Thursday, June 25, 2009

Steelhead anglers blessed to find the Trinity

Tom Stienstra, Chronicle Outdoors Writer
Thursday, November 4, 2004

The Trinity River canyon has turned into the steelhead capital of the Western U.S. in the past six weeks. Six inches of rain in late September followed by clear, cold weather this week seems to have put a steelhead behind every boulder in the upper river. This is the kind of phenomenon that can attract anglers of all kind; that is, those who fish from shore and those who fish by boat, those who use bait and those who use lures and flies. Many paths, one truth.

How to get there: Take I-5 to Redding and the exit for Highway 299 West. Take that exit and drive west on Highway 299 over Buckhorn Summit and continue to Douglas City, Junction City, or past Weaverville. Direct access is available along Highway 299 and spur roads.

Best spots: Steel Bridge (between Lewiston and Douglas City), Steiner Flat (short hike required), mouth of Canyon Creek at Junction City, downstream of Junction City, vicinity of confluence of North Fork Trinity, Hell Hole upstream of Big Bar.

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