Many have called the Trinity Fly Shop inquiring about the Helena Fire, access HWY 299 West, and the safety of Trinity County residents. Here is what we know. To date, the Helena Fire, (Junction City) 9 miles west of Weaverville, is active, only 30% contained, and sadly, burned over 11,000 acres, 72 homes, 60 plus structures with mandatory evacuations, Helena to Oregon Mountain. Evacuation shelters have been set up in Weaverville. For detailed fire updates check out: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/554 or Cal Fire website (current Fire Info). For current road conditions (HWY 299 West) check out: Cal Trans: http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi. Along with Cal Fire all local (Weaverville, Douglas City, Lewiston) fire crews are defending the Helena Fire. Keep these men in your prayers.

*** Helena Fire photos by Adam Meyers. Adam is a Lewiston engineer in the Lewiston Fire Dept. and has been defending the Helena fire since last week.

Steelhead and You (Preserve the Magic)

Steelhead landing

Arguably, there is nothing more satisfying than wading and dissecting a run in search of the “sweet spot”–Life is a lot more sweeter for coastal steelheader, Mike Morrison

There is nothing quite like a steelhead…gleaming flawless beauty… mystical and fascinating life-cycles that spawn, rear and ascend hauntingly beautiful rivers and environments… the infectious passion, confidence and driving commitment that matures each time you second guess their unpredictable ghostly behaviors and strike chrome… feeling the sensation of their power and strength transmit throughout the backbone of a rod… witnessing wild unpredictable aerial displays while listening to the high pitch echoing sound of your reel, burning line and backing, as heart throbbing streaking runs test equipment quality, angling talents and abilities… subdued, each and every one admired, praised and, native fish, respectfully released unharmed back into the wilds.

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The Heat is On! (Chill Out-Go Fish’n)

Shad Fishing
Be thankful for what is and not what isn’t. Life is Great!

Whew! It’s a barn burner. A sweltering 103 degrees on the front deck of the shop and record breaking hot temps forecasted for another few days. And it’s early June; feels like mid-August! Just remember all; it’s a dry heat—Ha! Anyway no better place to cool down than your favorite watering hole, fishing, swimming and boarding. Here are some ops that may help shed some relief and provide a flex.

Yuba River
2013 shad lineup.

Shad Up and Fish-2013 Shad runs are a perfect example of anadromous fish not looking at the calendar. Typically Central Valley shad runs are late May-June-early July. With Jan-Feb the driest on record, these yr. rivers were low and shad runs were early; catching many off guard. Our first grabs were May 8 and females were present, eager and horney. Males were already do’n the chase and enjoying play time, even mid-day. Early shadders, dialed in on low water conditions and feel’n the itch, encountered shad as early as April 23 in the American/Feather. I’ve always preached—“go when it feels right”! Currently all rivers with the exception of the Sac are low and still providing sparse activity with pockets of low water sessions lighting up in the late afternoons. Bottom line, multi shad days are rare so enjoy and feel the love sinking your irons into a few. This is what is dealt for the 2013 shad runs. Call it good, appreciate and be thankful for what was and is currently still available. Whiners/number curnchers need not apply.

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Spoiled Fortunate (COW-LA-4-Ni-A Fishing Rocks)

Landing Fish
Looking for Waldo—Darren doing all the right moves on a 4Wt.

I had one of those days in the shop that put a smile on my face, hop in my stride and an eager stoke to stretch a line. No, the till didn’t spill from raging retail sales, selling tackle, feathers and irons(?), but rather a day filled with warmth, spring beauty and a contagious, happy-go-lucky vibe from anglers checking in and eager to go fishing. Cool to witness so many feel’n it.

The first anglers I encountered were already waiting for the doors to open. The early arrivals were jazzed and on a mission, hiking and float tubing nearby Grass Valley lake. Giddy, from success the day before, they hustled and already knew what they needed; our Mr. Pimps and aquatic wasps. They reported the forty-five minute hike was well worth the effort as they experienced pure solitude and remote beauty, quality leeching and mid-day dry fly activity; I wanna go-I wanna go!!!

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