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Salt Lake City, Utah

Pocket Water

Fly Fishing and Tenkara trip reports, videos, photography and art.







I started fly fishing in 2011.  My wife signed me up for a free introduction to fly fishing at our local shop (Western Rivers Fly Fisher).  That first year, I fished over 150 days.  A few months later for my birthday my wife gave me a Tenkara outfit from Tenkara USA.  Whenever I can, I  fish pocket water on small mountain streams, usually with a Tenkara rod.
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Fishing back in time...

I've been planning this trip for years.   This was a birthday trip designed to entertain a gaggle of kids and for the kid in me.

My first fascination with Dinosaur National Monument began in the 4th grade.  I chose to do a presentation on Duchesne county because at its far eastern border lay Dinosaurland.

Utah Killer Bug

This fly has accounted for a disproportionate number of fish and it's my goto searching pattern.  The wool yarn body in Shetland Spindrift Oyster is incredibly buggy. 

Eggs Over Easy

I figure if I'm gonna catch a fish on eggs it should be a cool egg.

Utah Cuttslam Chapter 3 - Bonneville

Most of the places to net a Bonneville cutthroat around Salt Lake are small streams with small trout.  I don't often fish stllwaters but sometimes I like to feel the tug of a heftier catch.

Utah Cuttslam Chapter 2 - Colorado colors

  I've always assumed the the trout in one of my favorite mountain creeks were Bonneville cutthroat because I knew they were natives.  But there are native Colorado cutties in the northwestern streams of Utah. 

Utah Cuttslam chapter 1 - Yellowstone Country

The gravel road to the Raft River mountains is lonely in a wild West kind of way.  It stretches out into the horizon and seems endless.  The only other motor vehicles are tractors being driven by teenagers.  I was stuck in two traffic jams.  It was bumper to bumper as I inched my way through a herd of black angus.  Then I waited patiently until the family of ranchers with a half dozen kids mounted on horses waved me through their morning pow wow.  

The sound of freedom

What's that sound?  It's my raft inflating itself while I have a beer and set up my rod. 

7 min 42 sec

I gave in.  I threw in the towel.  When I'm solo, it takes me only 15-18 minutes to pump up my 14 ft raft with the K-400 pump.  It is a very cool tool.  But in 90-100 degree heat in the direct sun, it became less of a work out and more of a death march.

Rainbows over Kauai - Read the story

Rainbows over Kauai -
Read the story

Size 20 Blue Wing Olives drew splashy rises

Size 20 Blue Wing Olives drew splashy rises