When you get right down to it, is there anything cooler than having a chrome Chinook pump your rod on a crisp fall morning?
Here’s a beautiful Chinook one of my clients caught this morning on the Sacramento River. Each one of these amazing creatures is a gift…we admired this bright hen for several minutes before putting her in the box. After our Chinook collapse a few years back, I’ll never take one for grated again…
Happy Fall everyone!
The Klamath River’s chinook salmon run is forecasted to be massive this year and the fishing should be epic! The bite is already going strong and will only get better over the next few weeks!
The above photo was sent to me by guide John Klar and the lower from Mike Stratman, who are obviously having some fun on the Big K!
Okay, so it does get scorching hot down here in California during salmon season, but the warm weather does have its upsides…
But don’t think for a second it’s all looks and no substance here! While fishing with my good friend Mike Moore of Valley Guide Service, Amanda Bess put on a back-bouncing clinic on Sunday on the Sac that put most dudes on the river to shame.
Bess put a nice 40-pound limit of kings in the box, and rumor has it, Moore is currently considering giving his deckhand, Hunter Gibson, his unconditional release and signing her for the rest of the season :)
I ran across this pic of my ol’ trusty 20-foot Willie drifter last night and had to post it.
I took this shot as we were pulling off the Trinity River after chasing salmon and Steelies. It was a boy’s fun trip with me, K-Dog, Harry Ibach and Mad River Jimmy Davis and the boat was absolutely destroyed with rods all over the place, lures, roe slime and junk food wrappers.
Some folks might be mortified to see their boat in this condition, but I think this is exactly how a vessel should look after a bunch of friends hit the water together. It’s pretty obvious to me that a good time was had by all here…
Okay, so you probably don’t need any more inspiration to get you fired up about the forthcoming inland salmon season in Nor Cal’s Central Valley (it’s going to be epic!), but here we go anyway…
To get you dreaming of chrome, here are some pix of previous clients of mine with nice Sacramento River Chinook. Fish On!