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For the fly fisherman, this area affords endless fishing opportunities. The streams and creeks have mostly German Browns. Rainbow, Kokanee, Brook, and Golden Trout are up here too. You need to know where to find them. Learn to think like a trout. Most freestone streams are reasonably poor aquatic insect habitats hence a good fish may be almost anywhere. Gray pieces of water downstream from a tubulent flow, the tail or head of riffles, where two streams, creeks join. Any deep water hole is a place to probe.

Fly fish patterns are dries, sizes 10 - 22, and nymphs/wets size 10 -18.
Caddis Flies are the most prevalent insect of intererst to the trout. Oddly enough, the Royal Coachman, size 16, is the top producing fly on rivers, creeks and streams.

Don't overlook that Trinity Lake itself has blue gill and champion size small mouth bass. Best methiod is fly fishing rivers, creeks and streams is using an upstream cast on the lightest gear (0~2 weight lines) you can find.
see Mastering Fly Fishing

See previous page for some of the best flies for the area. (Twenty five years of experience tells it like it is.)

Logger Rope Swing Pool
Logger Rope Swing Pool. . . Loading
Trinity River Photo (below) by Justin Gould of Bath, England

by Justin Gould of Bath, England

PDF Map of Trinity Area
For further information contact: Weaverville Ranger District, Klamath National Forest -Or- Big Bear Ranger District, Shasta-Trinity National Forest -Or- Six Rivers National Forest

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Be a good citizen - Leave No Trace

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly (pack it out in wilderness areas)
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts (never burn when windy!)
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors (load music, generators, dogs off leash,etc.)
  8. Cut down no live plants or trees
  9. Release fish to catch again tommorow
  10. Secure wilderness permits (required in wilderness areas)
  11. Don't leave food out. Be Mindful of bears.
  12. Use only bio-degradeable products.
  13. Do not wash in or near water - Be 25 feet back

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