This is the Part Two installment of MKFF’s Utah Fourth of July adventure; Part Three, Lapping the C, will be available later on in the week, including all of the pictures.
This blog entry is informational in nature; stream locations and identities are disguised to protect the innocent.
During the long hot summer, mountain streams remain cool, clear, and filled with beautiful Trout.
Reading the Water
As opposed to large streams and rivers, Trout residing in small mountain streams have less food sources available to them. Fortunately, this makes them especially inclined to eat a Hopper-Dropper combo. The Trout we were chasing after like to hold in several key locations:
- Head or Tail of Pools
- Deep Undercut Banks
- Long Runs
- Behind Large Rock Obstructions
What to Throw
There are several combinations that seem to work well on small streams. Small general nymph patterns similar to the Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail, and the Gunslinger work very well. I prefer to prospect with a Foam Ant or Hopper, with one of the aforementioned flies as a dropper.
Another nice option; is a Woolly Bugger or a small streamer. I used a Coffee and Black Bugger, which I spun up heavily weighted with lead. My small streamer of choice is always the Black Nosed Dace and/or the Mickey Finn.
A bad day Fly Fishing is better than a good day at work. Simply being out in the back country is enough to disengage and enjoy the scenery. Throw in a few 18 inch Trout, and Matt, Sam, and I had a great time.