Steelhead on the Spey Guide Service provides guided and instructional fly-fishing trips for salmon/steelhead on California’s North Coast using two-handed (spey) rods. We fish for salmon/steelhead in the traditional down and across(swung fly) method, targeting the most aggressive fish in the river. In the summer and fall months we target steelhead on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. In the winter months we fish the rivers of California’s North Coast for wild winter steelhead. Some of these rivers include the Smith, Eel, and Van Duzen to name a few. Whether you are a beginner or an avid steelheader, Steelhead on the Spey guide service provides you a day of fun steelheading.
Jason Hartwick is the owner and head steelhead guide for Steelhead on the Spey Guide Service. Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, where he learned to fly-fish over 20 years ago, Jason hooked his first steelhead on the nearby American River and has been crazy about steelhead ever since. Although he grew up in Sacramento, Jason spent many years chasing salmon and steelhead on California’s North Coast spending most of his time on the Trinity and Eel Rivers.
While Jason has been an avid fly rod steelheader, his interest intensified in the early 2000’s when he discovered two-handed (spey) rods. He found that the spey rod made steelhead fishing much more enjoyable… and a heck of a lot easier! Increased casting distance came nearly effortlessly and allowed him to cover more water, while the longer rod made mending line a breeze! He embraced the spey casting techniques and with new enthusiasm honed his steelhead fly fishing skills.
A natural teacher, Jason’s love for fly fishing finds its highest expression when he instructs others in the art of pursuing steelhead with a two-handed fly rod. Older anglers are amazed at how little effort is required to make casts that cover more water than they ever could with a single-handed rod. They also discover how less effort casting translates into more time on the water. If you have yet to experience the thrill of steelhead fishing with a spey rod, Jason strongly urges you to give it a try!
Jason Hartwick is a licensed USCG Captain and is certified in both First Aid and CPR. Jason is also a contracted fly tier with Aquaflies and is on the C.F. Burkheimer Pro Staff. Steelhead on the Spey Guide Service holds permits with the Shasta/Trinity BLM and Six Rivers National Forest. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured.