Between Escalante and Boulder. It's not a place you'd normally look for trout. I stumbled across the fishery years ago when Diana and I stopped to take the hike up to Calf Ck Falls (worth the hike just for that) and take a quick dip in the pool at the bottom of the falls.
Originally Posted by FlyJester
I noticed beaver dams and pools and rising fish. Stunned, I returned to the truck and rigged up a 4wt with some light tippet thinking maybe a brookie or so. Wrong. After losing the first couple of hook-ups I re-tied with stronger tippet. Each of the fish had dived (a good sign that you might just be onto a brown trout). Browns they were and nice, strong, wild ones.
After I'd released a couple of fish ~14-15" long and several smaller ones in the 12" range
a F&G agent "happened" along. I had a license to show him, but we talked at length about this short fishery (maybe 2 miles long???). He just laughed and said that it's one of Utah's best-kept secrets. When I casually mentioned that I might submit an article to a publication about it he warned me that a lot of Utah fly-fishers might want my head. I understood what he meant. This creek is fragile and could be destroyed by heavy fishing, so when I did write the article (this was early '80s) about my trip to Utah I mentioned it only in passing and not in detail and spent more column inches on the upper Green River.
I returned to fish it once two years after the first visit, and I was just wondering if any of you Utah fishers had been on it lately. I know that there were larger browns in it than the ones I released. A couple of those beaver ponds backed up sizeable pools and there was plenty of feed. Hard to fish it in mid-summer. The heat pushes the fish deep in the pools and they're reluctant to rise to a dry. Nymphs are the answer then...not my preference, but better than no fish.
I'll see if I have a photo or transparency that I can scan but no promises.
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