Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Kolob ice off

Met Josh at Kolob

I headed up to fish Kolob Reservoir after work to see if I could get into some ice off fishing. I was able to drive to the reservoir and walked to the dam side of reservoir. I fished around to the point between dam and boat dock. I had no luck trying several different things. I was fishing and Josh walked up, we fished together for awhile and no luck. I asked Josh if he wanted to try Blue Springs and he was up for it. We fished the north inlet and didn't have luck for sometime, but I finally ended up getting a nice slab! It was near 20" and probably around 4lb's. Very close after Josh hooked this nice rainbow. It was a little smaller, but still had some serious girth. I snapped this quick pic and we fished until dark. We both had more bites, but nothing else landed. I had a great time, and got to know Josh a lot better. He is a very knowledgeable and am excited about a possible Green River trip in a couple weeks.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Not quite a guide yet!

Thanks to Mike for sneaking a picture of me. However, not very good form. I was throwing a couple flies, thingamabobber, and lots of weight. Whats with all the orange shirts?

We took off for Marble Canyon after work on Thursday. It was Mike, Ty and myself. We had a good dinner at the hotel, then headed back to the room for some fishing dvd's and Mike tied up a few flies for the morning.

We thought we woke up early enough to find some of the hot spots to fish, but I guess 5:30 wasn't early enough. We drove up to the dam to show Mike how small of a spec we would be in case ol Glen decided to burst.

We ended up fishing in the same spot that a guide had taken me to a month earlier. Mike and I started off with a couple quick fish. Mike landing one of them while I chased the boat that almost floated down the river, due to fast rising water. We kept a better eye after that. We fished hard all day, and tried about everything. Mike and I ended up with 4 or 5, and Ty landed a couple.

It appeared that it was a tough day of fishing everywhere. We got off the river around 3:30 and we had 3 guides right behind us. I didn't see too many big smiles from other fishermen, and heard from another fishermen later at home that he knew a guy that didn't do so hot the same day. I think the sun off and on put the fish down. The midges were out, but the fish seem to be put down.

A little side note, for anyone reading this at my work, I post trips at convenience. If I write I went fishing today, that day was most likely on the weekend. If I called in sick and went fishing, well maybe I felt better, or maybe just decided to use up some sick days fishing. If any problems with that please feel free to talk to me about it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Summer Trip

I am planning on hitting all the local waters this year from the Sevier, Boulder mountains, few trips up north to the hit the Provo at my sisters house, and possibly trip to stay at friends and fish the Logan river, just to name a few. However, I want to plan a good summer trip to an "A" list river.

I've really been liking the idea of fishing the South fork of the Snake near Swan Valley Idaho or the Arkansas river in Colorado near Carson City. Both are about 8 hours away and both are prime fishing spots. Arkansas is better for targeting big browns and lots of fish. South Fork is lots of dry fly fishing for lots eager cuts.

I would like to take a guided day on the first day and fish/float on own the second. I figure a 4 day trip would work, a day for driving each way and 2 days of fishing. The average guided trip for two anglers for a full day is $500 on the South Fork. Arkansas is around $350-$400 If we got 3 others beside myself we could really cut the expenses of the trip.

I think around mid-late July would work for the flows on both rivers to be down. Possibly earlier who knows. Let me know if interested.