5 Rivers Challenge


California’s Premiere Wild Trout
Fishing Contest

An epic fishing challenge to benefit CalTrout

** Announcing 2020 Dates: September 13 – 17 **

The most fun fly fishing event in California returns to the renowned wild trout waters of Northern California: The Pit River, Fall River, McCloud River, Upper Sacramento River, and Hat Creek. Sponsored by California Trout, Clearwater Lodge, and Patagonia.

Test your angling skills while fishing some of the most remarkable wild trout waters in California, all while benefiting CalTrout and local conservation projects.

Hat Creek • Fall River • Pit River • McCloud River • Upper Sacramento River

The Contest:
You and your teammate will fish each wild trout designated section of river over three days.  Go for most fish. The biggest fish. The grand total in inches of fish from all rivers. Or, the total from a single river. Whatever your strategy, it’s a unique challenge and there are great prizes to be awarded in each category.

The grand prize winner will be…
The team that catches the greatest total inches of trout from all five rivers. Their names will be engraved on the beautiful Five Rivers Trophy, permanently displayed at Clearwater Lodge. All teams will receive great tackle items and other prizes.

The rules are simple:

  • Two-person teams, fishing together with a guide. (8 team limit)
  • Fly fishing only, catch and release, barbless hooks.
  • Guides measure fish and keep score.
  • One half-day on each river.
  • The sixth half-day is free time.
  • For a complete list of Rules & Regulations click here.

When: Arrive Sunday evening, September 13 through Thursday morning, September 17, 2020

Where: Clearwater Lodge on the Pit River, Fall River Mills, CA

Cost: $6,000 per team

First payment of $3,000 due at time of registration, balance of $3,000 due July 1, 2020.
Includes four nights meals and accommodations at Clearwater Lodge, three days of guides, lunches, contest tee shirt, and gift bag. $3,600 of fee is a tax-deductible contribution to California Trout. No refunds after July 1, 2020 unless registered participants find substitute team.

Entries are limited to eight teams.


Questions? Contact Tracey Diaz at 415-392-8887 x103