in northern California and southern Oregon from the guides at Confluence Outfitters
Fishing is good right now on the Trinity River but the catching is a little challenging. If you are hooking 1-2 adult steelhead a day you are doing well, or maybe better than average. The fish have settled into their runs and are tucked tightly against the boulders and logs. Swinging flies has been particularly slow the last few days. Fortunately there are still a bunch of half-pounders in the river that provide some action when the big fish can't be found.
Three days of rain in the forecast starting tomorrow should help a great deal. I have seen plenty of fish downriver and a spike in flows should get them moving again. Next week could be pretty good if the river rises substantially.
Posted: November 17, 2014, 12:00 am
In less than a week, the Sac transformed from dirty brown to steelhead green and the visibility has improved significantly. The action isn't as hot as it was in October, but my clients Lloyd and Lee had lots of hook-ups and landed several quality fish. The fish are still crushing the egg! There's no need to hold off on booking your trip any longer!
Posted: November 15, 2014, 12:00 am
We're back to hooking multiple adult steelhead each day, although just barely. My clients Rob and Bill from San Mateo hooked 3 adult fish each in a two day trip, plus about a dozen half-pounders. Crowds were very light today. Steelhead are pretty spread out, but if you are persistent you can catch some very nice fish.
Posted: November 14, 2014, 12:00 am
I just finished up a five-day stint on the Trinity River. Fishing has been up and down. My week started well with multiple hook-ups on adult fish each day and ended up pretty scratchy. Thankfully there are a lot of half-pounders in the river this year. They provide some action when the adults aren't around. The last two days I floated way downriver and while we didn't land any adult steelhead, I was encouraged by seeing good numbers of fish on my float today. Hopefully they will be coming up into the Junction and Douglas City areas soon.
Posted: November 11, 2014, 12:00 am
The Sac looks like chocolate milk this morning. There was zero visibility at the Posse Grounds and it was just as bad at Bonnyview. I'll check again later this week, but for now I would not plan to fish the Lower Sac.
Posted: November 9, 2014, 12:00 am
I had an epic day with Jason from Iowa, who is the first steelheader I have ever guided from Iowa. After 10 minutes of learning how to speycast, he hooked a giant wild hen. After another 20 minutes, he hooked a nice wild buck. It seemed too easy, so I had him skate a dryfly, and after another 20 minutes a steelhead crushed it...but alas, Jason violently ripped the fly out of its mouth....never to interrupt a steelhead trying to eat your skated dry fly. This of course will never happen if you don't skate dry flies, so Jason rules for his willingness to try. He hooked 5 overall yesterday. We saw only one other boat.
Conditions are perfect for swinging flies on the Trinity right now. Good water temps and nice weather prevails. The River is extremely crowded in some places, and not crowded on others. Some stretches of river are void of fish, other stretches have decent numbers of fish. Rain would be nice.
Posted: November 8, 2014, 12:00 am
We had some good fishing on the Trinity today. Aaron and son Zach from Pacifica both landed their first steelhead. Big milestone. There were a lot of half-pounders in the mix, too. The weather was delightful. Come up and give it a shot.
Posted: November 7, 2014, 12:00 am
What a difference two days makes! The water color on the Lower Sac has gone from clear a few weeks ago to a nice steelhead green to a very bad brown today. The speculation is that Lake Shasta is browning up either from the ash flow coming down the McCloud or from erosion from the exposed banks of the extremely low reservoir. We'll keep you posted on the water conditions but for the time being I would steer clear of the Lower Sac.
Posted: November 5, 2014, 12:00 am
Fishing continues to be very good on the Lower Sac. Frank & Doug from the Sacramento area did well today, landing good numbers of fish of all sizes and a few big fish up to 21". The egg grab is going strong and the trout aren't interested in much else. The river was really quiet today in terms of boat traffic.
Posted: November 3, 2014, 12:00 am
I just wrapped up my season of wilderness float trips on the Grande Ronde in Eastern Oregon & Washington. We had an outstanding season, with excellent weather and incredible fishing. Many wild steelhead over 30 inches were landed this season, which was the best in my 4 years guiding one of the most highly regarded steelhead rivers in the states. Along with our Spey Camp on the Lower Klamath River, these are by far the best steelhead camping trips available in the industry. Contact me for booking one of these special trips in 2015, as availability is extremely limited.
My next stop on my steelhead journey will take me to the Trinity River. I am extremely looking forward to fishing and guiding on one of my all time favorite steelhead rivers. Shoot me an e mail if you want to fish.
Posted: November 2, 2014, 12:00 am