Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon Day #3 Jordanelle Reservoir

The Rockport leg of the Quad-fishalon got canceled a week ago so I thought for sure the Jordanelle one would as well.  Then on thursday I got the email saying it was game on.  Since my dad was going to be down skiing with me on friday he was up for coming out.  I even got my buddy Ryan to tag along.

It was a pretty slow day overall.  Not many fish were caught but the ones that did get caught were quality.

This was the only fish I got all day.  A decent cuttbow but it was nowhere in the running for big fish.  The group right next to us only caught two fish all day but one was the winner...a 25 inch brown.  I was trying to get browns but to no avail.

My dad on the ice was a good call.  He cooked up breakfast and lunch on the ice.  An egg scramble thing, chili dogs, and hot coffee all day...nice!  He even managed a dink perch.  I think we could've caught a bunch of perch but we were targeting the trout mostly.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Thinking Outside of the Fly Box

Sometimes on hard fished rivers, like the Provo, it really pays to think out of the box when it comes to choosing your flies.  Just because everyone else is throwing black zebra midges doesn't mean that is the only thing that will take fish.

I really like fishing worms on the Provo.  This is a purple version of the eggs n' bacon fly.  Purple is a great trout color.

Even though the fish on the Provo see a lot of flies, this chunky brown didn't seem to realize that there are in fact no purple worms actually in the river.  I think tossing something different is helpful especially if you end up fishing a hole someone else just fished through.

It is midge season though and zebra midges always take fish.  I love the trout hunter tippets for fishing the small stuff this time of year.  Pauly and I had a great day on the river today.  We both caught some fish.  I was hoping the midge hatch was going to pop but we didn't see too much action up top.  I am sure the overcast weather didn't help the hatch.  Looking forward to fishing the buffalo midges in the coming weeks for sure!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Wasatch Back Quad-fishalon Day #2 Deer Creek Reservoir

The second day of the Quad-fishalon was at Deer Creek Reservoir.  I had planned on hitting it solo again but we'd had some friends over last night to put in for Smith River permits and I mentioned it to my buddy Pauly and he was more that willing to go waste some time out on the ice.

The weather was pretty awful today.  Started with wind and snow...then switched to wind and rain...then some more wind.  P.S. wind is a douchebag.

The fishing however was pretty dang good though.  It seems like all the pics I took were of Pauly with fish...what can I say he had the hot hand today.   I did catch a couple and we'll see how the scores go for the overall fish total.  I know about half the field got skunked on East Canyon.

Goggles were actually a pretty good idea today with all the wind.

All the bows we caught were in pretty spawning colors.  They did suck to clean though as they milted (i.e. spermed) all over the place when I went to clean them.  The are now destined for the smoker.
Next up is Rockport where we'll be targeting more bows and big browns.