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The Trinity is quickly becoming our most popular summer steelhead swing fishery. Known by many as an indicator fishing, heavy boat traffic river, we beg to differ. We guide what we refer to as “The Other Trinity”. The amount of great swing water on this river in unbelievable. The sections of this river we guide are away from the crowds, but the fish don’t know that. We have the option of floating sections in our rafts or walking in.

With three very distinct sections, the Trinity River offers something for everyone. The upper section from Lewiston to Junction City is much like a trout stream in size. The shallow riffles and runs in this section are easy to fish with a single-hand rod, switch rod, or light spey rod. Much of our fishing in this stretch is done with five and six-weight spey rods with floating lines and long leaders.

The middle and lower sections of the river are considerably larger and frequently require a heavier spey rod. The long runs and inviting tail-outs in this part of the river hold many steelhead and are best fished on the swing. Fish can be caught on skated dries throughout the fall months when water conditions are right. In many prime runs we'll take a first pass with a skater and then go through it again with a traditional wet fly or leech pattern.

The Trinity River has a very long steelheading season. We've hooked adult summer-run fish as early as mid-July and winter steelhead well into March. While the river is typically low and clear during the late summer and fall months, the Trinity turns into a big river after winter storms. Runs that could be fished with a floating line in November often need to be dredged with fifteen feet of T-14 in January, February and March. Seven and Eight weight spey rods matched with skagit heads, fast-sinking tips and heavy leeches are a must for high-water conditions.

Some of our Trinity River guide trips are conducted on public lands administered by the Six Rivers National Forest. Confluence Outfitters operates under permit from the Six Rivers National Forest on a non-discriminatory basis. All of our Trinity River guides are individually permitted by the Bureau of Land Management to guide the Trinity River.
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