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Trinity River - Hoopa - California

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Early Morning/Evening #18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
February Stoneflies Afternoon #8-12 Golden Stone, Black Stone
March Mayflies Early Morning/Late Afternoon #14-20 American Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear
Caddisflies Evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
April Mayflies Early Morning/Late Afternoon #14-20 American Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear
Caddisflies Evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
May Mayflies Early Morning/Late Afternoon #14-20 American Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear
Caddisflies Evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
June Mayflies Early Morning/Late Afternoon #14-20 American Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear
Caddisflies Evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
July Mayflies Early Morning/Late Afternoon #14-20 American Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear
Caddisflies Evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
August Mayflies Early Morning/Late Afternoon #14-20 American Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear
Caddisflies Evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
September Midges Morning/Evening #18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
October Baetis Afternoon #16-20 Blue Winged Olive, RS2
November Midges Morning/Evening #18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
December Midges Early Morning/Evening #18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Trinity River in Hoopa, California is a coveted spot for fly fishing enthusiasts. Offering an abundance of fish species such as steelhead, Chinook salmon and brown trout, a few noteworthy spots along the river are:

  • Willow Creek: This quiet town situated along the Trinity River serves as a great spot for fly fishing. The river here is home to a high density of steelhead.
  • Kimtu Beach: Located in the upper Trinity River, Kimtu Beach is another popular fly fishing spot known for an abundance of salmon.
  • Hoopa Valley: Rich in tribal history, the river in this area is abundant with salmon and steelhead, offering unique catch opportunities.

Keep in mind, stepping onto private land without permission for fly fishing is illegal. Always respect native tribal rights and regulations when visiting these fruitful spots.

Best Access Points

The Trinity River, particularly in Hoopa, holds a vast variety of fish species, making it a go-to location for fly fishing advocates. However, good access points are key to optimizing your fishing experience. Refer to the following noteworthy access points:
  • Pickle Point: A remarkable spot near the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. It offers fair space for casting and abundant species to catch.
  • Salyer’s’ Bridge: Located on Highway 299, it provides an easy access point for anglers, with ample parking space.
  • Kimtu Beach: A serene location which is ideal for a quiet, secluded fishing day. It is located near the town of Willow Creek.
  • Junction City: This is near Big Rock River Access. It’s well-known for steelheads, especially during winter.
Remember, rules and regulations differ for each spot. Always ensure to follow the specifics for each area to ensure a legal and fulfilling fishing experience.

Local Fish

  • Chinook Salmon: Also known as King Salmon, these are sought after during the fall months for their size and power.
  • Coho Salmon: These salmons are smaller than Chinooks but can give a good fight which makes them popular among for fly fishers.
  • Steelhead Trout: Steelhead are also very popular among anglers for their size and challenge they provide.
  • Rainbow Trout: Known for their striking colors, Rainbow Trout are a common quarry of fly fishers for their willingness to strike flies.
  • Brown Trout: Brown Trout are very intelligent and can grow to very large sizes, making them an excellent and challenging target.
  • Mountain Whitefish: Although not as popular as the other species, Mountain Whitefish are native to the Trinity River and can offer a steady action.
  • Shad: Shad is known for its fight and is a popular summer fish for fly fishers in the river.
  • Striped Bass: While not as common as other species, Striped Bass run in the river and are targeted for their fight and size.

About The River

The Trinity River, located in the charming terrain of Northern California, carries a fascinating history that is deeply interlaced with the Hoopa indigenous tribe. The river’s name comes from its discovery on Trinity Sunday in 1848 by American gold prospector Major Pearson B. Reading.

  • For centuries, the Hoopa tribe has thrived along the banks of this river. They traditionally harvested Salmon, the staple of their diet, from the Trinity.
  • The Trinity watercourse played a prime role during the California Gold Rush. Its headwaters Panning for gold was common along its shores, with the river seen as a symbol of prosperity and excitement.

Today, the Trinity River offers remarkable recreational opportunities from fishing, whitewater rafting to panoramic hiking trails. It also continues to serve as a crucial habitat for wildlife and a lifeline for the Hoopa people, holding fast to their cultural heritage.

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