Dean River Chinook June 26 – July 3, 2015


Join me at Kimsquit Bay Lodge on the lower Dean River, BC June 26th – July 3rd for a week of chasing Chinook salmon and some early steelhead on the Dean River. Dean River Chinook (King) salmon are some of the freshest, hardest-fighting fish in the world. These fish can be just minutes or hours out of the ocean dawning sea lice and are notorious for taking anglers deep into the backing.


The Dean river is known by many to be the Shangri-La for salmon and steelhead fly anglers. The river is set up perfectly for the swung fly and hosts many big, broad runs perfectly suited for the spey rod and swung fly. Not to mention it happens to sit in one of the most beautiful settings around.




The details: $6100 to and from Smithers, BC, Canada. For more info, check out the website linked above or feel free to contact with any questions. Kimsquit Bay Lodge also has a few openings the prior week, June 19th-26th as well.



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Wild fish, Habitat, it all makes a difference…

Check out Shane Anderson’s short piece on the Montana story and why they now have some of the best wild trout fishing in the world!


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Huge Storm to hit CA North Coast

Huge storm hitting the North Coast right now. Rain predictions have been as high as 9-10″. Eel to 220,000 cfs? It could be a sight to see. Rivers are gonna be out for some time, time to get caught up with fly tying!


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Brief Winter Report….

Blown out with more rain on the way. This has been a common sight so far for the month of December. We need the rain, but also need a break if you are going to fish anytime soon. Winter fish should be rolling in. Pics from the big storm last week when the eel system was over 105,000 CFS.



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Updated Contact Information

My iPhone decided it wanted to go swimming with the fish today, so we have a new phone and new number here at Steelhead on the Spey Guide Service…

Jason Hartwick

phone: (707) 382-1655


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Prep the ark

Suppose to be a good one moving in. Heard rumors of 6-8″ of rain over the next few days with gusts over 50mph.


267,000 CFS…..would be a fun raft ride if you could dodge the 300′ redwoods racing by! Suppose to be one hell of a storm.



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Fall Finish

Another Fall comes to a close just in time, as our first big rains seem to be settling in. The fishing was much like the water this fall, up and down! The rivers saw ever-changing flows from the lowest we have seen due to draught conditions to flows upwards of 3500 cfs from both the BOR and rain. This spread the fish out very quickly and made us work a little harder than normal for them…all part of the game!

Why do we love fall steel heading? Floating lines, surface steelhead, t-shirts, and a lot of smiles…




Steve Merlone with a couple of nice bright fish. Steve’s casting and fishing skills have improved each of the last  3 seasons we have fished together. He always seems to get the job done!photo_1_copyphoto 2 copy

For supposedly having such a banner run on the lower Klamath, I was amazed at how few Kings I saw upriver on the Trinity. Granted there were days like this one where hundreds were on the move and every steelhead around was far away sitting behind a rock!

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Every year for about the last 5-6 years, Rudd and Eric come fish with me on both the Trinity and North Coast. Each time, one out fishes the other but it always seems to balance itself out. This year, Eric hooked multiple fish the first two days. He had to take off due to that thing called life(family+work) and Rudd whaled on ’em the last two days…go figure. Rudd, the blue gloves gotta go but the hat looks good!

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A few more nice wild ones from this fall. These fish in the lower Klamath and Trinity systems can be some of the hottest steelhead pound for pound. It’s just always a bonus when you see one a little bigger than normal.




As Fall progressed we bounced back and forth between the Klamath and Trinity to stay on the fish and good fishing. While the Klamath fish might not have the size, they make up for it with a lot of heart! Not to mention you get a few more yanks in a day, fish beautiful long sweeping runs, and might not see another angler!

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It was another great fall season on the Klamath and Trinity rivers. The weather was warm  all the way to the end with only a couple of frosty to mornings I can think of. We have begun to receive some good rains which have triggered the last of the fall kings. The next good series of storms should bring our first good push of winters into many systems. Stay tuned…..


Jason Hartwick

(916) 838-2496


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