The Trinity River has become a hot Northern California steelhead fishery over the last handful of years; its flows are being better managed for fish, and when anglers started hearing reports of double-digit steelhead catches in a single day (we heard romors about 30 fish per day), fly fishermen showed up in droves.
Lately, fly fishing guides have become concerned about the Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP) — notably the amount of gravel injected into the river to create spawning habitat.
Habitat is great, but guides have become concerned that too much gravel was filling in good holding areas.
With CalTrout urging the TRRP to hear the concerns of guides, the gravel injection process was halted for the year pending a scientific board review of the process.
CalTrout Northern Manager Darren Mierau said “The program needed to respond to the guide’s perspective on this — they’re on the river every day.”
“We’re happy to see the TRRP listened to the guides.”