Utah Fly Fishing
The first fish I remember catching was a brook trout. I grew up in a region that isn’t known for it’s fishing, but there is one special gem of a lake that holds some of the most beautiful brookies on the planet. Brook trout have always been my favorite Salmonid. With anticipation for Spring fly fishing here is a short video from a memorable trip last year.
This was the first time that my son was able to take fly fishing into his own hands. I’ve been taking him down to my old stomping grounds each year for the past seven years to chase these fish. However, this year was different. He would leave camp snatching up a fly rod on his way out, walk to the lake and catch a couple of fish, then return to tell us about his success. No fatherly help necessary! I was very proud of him and the future that he is creating for himself in the world of fly fishing. Most of all I was excited to share this place and these fish with him in a similar way I experienced it when I was his age. This is just a teaser of a longer edit to come… enjoy.
For those of you don’t know, at the end of last summer my wife and I started a new adventure which included quitting my stable and comfortable job to pursue other interests in the world of fly fishing. Crazy?!?! Yes, we think so too, but it’s what we love so here we go! Along with that change meant I was able to spend more time on my local rivers than usual. Being that the fall is already an exceptional time of year to fly fish, I felt rather blessed with the additional time I spent tugging on nice fish. The video above is short compilation of some shots I walked away with. Below are some of the more memorable fish and moments recorded by stills broken into categories.
Brown Trout Beauty
Most anglers know that browns color up in the fall preparing for the spawning season. This fall my mind was blown once again by the many fish that were truly remarkable in not only size and strength, but especially color.
I’ve been fishing the same couple of rods for the last five years or so. Some are high end, and others more mid range. I’ve been content with my arsenal until this fall when I first laid hands on Syndicate’s 11′ 3 wt. Most of my fish this fall were caught Euro Nymphing. Many of the larger browns were caught dead drifting large streamers using this same technique. The Syndicate 3 wt performed extremely well under both conditions. Both Kohler and I have enjoyed this rod so much that we decided to pick them up and sell them here on Fly Tying 123. We truly believe they are the best mid price range rod on the market for Euro Nymphing, and we wanted to offer them to our friends. The 3 wt is offered in both 10′ and 11′ lengths. Check them out in our shop here SYNDICATE RODS.
No surprise here, right?!?! The Rowley Stone has been my top producing stonefly for years now. I’m excited that Rainy’s has officially picked up this pattern starting this year, 2016. For those who like to tie, check out the tying video for this pattern ROWLEY STONE it could change your fishing life completely!
Back to Beauty
Tungsten Embryo best egg pattern I fish.
I hope this fall treated all of you just as good.
Here’s to enjoying our current winter conditions for a completely different set of compelling characteristics!
As fly anglers what kinds of connections are we seeking? Connecting with nature, with the fish, with our fishing buddies, with ourselves… more connections than we often realize.
Last week I had the opportunity of teaching four separate individuals (on three separate outings) all about Euro Nymphing. This was unique because only one of them had ever heard of this method and requested to be taught while the others had only cast a fly rod a few times if ever. Typically as a guide I start students off with an indicator and a bounce rig. Often times the fish practically hook themselves with that method and it has proven to be extremely effective for beginners. However, I deviated and dug a little deeper by showing these new comers the art of Euro Nymphing. The results were outstanding in all cases and has caused me to reflect on my willingness to share this technique with new comers.
Jeff A. (Pictured below fighting a fish) might be fairly new to the sport of fly fishing, but he has fully immersed himself over the past few months and has learned more than many seasoned anglers in a very short time. He requested that I teach him some of the European Nymphing techniques such as Czech Nymphing and French Nymphing. He had a great day on the river, and has since informed me of three additional solo outings he has ventured on that have all been very successful.
Royce S. had never caught a fish in his life…thus I started him with a bounce rig. After hours of fruitless efforts on what appeared to be a slow couple days of fishing we switched over to Euro Nymphing. The results were astonishing. His first fish ever was a beautiful 20″ Provo River brown. He then proceeded to hook and land many smaller fish, and to conclude the day he stuck and landed a strong 18″ brown. Spoiled…? Yes indeed!
Royce mentioned what attracted him to Euro Nymphing over the bounce rig after just minutes of switching techniques “I feel so connected! Connected to the flies, connected to the fish.” He nailed the main advantage of a tight line nymphing technique, being connected and feeling everything your flies feel. In my opinion this is the number one reason why this technique is superior to other nymphing methods in most scenarios.
Although not an avid angler, Royce found the connection that many of us are looking for each time we head to the river. I dare say that’s what Euro Nymphing can do.
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