Rules and Regulations



  • Two person teams with a guide assigned per wild trout waters. No professionals or guides allowed.
  • Fly fishing only. Catch and release. Tackle is limited to fly rods, fly lines and artificial flies with barbless hooks.
  • Only wild trout will count. The guides may, at their sole discretion, reject any trout they believe to be a hatchery trout.
  • Waters fished are the designated wild trout sections of each of the following rivers: Hat Creek: the 3.2 miles from PH 2 to the Fish Barrier; Fall River: from the confluence with the Tule River to the Spring Creek Bridge; the Pit River: from Lake Britton Dam to Pit 3 PH; the McCloud River: from McCloud Dam to the downstream end of the Nature Conservancy property; and the upper Sacramento River: from the Box Canyon dam until it becomes Lake Shasta. Tributaries are not considered parts of the wild trout sections.
  • There will be 3 full contest days with the requirement that each of the 5 rivers are fished for at least a ½-day. The final ½-day will be a free day to rest or fish non-tournament waters. 
  • The teams will have six hours on the water each day. Movement between waters is not included in the 6 hour total.
  • Starting river and guide will be assigned to each team by random drawing at the opening dinner Wednesday evening. Teams will rotate between the guides who will remain with their local waters.
  • Guides are scorekeepers and only trout actually measured by or visually confirmed by the guide count towards the team’s total. Each guide will carry a scorecard for the team they guide. The guides will report totals to the judges each night.
  • The length of trout is the fork length: nose to base of V in tail.
  • Guides and teams will meet at 7:30 breakfast each morning to plan their day. Teams fishing the Fall and Hat will leave earlier in the morning.
  • CalTrout staff at the McCloud Hotel will serve as the communication and coordination center during the contest. Phone number: 530-336-5005.
  • All Fish and Game Laws and all Motor Vehicle laws must be obeyed.
  • In the event of disputes and disagreements, the opinion of the judges will be final.
  • The grand prize will be the team who catches the greatest total inches of fish from all rivers. At least one fish must be caught from each river to qualify for this prize. That team will have their names and total inches of fish engraved on the perpetual trophy at CalTrout’s SF headquarters. 2nd and 3rd place prizes will also be awarded in this category.
  • Team prizes will also be awarded for most fish caught overall and an individual prize will be awarded for the largest fish caught.


  • Wednesday, 9/21/22: 6:30PM: Dinner at McCloud Hotel, followed by draw for river rotation and guides and Cal Trout presentation on conservation projects on our area waters.
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Breakfast at 7:30 AM, Fish from 8AM until 5PM, Dinner at 6:30 PM with awards presentation on Saturday night.
  • Sunday, 9/25/22: Breakfast followed by fishing on your own if you wish. Check out of Hotel at noon.


We are assembling a great list of prizes from major tackle manufacturers, including Patagonia gear, Sage and Redington rods, Rio lines, and Loon and Cal Trout gear. The two members of the winning team will also have their names engraved on the 5 Rivers Challenge perpetual trophy. Each participant will receive a gift bag with fishing related accessories and a tournament t-shirt.


You will be required to sign a liability release with California Trout to compete. You will also be required to have a valid California Fishing License.


$6,000 per team. This includes 4 nights lodging, all meals and beverages at McCloud Hotel, three days of guided fishing, gift bags and winning team prizes for 1st through 3rd place. Does not include guide or facility gratuities.