Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Antelope Season

I haven't been posting much lately.  Got a new job, helped a buddy pack an elk out from way back in, and finally got to do some hunting for myself.  I haven't been antelope hunting in several years so I was pretty glad that my buddy Jay and I drew antlerless tags for Utah.  It took us a while to find the antelope but we filled all four tags.   Some long shots, some close shots and lots of stalking and belly crawling through the desert.  I won't be going antelope hunting without my sitka pants with the knee pads ever again.  After putting them through the ringer this weekend I am super impressed.  Check 'em out at

A well earned after hunt beer!

We've been processing meat for the last couple days but it is done and in the freezer.  I think we are both excited to try out our antelope bratwurst.  It was the first time either of us had made brats so we'll see how they turn out.  

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Top 5 Uinta Mountain Lake Flies

If you spend much time in the backcountry you'll appreciate the value of versatility in fly selection. When I am fishing in high country lakes it seems I go back to the same patterns over and over again.  Here is a list of my top five flies for fishing the high mountain lakes of the Uintas here in Utah but the list will prove worthy anywhere in the high country.

#1 - Renegade

The renegade can be fished dry or wet.  Is it a beetle, an ant, a caddis, a nymph???  Who cares, the fish don't so neither do I.

#2 - Flying Ant

This is one of the staples of dry fly action in the mountains.  Hoppers and not present in the numbers when you get up around 10,000 feet but ants are everywhere.  When a hatch of flying ants is happening expect some of the best fishing of the season.  I don't know why the fish love ants so much but they do, trust me on this one.

#3 - Simi Seal Leech

This is my number one prospecting fly when I first come to a lake.  Fish it deep during the middle of the day and you may be surprised by the results.  It is a simple tie, very effective, and could potentially produce the biggest fish of a trip.

#4 - Chromie

Midges are probably one of the most important food sources for high mountain trout.  This pattern was designed by Phil Rowley who has done a lot of research in designing his flies.  It can be fish on a slow retrieve or under an indicator.

#5 - Fast Sinking Scud

Not all mountain lakes have scuds but the ones that do often have the biggest fish.  I tie this one with those tungsten bodies which cause the fly to sink rapidly and to flip over which can often trigger a strike.

Honorable Mentions - Parachute Adams, Fullback, and Hare's Ear

Sunday, October 2, 2011

One Last Trip - Long Lake

Went up to the Uintas for one last day in the high country before winter shuts us out.  A couple guys, a couple dogs, and some pretty brookies - not a bad way to spend a saturday if you ask me.  We caught fish on renegades, stimis, and simi seal leeches.  We didn't catch the numbers we had hoped but we did well enough, fished some new country, and made plans for a return trip.

Spawning colors.

Brookie spots.

Get me outta here.

Underwater fight.

High Uinta lake.

Hydrating for the hike out.

Driving home.