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Salt Lake City, Utah
USA

Strange waters...

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Strange waters...

An Dinh

My plan was to fish one of my favorite small streams down South.  But 2 years of heavy rain and runoff in the area have not been kind to the road leading to the stream.  The first few miles are essentially impassable without 4x4 and high clearance.  And since it's mostly people on horseback or ATVs, the trees have grown in from either side and scraped the Honda like nails on a chalkboard.  Luckily, my new suspension was able to handle the road and get me on the water.  But, my normally crystal clear stream was a bit high and stained from recent and unusually wet May thunderstorms.  It was the wettest May in Utah history, so the really great fishing on these small streams has been pushed back a few weeks.   I caught a few fish here and there on dries, but I didn't get the sight fishing that I crave.

Lance sent me some pictures of a bizarre swimming hole and fishing spot I could hit on the long road home to Salt Lake.

The road is a dead flat dirt road through high desert grassland.  You can't see the water at all until you get within 20 feet.  It bubbles up out of the ground and remains warm all year long.  It's a hot spring in a giant meadow.  Three hot springs to be exact.

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Locals like to swim and picnic here.

There are colorful fish in the pools - ciclids like the ones I found at Blue Lake.

Lance caught a nice sapphire colored fish.  They are mostly small, with a few bigger fish in the deeper spots.

Lance's fish is nicer than the little emerald spotted ciclids that I caught in the 3 inch range. It was very windy by the time I got to the hot springs, so I dipped my feet and ate a sandwich before heading home.  

Lance's fish is nicer than the little emerald spotted ciclids that I caught in the 3 inch range.

It was very windy by the time I got to the hot springs, so I dipped my feet and ate a sandwich before heading home.