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Steelhead, Wine & Outstanding Company….StoneFly’s “Off The Hook” Adventure to the Trinity

We recently had the good fortune of fishing California’s  Trinity River for Steelhead with the Off The Hook Fly Fishing. The fishing on the Trinity can be truly outstanding this time of year (great fishing still being reported at Orvis Fishing Reports). So when guide Mike Copithorne gave a ring and said “StoneFly Nick. It’s on. Let’s roll!” that was all the urging we needed. We loaded up the rigs and hit the road at 2:00am.

StoneFly Nick with 1st Trinity Steelhead of the Trip

Over the course of three days we fished stretches of water above and below the community of Weaverville. The river system was full of Steelhead which enter the Trinity via the Klamath River system. With a combination of  stonefly nymphs (how fitting?) and other patterns we managed to hook and land multiple Steelhead and even a few large Brown Trout. StoneFly has been working with Off The Hook Fly fishing and their team of guides for quite some time (see On The Fly Adventures) and each time we fish with them, or lead a trip with guests, it is always a first class experience in terms of the fishing, the learning and overall outdoor experience.

Paired with the outstanding fishing was the epic scenery of the Trinity River Watershed. This is one of the most gorgeous regions of California, not only for the fishing and solitude, but for the remarkable vistas, mountain peaks and those mesmerizing dark blue runs and pools.

For our lodging we stayed at Indian Creek Lodge which offers clean, comfortable accommodations right on one of the nicest sections of the Trinity. Under the new management of John Letton, Indian Creek is taking many steps to improve the accommodations and accoutrements his establishment offers and during multiple discussions they shared a very sincere commitment to the community, the health of the river system and to providing an outstanding experience for fly fishers. Looking foward to many great things to come at Indian Creek!

In the evenings we shared our meals at the La Grange Café, owned and managed by Sharron Heryford. This is one of the finest yet most down-to-earth establishments in the area. Their menu is outstanding along with their wine list which includes an array of StoneFly Wines. If you are in the area please stop by the La Grange. StoneFly Nick’s recommendation: Order the ribs and a bottle of StoneFly Cab. You won’t be sorry. And if by chance you are eating in and would still like to enjoy a bottle of StoneFly stop by and pick one (or three) up at Top’s Super Foods.

Join StoneFly & Off The Hook On The Trinity! We are currently planning our 2010 fly fishing, food and wine adventures for the Trinity and other Northern California waters. Please email Off The Hook at wines@stoneflyvineyards.com .

Resources:

Off The Hook Fly Fishing

Orvis Fishing Reports for the Trinity River

Shasta Trinity Fly Fishers

Indian Creek Lodge

La Grange Café

Tops Super Foods

The StoneFly Prize: StoneFly Vineyards is honored to team with The Orvis Company to devote 5% of wine sales to conservation of coldwater fisheries throughout the USates. The 2009/2010 recipient of The StoneFly Prize is CalTout, Inc., one of the finest fishery stewards in the country.

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