Monday, June 27, 2005

Daniels Creek

I had a safe trip to Utah this afternoon and had enough daylight left to wet a line. A fellow passenger told me that there had been plenty of rain and a that the snowmelt was still keeping the rivers high. I made an executive decision that I might as well look at the small water instead of trying the Provo.

It was a good decision! I drove through Heber City and headed up Daniels Canyon. As I pulled over at the spot where I wanted to start, another fisherman pulled up and stepped down to the creek. He quickly came back to his car and said there was a hatch going on and that he had already caught a 12" Cutthroat.

I moved up to the next pullout and observed the hatch.

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These small reddish brown Mayflies had already come off the water. They were about size 14 red quill. The fish were not rising that I could see and I tried to use the fly rod but the brush was so thick I wasn't doing any good. I remembered the trip Paul and I had made to this spot four years ago and we had good luck using an ultralight spinning rod and a white roostertail spinner. I guess it still works!

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I caught several 10-12" cutts and then I saw "the spot". I probably should have gone back for the flyrod since there was enough room here to cast. Doesn't this look like home to a big fish?

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This was a nice 15" Cutthroat. What a thrill!

These fish are beautiful and full of fight. I'll be back tomorrow!

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Great pictures! It looks like you had fun. Hope you have time to go back today.

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