Welcome to the Utah Water Log. Join me as I travel across the picturesque state of Utah in search of great fishing and a chance to take in the beauty that can be found along the way.
Tiger Trout Hunt with Family
Saturday was a really nice day, so my family and I got out of town in hopes of cashing in where I found ice 2 weeks ago. The good news is that the ice is gone. The bad news is that the road is closed after the very first parking area on the downstream side of the lake.
There's a ton of heavy equipment up there and it looks like some major road work is being done. Major, as in maybe tearing down a lot of the lakeside cliffs to make room for wider passage. It's just a guess, but that's what it looks like to me.
More bad news is that there were nine cars in the parking area when we arrived, around noon. With all those rides though, I only saw a few people fishing. :?? Weird.
We went to a spot that ended up requiring a bit of a hike to access and it was really good to bend the legs. My 3 year old girl did a great job of keeping up with us and my boy insisted on leading the way, like usual.
It wasn't until we'd reached a secluded spot on the far side of the lake before I realized that I'd forgotten my camera in the truck. Luckily, Sonia brought our old one along.
The fish weren't too cooperative, but they rarely are at that lake. My wife and I both ended up with only a couple of fish each, plus a couple that didn't quite make it to shore.
I scored first with a new lure that I'm trying out, a Live Target swim bait.
A lot of fish followed it, only to turn at the last moment. That happens a lot out there though.
Sonia was throwing a rainbow Vibrax for awhile, but couldn't get anything to do more than investigate. Then I tied on a black marabou for her and she nailed a 21" tiger within a few casts.
After that, I missed a really good one, then brought in a nicely colored male of 21" on the fly rod.
Great bronze on that one, especially for this time of year.
So it wasn't super fast action, but it was worth the hike and drive time to get it done. The kids liked running wild and we enjoyed our catches.
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.