Deer Creek and I go way back, but we're not necessarily friends. I've lost many an hour of my life at Deer Creek in pursuit of trout and have only caught a few during open water months.
It would be nice if DC and I could settle our little feud because it's so close to home that I could easily be on the water in less than 30 minutes. I believe we're working things out between us during the winter months though.
Ice season is much better for me. Given my history at Deer Creek, my first trip on the ice had me expecting a skunk, but I actually pulled some pretty nice rainbows through the hole. The ensuing trips provided the same, to my amazement.
The usual catch is the very prolific DINK smallmouth bass.
In fact, here's my biggest smallmouth out of there:
I know that huge fish swim the waters of Deer Creek and I've seen them before. 30 inch walleye are in there. Giant browns, a ton of rainbows and a few cutthroat. That being the case, DC is also known for massive, pole breaking carp as well. Holdsworth broke an Ugly Stik on one.
Beware of this guy. I don't think the traditional methods will work on him.
Why not go jogging, hit the gym, start a garden or whatever it is that normal humans do? What's so fascinating about these slimy little creatures that live in the water?
Fishing is a bit more to me than a hobby or a sport. It's an essential part of life that helps me connect with the Earth in ways similar to the long-practiced traditions of mankind. Wherever man has had a water source, there has been fishing.
This is a photo of my kitchen blinds, through the bottom of a drinking glass.
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Travis Sylvester is a local Utah artist, whom I've known for a few years. His artwork is sensational and he seems to improve with every new piece. He reproduced one of my cutthroat photos in colored pencil and it turned out great. Check out his website and click this pic.
While Googling trout images one day, I stumbled upon some art by A.D. Maddox and became a fan right away. Photos link to her site.