Ruby Plunking!

Smith River - Smith River, CA (Del Norte County)

Cliff Rhoads from Red Bluff,CA holds a true giant Smith River Steelhead of 18 pounds. This fish was wild and released unharmed to pass his genes along.
Photo Credit: Mike Rasmussen

by Mike Rasmussen

Fishing Guide Mike Rasmussen checked in this morning with an update from the Plunking grounds on the Smith River. "Look at this 18 pound pig caught by Cliff Rhoads plunking at Ruby this morning. Wooooweee. As good as it gets!" said Mike.

Mike has called Northern California home his whole life. Fishing the streams of the eastern sierras for trout and the Russian river for steelhead as a young boy, his passion for fishing and the outdoors consumed his childhood as knowledge was gained. Attending high school in Corning, Ca, Mike also spent a great deal of time on the banks of the Sacramento river, chasing Salmon, Steelhead, American Shad and Striped Bass. Mike was fortunate enough to have been taught by some experienced guides that have since passed. Now a guide himself over the last decade, he prides himself on providing a comfortable, fun and enjoyable experience for all those he guides. You will not find another guide in Northern California as devoted as Mike and that spends the amount of time on the water as he does. It definitely shows at the end of the day when the fish are counted.

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