5 Rivers Challenge


California’s Premiere Wild Trout
Fishing Contest

An epic fishing challenge to benefit CalTrout

** Announcing 2022 Dates: September 21 – 25 **

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.

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 CalTrout’s SF headquarters. All teams will receive great gear 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 Wednesday evening, September 21 through Sunday morning, September 25, 2022

Where: McCloud Hotel, McCloud, CA

Cost: $6,000 per team

Secure your spot by registering both anglers before July 1, 2022.
Includes four nights meals and accommodations at McCloud Hotel, three days of guides, lunches, contest tee shirt, and gift bag. $3,000 of fee is a tax-deductible contribution to California Trout. No refunds after July 1, 2021 unless registered participants find substitute team.

Entries are limited to eight teams.


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