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The Utah Experience

PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 5:43 pm
by erik.ostrander
Utah has just passed legislation severely impacting water access. The bill went into effect this last Monday, so I decided to get out and see what was still available to the public.

Friday morning I put on sandals, pack the car and head out. After an hour or so drive I find myself in a spring-blizzard and realize my hopes of a sunny, warm weekend have just frozen out.

Upon reaching the creek and inspecting the water, I decided that the fish would be really spooky and I was only going to be able to catch fish long-distance. Western rod came out, and after an hour of pure frustration I decided I would either snap my western rod over my knee or let-loose the Amago.

Within 20 minutes my third fish was caught - a nice 17" brown on a Hare's ear

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The fishing was slow enough to take pictures of the scenery:
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I ended up with 15+ fish landed - a bit slow for my liking with Tenkara.


Next day and a nother river with public access.
Nothing was hatching, but these two caddis didn't care. They didn't even mind me capturing a photo or two while they were doing "the deed".
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Tied on a hare's ear again, and brought this fellow to hand:
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Funny thing about this fish is that I think my friend caught it last year in the same hole I did. Last year it was just barely 18", now a bit over 18.5" The Amago handled the fish with ease - even with 15' leader + 4' tippet.

The hole where I landed the fish was caught in the hole behind me. Make sure you are protected from skin cancer.
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Next hole produced this beautiful Cutthroat in spawning colors.
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The hole:
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I didn't catch a fish here, but I wanted to show you what Utah has to offer (even with severe access restrictions)
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I just thought this pic was cool:
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All in all, Utah still has a lot to offer. The fishing was a bit slower than usual, but the Hare's Ear nymph came to the rescue.

Tight lines.

Re: The Utah Experience

PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2010 5:51 pm
by rsetina
Wow! Nice day on the water despite the closed water. Loved all the photos of the fish but the last photo is very nice. By the way, my wife likes wearing a buff too. She does it to stay out of the sun.

Re: The Utah Experience

PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 6:09 am
by solocanoe
oh MY! wonderful photos! THANK YOU!

Utah is certainly on my list to visit extensively "pre-retirement" - that year-ish trip I plan on taking figuring out where I want to make home base. Trouble is that's at least 10 to 15 years off and your pics make me want to do it now! :lol:

Interesting how the thought was you "needed" the distance of the long casts/western rod...and then the Tenkara set up outfished it! I am certainly seeing the same thing.

I thought about it the other day - another day of huge success and crazy numbers with Tenkara - and decided that maybe western flyfishing has evolved to appeal to fishermen...and Tenkara is still true to putting food on the family table. (just my guess) It's true I couldn't reach the fish 20 yards away...but it's kinda hard to complain when I'm tearing them up close at hand. :roll:

Re: The Utah Experience

PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 6:17 am
by blatt1970
:o
wow³³³!
Astonishing pictures, fish and place... I think i'm a bit
on the envious side, sorry for that,
just can't help my self seeing all those beauties! :mrgreen:
Thanks for sharing!

Re: The Utah Experience

PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 7:31 am
by riffle
Hi Erik,

Great pics and beautiful scenery. Yes, we do have great outdoors here in Utah. Were you fishing up or down stream, reg. or softie, weighted or split shot?

Congrats on a great story and pics.

Riffle

Re: The Utah Experience

PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 12:27 pm
by erik.ostrander
riffle wrote:Hi Erik,

Great pics and beautiful scenery. Yes, we do have great outdoors here in Utah. Were you fishing up or down stream, reg. or softie, weighted or split shot?

Congrats on a great story and pics.

Riffle


Lee,

I tried all sorts of things - all up stream. The only thing I caught fish on all weekend long, and I mean all weekend long, was a beadhead-flashback-Hare's Ear.

That's it, nothing else worked and believe me I tried.

Recently I've been doing a double dropper setup tied up with a Seaguar knot. It's basically a faster, stronger version of a triple surgeon's knot.

How about you? Been swinging softies?

Re: The Utah Experience

PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 12:55 pm
by troutrageous1
Wow...thanks for posting those pics. Utah certainly is some beautiful country. I've been out to SLC & Logan for business a few times (but never to fish :x ). That will need to change the next time.

Re: The Utah Experience

PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 3:16 am
by riffle
Hi Erik,

Yes I have been swinging the softies every chance I get. Been very productive on the MPR even with the higher water. Also using the Leisinring Lift to great advantage. Using a GRHE SH almost exclusively. Have not been able to hit the lakes yet, will let you know when I do.

Riffle

Re: The Utah Experience

PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 11:54 pm
by Daniel @ Tenkara USA
Great shots, gorgeous fish! Thanks for posting these.

Re: The Utah Experience

PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 1:56 pm
by BrianF
That is one pretty cutthroat.