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12/23/12

Happy Birthday to Me! (Deer Creek Reservoir / Middle Provo

It was a pretty good birthday, not having to work, waking up when I felt like it, making a deluxe breakfast burrito to start my day...

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Mmm, hmm.

When I got around to it (around noon), I decided to take a few hours to make a little fishing trip happen at Deer Creek, then later on at the Middle Provo.

One of my favorite spots on Deer Creek has recently been plagued by "No Parking" signs along the roadside where it's easiest to park. That has been a bother, but I find that the hike and steep rocky shoreline keep most people away.

In all my years of fishing Deer Creek, I'd still never caught a brown trout, but today was sure to end that streak.

The first cast with my Gulp! brought in my first-ever DC brown. Not a bad one either!

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It was released and about 20 minutes and 50 feet of shoreline later, I got my 2nd.

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The weather was great for December 23rd. The wind wasn't much of an issue; a hoody and my waders were all I needed.

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A couple more hours were spent in hopes of hooking something else, but it wasn't meant to be. I fished my way back to where I was parked, then hit the Middle Provo for an hour before calling it a day.

A couple of small browns came in, as well as a mid-sized rainbow.

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Happy Fishing, Humans.

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5 comments:

  1. Looks like a fine way to enjoy your day! Brown trout in Deer Creek? Nice!

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  2. Happy birthday and Merry Christmas Justin! Beautiful fish and photos as usual.

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  3. when does deer creek typically freeze over?

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    1. It doesn't always freeze over completely and sometimes the ice isn't thick enough to fish on, but right around mid December on a cold year is when it starts to freeze.

      This year was a bit warmer into the winter and it is just barely freezing at the north (upstream) end right now.

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WHY FISH?

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.

It's only natural.

Happy Fishing, Humans.