Wyoming Fly Fishing-Adventure after Adventure

The “Cowboy” state has some of the finest river’s to fly fish in the world. This past summer I left my home in Utah several times to explore new water in a state that I hadn’t spent much time in before. In the middle of the summer my friend Derek, my Uncle Kimble, and I met up for an unforgettable trip which included fly fishing in Yellowstone, and some of the amazing tributaries of the Snake River around Jackson Hole.

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The rivers we fished had an abundance of golden stonefly exuviae laying on the surrounding rocks. There must have been a great hatch a month or so earlier, and unsurprisingly fish still keyed in on stonefly nymphs without hesitation.

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Wyoming is home to some of the most scenic rivers in the west. Looking at these images gets me excited for summer to return.

Lickety Split Fly Pattern

Once again the Lickety Split in both brown and black fished very well. For deeper holes, the Rowley Stone was also a favorite.

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Cutthroat trout are known for their willingness to rise to dry flies, but the three of us love Euro Nymphing and fished this method to the many cutthroat trout we came across. Not surprisingly, we were very successful covering the water with such an effective nymphing technique.

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Wyoming is not only home to worldclass fly fishing, but most of Yellowstone and its amazing wildlife as well. We were lucky enough to cross paths with buffalo, as well as a handful of gigantic moose (including the big bull in the video and picture above). It was truly a trip to remember.

Divide and Conquer

Just over a week ago, I had the chance to get out and fish on the middle provo river.  Lucky for me, this river is in my hometown(Heber City, Not Logan :) )and I have had the chance to fish it regularly this winter.  There is one stretch of river that I have fished a couple times this winter, without having as much success as I thought I should have been having.  If you are anything like me when it comes to fishing, it started to really tick me off!  So I decided to go hit the stretch of river that has been haunting me, and try to figure out what I was doing wrong.  My favorite technique to chase trout is euro nymphing, which is what method I was using.  I had even gone as far as reviewing George Daniels dynamic nymphing book to review some technique.

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Once I hit the water, I went to work.  I started out by paying attention to my surrounding.  I checked water temperatures and took a long look at the first little stretch of water that I was going to fish.  This is also a stretch of river that is easily accessible and highly pressured by anglers.  As I took things a little slower, focusing on my technique, I was able to start landing fish before I had even left the parking lot area, in a river that is highly pressured.  I was taking fish out of the river in areas that I had been walking right past it to get upstream.  I ended up having a stellar day which included a pretty good sized rainbow (I love the bows!) of which I don’t catch many of in the provo.  I learned on this particular outing that I need to slow it down and focus on what I’m doing, and focus of the river conditions.  It didn’t even matter what fly I was using, I focused on what I was trying to do, that is, catching fish.  I took a small section of a stream and dissected it, catching fish and then I moved onto the next small section of stream.  So the next time you are out, take your time and fish, without worrying about where the fish were the last time you were on the water, because chances are, they are not!  TIGHT LINES!

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HUGE Discount on Fly Fishing/Tying Supplies

We all like to support our local fly shops right? Well, my local fly shop is making things really easy for everyone to support them. They are having some huge sales right now. There is a new group of owners running the shop and they are looking to move a lot of inventory in the next few weeks so they can revamp the entire store.

Huge Fly Fishing Sale

I’m not kidding when I say it’s a huge sale, 50 cent flies, and ALL fly tying supplies are 60% off right now. I loaded up this week on hooks, tungsten scud bodies, loon fly paint, and tons of other materials.

Simms Guide Boot Sale

They are selling last year’s model Guide Boot for 40% off. I have a pair of these, and they have been my favorite boots I’ve ever owned. They only have a few sizes left so I thought I’d post a picture.

Here is what Andy, one of the new owners has to say about their sale:

Roundrocks Flyfishing Spring Cleaning / Gear Up Sale:
- .50 Flies
- 60% off all fly-tying supplies
- 25-45% off rods, reels, waders, boots (some exclusions apply)
- 40-50% off all accessories, leaders, tippets
- 30-50% off fly lines
- Several in-store specials, including a clearance table where everything is just $1!
- For every $50 you spend in the store per day, you are entered once in a drawing for a free Sage One rod!  Drawing held at the end of the month.
This sale is for all of February, but don’t wait too long, at these prices the gear will move pretty fast!
If you are in the Logan, Utah area make sure and stop by. If you are in the Salt Lake area it might be worth a trip up here, especially if you stick around and fish the Logan. If not, their website is http://www.roundrocks.com/. These sales are not listed on their website, but all their products are. I’d check out what they have online and give them a call at 1-800-992-8774 to order. They are open to assisting anyone interested in this sale. Now is your chance to stock up on all sorts of fly fishing gear. Believe it or not, I’m not getting anything for saying all this. They are a great group of guys trying to make things happen, and its definitely worth checking out!

 

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