JT Guide Service
Phone: (916) 997-2765
JT Guide Service is based in Northern California and provides river fishing adventures primarily on the Sacramento and Feather Rivers, but other rivers are explored from time to time as well.
When you fish with JT Guide Service you’ll be fishing under the guidance of Captain Jason Thatcher. Jason has years of experience fly fishing trout and steelhead rivers across Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and the Alaska Peninsula.
A devout student of the game Jason is intimately familiar with the life cycle, habits, habitat, defining traits of the species he targets.
While Jason does offer conventional tackle river salmon fishing adventures most of his trips throughout the year are dedicated to guiding fly fishers. He has the skills, tools, and knowledge, to put guests in the best possible situation for having a successful, comfortable, safe, and entertaining river fishing adventure.
Never fly fished before? Get the one on one, personal instruction needed with a patient instructor who specializes in introducing novices and experienced anglers alike to the art of river fly fishing.
Sacramento River Wild Rainbows
“So just how good is the Sacramento’s wild rainbow fishing? Well it’s darn good. I’ve fished for trout in many of the west’s best fisheries including the much storied waters of the Yellowstone Country and I rate the Sac right up there as one of the best destinations I’ve ever had the pleasure of fishing.”- Cal Kellogg, Fish Sniffer Magazine.
When you target wild rainbows on the Sacramento River you’ll be catching fish averaging 14 to 20 inches. These light tackle titans will test even the most capable angler's fish-fighting skills with sizzling runs and Olympic style midair acrobatics. These trout are absolutely a handful on a light fly rod! There is always the opportunity here to hook into the "fish of a lifetime" with the occasional trout going 24 plus inches and built like shipping containers.
During the Fall when the king salmon are spawning, the Sacramento River trout have nothing but eggs on their minds as they line up behind the salmon redds to take part in the buffet line. This feeding frenzy provides us with the closest thing to Alaska style trout fishing in the Lower 48.
Springtime on the Sacramento River brings a whole new smorgasbord to the wild trout in the form of prolific caddis and mayfly hatches. It's all about big trout on small bugs!
The section of the Sacramento Jason fishes has a trout population measured in thousands of trout per mile, providing legitimate opportunities for hooking in excess of 25 fish per day. The trout are some of the most brilliantly decorated fish in the West boasting a full spectrum of brilliant colors. No two fish will look alike.
Fly Fishing for Steelhead
Here in the north state we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to fish several different productive steelhead streams which stretch from the Sacramento to the Feather River.
Steelhead have long been known for their voracious fighting abilities and mid air acrobatic displays when hooked, so it's no wonder why they are one of the most sought after sport fish in California.
While the potential to catch these amazing fish is present year 'round on the Sacramento and Feather Rivers Jason tends to focus his efforts to pursuing them at the peak of the runs, usually from November to March, when upriver spawning migrations are taking place.
Sacramento Valley Salmon Fishing
When it comes to fishing for salmon, Northern California offers anglers a wide range of opportunities in regard to methods and styles of take throughout a diverse variety of waters.
Jason typically start the salmon season on the Feather River in June and then switches over to the Sacramento River in August where he fishes all the way into the end of the season in December (as long as river conditions remain favorable).
Throughout the season Jason employs a number of effective techniques including back trolling, back bouncing and side drifting. All of Jason’s approaches to salmon fishing are geared toward accommodating both novice and experienced anglers alike.
Personal instruction in a fun environment will give each passenger the confidence to reel in that "fish of a lifetime". Captain Thatcher’s 24' FishRite jet boat can easily accommodate 6 passengers in unsurpassed comfort and safety.
Starting in April and going until June or sometimes July, stripers will ascend our valley rivers in droves to make their spring spawning run. Jason focuses his striper fishing efforts on the Lower Sacramento River near Colusa and in the Rio Vista area in the Delta.
Spring stripers are very aggressive and will readily take both lures and bait. Jason’s main tactics include speed trolling diving lures and drifting live minnows.
Either way, the bite is violent and the fight will test your stamina and strength. Spring stripers average 4 to 8 lbs. with larger fish taken regularly.
Striper anglers will take advantage of Jason’s spacious 24' FishRite jet boat.
Questions, Booking, and More Info
If you’d like to book a trip with Jason Thatcher of JT Guide Service or if you are just in search of more information don’t hesitate to give Jason a call at (916) 997-2765 or drop him an email at Jason@SacRiverFishing.com.