About Me

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“Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” –Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher

Lao Tzu was wise, sure, but he clearly wasn’t a fisherman. If he was, he would’ve said: “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, hook him for a lifetime.”

In 2018, I finally broke the 30-inch mark for trout in flowing water with this 30 1/8″ beast of a Bull Trout that tipped the scales at 10 pounds, 9 ounces. It was released unharmed

This blog exists so I can share my two passions in life — fishing and writing — with those willing to read it.

So next time the fish aren’t hitting your bait, lean back and read about fishing until the fish do bite. You may or may not get hooked, but I encourage you take a moment and get CaughtOvgard.

Buy performance fishing apparel from my online Shop, follow my #SpeciesQuest as I look for that next new species, look at my Gear Up! section to see what gear I recommend that is not sold through my site, or learn the essential skills of fishing with my How To… section.


My Statistics:

Fish Caught: 15,564
Species Caught: 438
All-Tackle World Records:  3 Official
IGFA Trout Grand Slams: 5 Official
IGFA Trout Super Grand Slams: 1 Official

States Fished: 27 (Plus D.C.)
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., Wyoming

Countries Fished: 12
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States


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6 Replies to “About Me”

  1. Luke, My name is Bob Anderson, and I am the VP of Friends of the library. We have a quarterly meeting coming up in January and would like it if you could give a talk on your fishing adventures? I have talked about you in one of our meetings and the folks are very excited if you could be there. The location is at the library. I can give you a firm date in time if this is possible Thanks Bob Andersonrobert

  2. Recently for the first time I hiked in to the Klamath River canyon to look at the river. This was on the south side a few miles back from Topsy. I was wondering if there is better access on the north side of river?

    1. Hey Mike!

      There are three major sections of the river that are accessed above Topsy Reservoir.

      1) You can access the base of the Keno Dam from Clover Creek Road. You’ll come in on the north side of the river. The coordinates of this access point after a long and washboarded gravel road are 42°08’04.4″N 121°57’01.0″W.

      2) The most common access point is parking along Hwy 66 anywhere from 1-5 miles outside of Keno and hiking down. This is tough access and you’ll come in on the south side of the river.

      3) The third access point is where the river dumps into Topsy Reservoir. You’ll come in on the north side of the river here. You access this by crossing the Topsy Bridge over 66 and turning right on Keno Access Road. Take the first major gravel road to the right and follow the road to these coordinates: 42°09’04.3″N 122°01’14.5″W.

      Tight Lines!

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