Here’s another HAWG of the Month entry, this time from Zack Carper, who shamed the family name by catching this beautiful Eel River steelhead while fishing with guide John Klar.
Carper will be going up against other monthly entries and the winner gets a nice prize pack of a hat and some hot salmon & steelhead lures from Yakima Bait…of course, with a name like that, a pack of corn and doughballs would probably be more fitting for Carper. Sorry, Zack…couldn’t resist!
After getting hammered by rain last week, Nor Cal’s Smith River and, just across the border, Southern Oregon’s Chetco River are now in shape and fishing pretty well.
Guide John Klar said the Smith is feeling “very fishy” currently, and he’s been hooking some seriously impressive numbers of chrome steelies, including the dandy pictured that was caught Tuesday.
The Chetco is still holding plenty of color but it has fish in it as well and guide Andy Martin had a day to remember when a 54-pound Chinook inhaled a Steelie plug and, on 12-pound gear, took 2 hours to subdue! He added a chrome steelhead as the cherry on top!
Looks like the North Coast is off to a good start! Keep an eye on our fishing reports for updates all season long!
Our pal John Klar, noted salmon and steelhead guide on California’s north coast, gets as far away from cold water fisheries as he can we he has some time off. He sets down the bait and plugs rods and heads to warm water with the long rod to chase the Silver King. Here’s a little look into his latest Florida trip…
I did a post earlier in the week about the masochistic tendencies of steelhead anglers. Well, guys who chase tarpon with the fly a very much the steelhead angler’s “brothers from another mother.”
The endless, piercing sun; the long days of heaving a 12-weight into the wind; staring into the water for hours, searching for dark shapes on the flats…then, the pressure to make the perfect cast when a Silver King materializes out of nowhere.
Our pal John Klar is a double masochist. He guides steelhead trips all fall and winter and then heads to Florida with fluff chucking gear for some tarpon abuse every summer. He just got back from a epic mission…one in which lots of tarpon were jumped. Here, he pays his respects to the king…
Read all about how the Smith River’s epic king run last fall provided the a good boost to several downtrodden economies of Northern California in the WALL STREET JOURNAL Also, check out the cameo from our pal John Klar.
And for every one of you who benefited from the Smith’s kings (guides, tackle shops, gas stations, hotels and restaurants), it’s time to bust open the wallet and give a donation to the non-profit Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery…Without it, you’re probably out of a job!