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John Farrar

John Farrar Steelhead Guide

When we asked John Farrar his thoughts on steelhead fishing, his reply was simple, yet thoughtful. He said, " I love the Pacific Northwest, and I love fly fishing for rainbow trout... Steelhead epitomize the best of both. " Talking with John, his passion for all aspects of the sport is immediately obvious. That passion has stuck with him through twenty-seven years of professional guiding.

Following the fish through the season, John makes his living on many of the great Northwest rivers. December through April he guides the Skagit & Sauk. May through September finds him on the Cowlitz for summer-run steelhead and cutthroat trout and on the Yakima river for resident rainbow trout. In the Autumn, he migrates east to fish dry flies for the free rising steelhead of the Grande Ronde.

While John is a constant student of the game, he is also recognized as one of the finest instructors in the Northwest. No matter which river you fish with him, you’ll definitely walk away with an advanced education in finding Northwest steelhead or trout with the fly.

Contact Info

Steelhead Guide: John Farrar
Business Name: John Farrar Fly Fishing Guide
Guides Rivers: Skagit, Sauk, Grande Ronde, Hoh, Cowlitz, and Yakima.
Licensed Guide: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Type of Trips: Day Trips
Phone: 1(888) 881-1576

John Farrar Fish Head Shot

John Farrar Steelhead Guide

We asked John what gear he uses to make a living... Here it is.

  • Rio MOW Light Floating Tip
  • Rio MOW Light Sink-tips T-8
  • Rio Skagit Flight Head Mega Kit
  • Rio Steelhead Scandi Head
  • Rio AFS Shooting Head Kit
  • Rio AFS Shooting Head Mega Kit
  • Rio MOW Sink -tip Kit
  • Rio MOW Heavy Sink-tips
  • Rio MOW Medium Sink-tip T-11
  • Rio MOW Medium Floating Tip
  • Rio MOW Heavy Floating Tip
  • Rio Skagit Flight Head Versitip
  • Rio Scandi Short Versi Tip
  • Rio Steelhead Scandi Head Mega Kit
  • Rio Skagit Flight Head
  • Rio AFS Shooting Head
  • Rio Powerflex Core Floating Shooting Line
  • Rio T-17, T-14, T-11, T-8 Sink-tip Material
  • Simms Extream Sock
  • Simms Freestone Half-Finger Glove
  • Simms Dry Creek Boat Bag - Large

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