Where do we meet?
A: I generally meet my clients
at their respective hotels at a set time early in the morning.
Sometimes I meet up with them at a restaurant for breakfast
prior to our scheduled trip.The arrangements to rendezvous are
set up a day or two in advance of the trip date. I always recommend
that my guests contact me when they arrive in the region. It
is very important that we stay in touch with each other as our
fishing date comes close at hand!
How do I get a
licenses are available at any tackle shop. Rite Aid carries
them in Crescent City. California licenses can also be purchased at
Ship Ashore Resort, Smith River, California, at the front
desk in the main office. A California temporary license costs about
$22 for a two day minimum.
Oregon temporary fishing licenses
can be purchased at any tackle shop, Rite Aid or Fred Meyer
in Brookings. An Oregon temporary license costs about $17 per day.
In some instances, I will gladly go ahead and purchase licenses
for my guests... as they may be arriving after hours when all
the stores are closed.
What kind of rods
will I need?
SUPPLY ALL NECESSARY BAIT, TACKLE AND LURES!!!!!! I use top
of the line equipment which is in good working order. If my
guests prefer to use their own tackle, I strongly suggest that
it is well suited for the specific fishery at hand and in excellent
When do I send
in my deposit?
deposits must be mailed to Jack's Guide Service a minimum of
two weeks prior to the arranged date of any fishing trip. Generally
speaking, it is a good idea to to get your deposit sent off
immediately after fishing appointments have been negotiated.
This will assure guests of a reliable reservation for the targeted
date of their trip.
How long will
we be fishing?
speaking, a fishing trip begins quite early in the morning.
I meet my clients just before daylight. I always try to get
the boat/s launched during the first light of day. This gives
us a much better chance of catching undisturbed fish. Anglers
can expect to be in the boat for an eight hour day.... sometimes
a bit longer.... sometimes a bit shorter. It just depends on
how the fishing pans out. There are times when we 'limit out'
rather fast.... and there are times when we may have to grind
it out in order to put a good effort in during tougher conditions
when the fish aren't as willing to bite.
Can I bring my
son or daughter with me?
course you can bring your children on a fishing trip. I am great
with kids. However, I do charge full price for them because
they will be fishing alongside of you! I have been fishing with
children a long time and I strongly suggest that your child
should be interested in fishing and has a strong sense of patience/
maturity/ understanding. If your child wants off of the river
in the middle of the trip... I still charge for all involved
on the original booking. Unfortunately, I have to draw a hard
line here due to past experiences with young anglers! Most of
the time, all the energy and attention is focused on teaching
a child the basics of fishing. Short attention spans and boredom
have put a damper on quite a few parents fishing trips. It is
truly awesome when your kids catch big fish! In all, this is
a personal call on the parents behalf.
What if we want
to keep a few fish?
have absolutely no problem retaining a legal limit of fish for
my guests. I strictly adhere to all fish and game regulations,
some of which require anglers to release 'wild' steelhead on
the majority of rivers nowadays. Hatchery raised steelhead (planted
fish) can be kept in many rivers throughout Northern California
and Oregon. As a part of my job duties I will gladly clean and/or
fillet your catch for the day. I also supply ziplock bags to
store the fillets in.
Will I need waders?
aren't necessary at all for the duration of your fishing trip.
However, I STRONGLY advise my guests to bring along High Quality
full length raingear and waterproof shoes or boots to make getting
in and out of the boat easier. In almost all instances, I can
put my anglers into good fishing holes by using the accessibility
of the boat instead of wading. Waders do come in handy for 'bank'
fishing. Most experienced anglers generally own a set of waders,
but I don't really think that you have to run off and buy a
pair in order to go fishing with me! We can get the job done
from the comfort and safety of the boat!
Will meals be
provided for us on the boat?
a rule, I do not pack lunches for my clients. Fortunately for
my fishing friends, there are several restaurants that serve
up decent sized 'sack lunches' for around $8. There is enough
room in the boat for my people to bring along a small icechest
loaded with their lunches/goodies in it. Sack lunches can be
ordered and arranged in advance and picked up early prior to
the fishing day.