jason hartwick

jason hartwick

Arcata, CA

If it were always about catching fish or numbers then we would be doing it with conventional gear rods and bait.

Jason Hartwick is California native and was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. Jason grew up on the banks of the Sacramento river fishing for Chinook Salmon as a kid and chasing trout in the summer months. After attending the University of Texas and short stint as a professional golfer, Jason moved to California’s North Coast and began guiding salmon and steelhead. Jason is the owner and head guide for Steelhead on the Spey Guide Service, specializing in steelhead fly-fishing on the swing with two-handed Spey rods. Most of his fall is spent on the Klamath/Trinity rivers and winters are spent guiding the Smith and Eel River drainage. In the Summer months, Jason guides for Chinook Salmon on the Alaska Peninsula.

career highlights

Being able to fish with and learn from mentors such as Mike McCune, Scott O’Donnell, and the late Bill Lowe.

home waters

Smith, Klamath, Trinity, and Eel Rivers

species

Salmon and Steelhead

conservation work

Currently working on a film project on the Eel River showcasing its wild salmon, water diversions, and habitat loss. Working with North Fork Studios, California Trout.

philosophy on fly fishing

Have fun and enjoy the process! Fly-fishing is the hardest way to catch most species of fish. If it were always about catching fish or numbers then we would be doing it with conventional gear rods and bait. Fly-fishing takes us to some of the most beautiful places in the world. Smile, have fun, and make everyday on the water a great day!

perfect day

Tough one so I would say pretty much any day chasing winter steelhead on the North Coast of California.

perfect setup

Sage MOD 7130-4, Sage EVOKE Reel, with a RIO Skagit Max Short 525