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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-27-2016, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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March trip to Northern California

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I'll be in California in March and want to take a solo trip up to Northern California for a few days steelhead fishing.

Been researching a bit, and as i'll be coming from LA i'd prefer somewhere more southern - looking at the Eel river & tributaries at the moment but open to ideas...would prefer somewhere with nice surroundings and a bit of solitude.

Any tips on places/tactics/flies and anything else you can think of are welcome.


PS- I'll hopefully be packing a 9'6ft 7wt switch rod so a small/medium river would be best.

Thanks, Connor
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-27-2016, 12:51 PM
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Fom LA I would guess the driving timeto fish-able water is about the same to the trinity - I-5 to Redding (except for Sacremento you can pretty much drive it at 80mph the whole way) and another 30 or so miles to the Weaverville area. That would be smallish water. Also a tailwater so marginally less susceptible to getting blown out, at least upstream. Unlike the eel, loads of good walk and wade spots. Someone else may be able to speculate if the winter steelies are still there in numbers in March, and where. From Weaverville you could fish a ton of water with dozens of access points. Call The Fly Shop in Redding for info on flies, riverr conditions, etc.
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Thanks for the pointers Botsari - had checked out some info on the trinity a few days back. Couldnt find out how good the run is in March (probably 10th, -12th on the water) so if anyone has any info please share.
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PM sent. Are you planning on using a guide?
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wont be using a guide unfortunately (just finished university and out of $$!) Replied to PM. Fingers crossed it wont be high and muddy when I arrive. Take a gamble though. Any tributaries or places nearby that clears quickly as a backup option?
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I recommend the middle or upper Klamath and the Trinity. You can fish both in 2 days. Both fishable with 9.5 6or 7wt.
Let me know your exact dates might be able to meet up.
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Hutchy,
Most of the rivers in the north coast would normally have some Steel running in March, but after four years of drought, the elephant in the room is El Nino. We are into our third storm that is bringing rivers to flood stage and the man-child's wonderful effects are supposed to last well into March and possible beyond. We need the water and snow pack badly, but the fishing can be rough. Onsite intel would help as your trip time frame nears. Michael's generous offer might insure that information and a fishing mate.

And just a small bit of general info about the Eel River system. The Eel River watershed encompasses five counties and about 3600 + square miles and the river and it's major tributaries cover almost 400 miles and much of it can be reached on foot.

Drop me a PM if I can help.

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Russian River north of Santa Rosa.

Another possible option, from there you can head right up 101 to the lower Ell, etc. Not a lot of foot access (public parks, etc.) but all have darned good (or had as its been years since I lived in Healdsburg) water right in front of them.

As noted above rain is the 'Big If' as these river's can blow out with a good storm. For water flows this is your web site, for a given stream just scroll down, find same. and click on same. Information is updated (roughly) every 30 minutes so you're looking at real time information.

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Raining like crazy up here

Great advice on other post tomgo yo the trinity, went 5 times in December after torrential rains, was still gin clear past del loma throughjunction city, that area is awesome, all kinds of forest service campgrounds, skunk point, bagdad, right on river and super cheap, bathrooms, really nice fir budget. Each run prettier than one before, great access, sunny.

If old growth redwood forest is what you want, and it doesn't rain fir at least a week (river will me mud otherwise) and you saw "swing north" like me, the avenue of the Giants near redcrest will have you walking through virgin old growth forests to the river just like mike Wier and Jason hart wick in the movie. Weather will probably be wet , cold , and damp, trinity you will be wearing sunglasses.



Two totally different experiences, have fun!
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I recommend the middle or upper Klamath and the Trinity. You can fish both in 2 days. Both fishable with 9.5 6or 7wt.
Let me know your exact dates might be able to meet up.
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Michael that's a kind offer & if you're free I'd certainly appreciate it. I'll be on the water on the 10th and 11th March. Due to the drive time I might have to end up fishing the evening of the 9th and half day on the 11th but will certainly have a full day on the 10th.

Trinity is sounding good to me - certainly seems to be the safest option in terms of blow out's. Local knowledge is hard to beat though so will post on this thread closer the time & call into a fly shop when I arrive in the area. Appreciate the responses - I'm used to a short hop in the car to local Irish spate rivers so its quite an upscale from what im used to!

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Local contact.

The fly shop to contact is Trinity Flyshop. Talk to Herb if you can. They are the best in that area. If swinging a fly is the method you prefer. No bobbers.
Send me a message or email when the date gets closer.
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For the record, the Trinity, at least here in the upper river area, is fully blown after last night's visit from the boy.
Hard to imagine it's any better below Canyon Creek or the North Fork.
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Another possible option, from there you can head right up 101 to the lower Ell, etc. Not a lot of foot access (public parks, etc.) but all have darned good (or had as its been years since I lived in Healdsburg) water right in front of them.

As noted above rain is the 'Big If' as these river's can blow out with a good storm. For water flows this is your web site, for a given stream just scroll down, find same. and click on same. Information is updated (roughly) every 30 minutes so you're looking at real time information.

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The Trinity has been in great shape the last week or so. I caught two adults and a half-pounder swinging near Burnt Ranch two days ago. We will be getting a bit of rain the next few days, but hopefully a break after that.
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Wondering if you and other forum members would be kind enough to share how you are setting up in that section, weight of line, mow tip/Scandi, floating/sinking tip, shot/no shot etc, flies and size. sure it would also be really helpful for the OP on his upcoming trip too. Thanks!
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