Posts Tagged ‘fly fishing utah’

The Rainbow Charm

The middle Provo has been off the hook as of late, and I've had the opportunity of guiding some great people. A client, Dennis, was telling me about a rainbow he caught years ago in Montana that was etched in his memory forever. When I told him that along with brown trout, and whitefish, the middle Provo is home to a number of rainbow trout he got excited. They are the rarest catch of the three salmonids in the stream, but not impossible to come by. As we began the day I could tell that he had one species on his mind, and no matter how good of a guide I am I can't take credit for the fact that the first fish of the day was this awesome rainbow. Just Dennis' luck I guess. In appreciation of being Dennis' best rainbow to date, she (the fish) stood up on tail for the pic, and immediately after she took a bow. Just one more reason to fish the Provo, we have very talented fish here:)


The Giver of my Time

I'm such a sucker for turkey and gravy, so yes I'm excited it's Thanksgiving once again. It always returns sometime between really good fall trout fishing, and solitary majestic winter fishing. This year, for the first time, we are spending Thanksgiving with family in Mesa, AZ. Its great, the sun is warm, the company is great, and the food will be amazing (always is). And although yesterday afternoon I found myself fishless, stripping leaches and streamers through the pools of a thirsty Lower Salt River, I couldn't help but reflect on how fortunate I am! I don't know how often I tell acquaintances that I fish a minimum of once a week, and usually more (often much more) than that. Their jaws drop, and their eyes bulge every time. "I'm lucky to make it out once a month!" is a common reply. That's why I can't help but be thankful for my wife who allows me so much time on the water. Even if fishing with me isn't on her list of favorite things to do, at least she understands and supports my addiction. So this Thanksgiving I'm especially grateful for my sweet wife for, among MANY other things, the time I'm allowed to fish. Thanks babe! You truly are the best!

Ensinada Mexico where she out fished everyone on the boat. At this point in our marriage this yellow tail was the largest fish either of us had ever caught. Thank goodness for a trip to Alaska that helped me get back on top!

A few years ago, upon meeting Jon Voight he looked us over and said "How did YOU end up with her?" I agree, and I'm still not sure how I got so lucky!

Proof of really meeting Jon Voight. See, I wasn't lying about that so you can believe my fish stories too… well most of them anyway!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Fish Early on the Provo River

I had some incredible days on the Provo this week, but one thing remained constant- the crowds were crazy! With the long runoff and delayed season it seems everyone has come out at once. Thats why I am recommending to anyone who plans on fishing any stretch of the Provo to start early and get to good water first, or your day may be spent hiking instead of fishing.

On a positive note, the river is fishing very well right now with small stones, PMDs, and caddis hatching constantly throughout the day. All hatches are in full bloom, and even if they are put to shame by the angler hatch that is ever so present right now the fishing is great.


Fat Browns on the SF

Besides almost stepping on a rattle snake in the first five minutes of being at the river, the day went really well. I fish the SF any chance I get because of the challenges it presents. It is a difficult river to fish because of the overall lack of fish due to the lack of good habitat. However, the fish that reside there are fat and very fun to catch!

The flies of the day were the Rowley Stone and the Two-toned Surveyor. All of the fish I caught were taken on one of these two flies. Learn to tie these flies at

As I was wrapping up the day my brother in-law brought his son down to the river to watch me catch fish. I lucked out and landed this nice brownie which was a treat for all of us.