California Steelhead









Guided Steelhead Fishing with Brent Rinker
On the California Coast

707-349-4199

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Catching and Releasing

For many people bringing home the days catch is just what you do at the end of a fishing trip. With Steelhead this should not be your priority. In fact in most California Steelhead rivers, it is against the law to keep a wild steelhead. This should not deter you from wanting to fish. A steelhead is a prize that is best displayed by a picture, not necessarily on a dinner plate. I have a high quality Nikon D70s Digital SLR. This camera will be brought along and I will do my best to make sure you get a great picture of your California Steelhead. catch and releaseI can send you a picture of your fish via e-mail or if you prefer I can mail you a high quality print from my home printer. Nearly all the pictures on this site were taken with my camera if you need an example of the professional photographs I can take. I make sure that your fish will be returned to the river in the best possible condition. I will not use a nylon mesh net! These nets can knock off scales, rub off the fish�s protective slime, and catch on hooks. If possible we will land the fish on shore using no net at all. Where this is not practical or possible, I have a rubber net that is specifically designed to be catch and release friendly. I truly care about the fish. I have observed a number of California Steelhead guides who allow the fish to be �man-handled� by their customers. I don�t understand how people who make a living from fishing can allow the resource to be mistreated to the point where it could be fatal to the fish. You CANNOT hold a steelhead like you would a bass and expect it to survive. Holding a steelhead by the gills is not good and neither is keeping it out of the water for 5 minutes, actually more than about 30 seconds is too much. When fishing a river where hatchery fish are present you can keep your catch, if it�s adipose fin is clipped (indicating it is from a hatchery). I will fillet your catch and give you proper instructions on how to take care of the meat for the ride home.
California Steelhead

Brent Rinker�s California Steelhead Fishing
187 Harry Way, Lucerne, California 95458
707-349-4199

Brent@wintersteelhead.com

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