Utah Fly Fishing

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UT - Duchesne River: 40.212868, -110.403885
UT - Green River: 38.989136, -110.150857
UT - Provo River: 40.404608, -111.528783
UT - Rock Creek: 41.347691, -111.615740
UT - Weber River: 41.137571, -111.882888
UT - Yellowstone Creek: 40.601116, -110.347542
DOLORES RIVER NEAR CISCO, UT: 38.797208, -109.195114
COLORADO RIVER NEAR CISCO, UT: 38.810541, -109.293449
CASTLE CREEK BELOW CASTLE VALLEY NEAR MOAB, UT: 38.673871, -109.450117
MILL CREEK AT SHELEY TUNNEL, NEAR MOAB, UT: 38.483040, -109.404004
MILL CREEK BELOW SHELEY TUNNEL, NEAR MOAB, UT: 38.485718, -109.411104
COLORADO RIVER AT POTASH, UT: 38.504722, -109.658333
GREEN RIVER NEAR GREENDALE, UT: 40.908293, -109.422914
GREEN RIVER NEAR JENSEN, UT: 40.409408, -109.235404
BIG BRUSH CRK ABV RED FLEET RES, NR VERNAL, UT: 40.588848, -109.465414
ASHLEY CR ABV SP NR VERNAL UT: 40.588847, -109.622919
GREEN RIVER AT OURAY, UTAH: 40.084686, -109.676805
DUCHESNE RIVER NEAR TABIONA, UT: 40.300230, -110.602381
ROCK CREEK NEAR MOUNTAIN HOME, UT: 40.493280, -110.578217
STRAWBERRY RIVER AT PINNACLES NEAR FRUITLAND, UT: 40.127178, -110.741824
CURRANT CREEK NEAR FRUITLAND, UT: 40.200231, -110.907662
STRAWBERRY RIVER NEAR DUCHESNE, UT: 40.154679, -110.554879
LAKE FORK RIVER AB MOON LAKE, NR MOUNTAIN HOME, UT: 40.606613, -110.527107
LAKE FORK RIVER BL MOON LAKE NR MOUNTAIN HOME, UT: 40.556336, -110.484606
YELLOWSTONE R @ BRIDGE CMPGRND NR ALTONAH, UT: 40.546337, -110.333771
YELLOWSTONE RIVER NEAR ALTONAH, UT: 40.511893, -110.341549
DUCHESNE RIVER AT MYTON, UT: 40.200238, -110.063761
DUCHESNE RIV ABV UINTA RIV, NR RANDLETT, UT: 40.206628, -109.859867
UINTA R BLW POWERPLANT DIVERSION, NR NEOLA, UT: 40.591340, -110.114323
WHITEROCKS RIVER NEAR WHITEROCKS, UT: 40.593565, -109.932374
UINTA RIVER AT RANDLETT, UT: 40.233572, -109.803755
DUCHESNE RIVER NEAR RANDLETT, UT: 40.210278, -109.781389
WHITE RIVER NEAR WATSON, UTAH: 39.978856, -109.178727
FAIRVIEW TUNNEL NEAR FAIRVIEW, UT: 39.667462, -111.312124
FISH CREEK ABOVE RESERVOIR, NEAR SCOFIELD, UT: 39.774406, -111.191006
MUD CRK BL WINTER QUARTERS CYN @ SCOFIELD, UT: 39.721629, -111.161283
WHITE R BL TABBYUNE CRK NR SOLDIER SUMMIT, UT: 39.875793, -111.037388
DESERT SEEP WASH NEAR WELLINGTON, UTAH: 39.421079, -110.646268
PRICE RIVER AT WOODSIDE, UT: 39.264444, -110.342778
GREEN RIVER AT GREEN RIVER, UT: 38.986083, -110.151248
EPHRAIM TUNNEL NEAR EPHRAIM, UT: 39.329686, -111.431575
FERRON CREEK (UPPER STATION) NEAR FERRON, UT: 39.104137, -111.216559
SAN RAFAEL RIVER NEAR GREEN RIVER, UT: 38.858308, -110.370147
SAN RAFAEL RIVER AT MOUTH NEAR GREEN RIVER, UT: 38.757761, -110.143528
GREEN RIVER AT MINERAL BOTTOM NR CYNLNDS NTL PARK: 38.524028, -109.994417
SEVEN MILE CREEK NEAR FISH LAKE, UT: 38.627752, -111.647965
FREMONT RIVER NEAR BICKNELL, UT: 38.306925, -111.518792
MUDDY CREEK NEAR EMERY, UT: 38.983222, -111.250000
DIRTY DEVIL R AB POISON SP WSH NR HANKSVILLE UT: 38.094153, -110.407364
PINE CREEK NEAR ESCALANTE, UT: 37.862487, -111.636011
ESCALANTE RIVER NEAR ESCALANTE, UT: 37.778044, -111.574618
SOUTH CREEK ABOVE RESERVOIR NEAR MONTICELLO, UT: 37.846661, -109.369563
RECAPTURE CREEK NEAR BLANDING, UT: 37.755550, -109.476511
SAN JUAN RIVER NEAR BLUFF, UT: 37.146946, -109.864844
PARIA RIVER NEAR KANAB, UTAH: 37.107484, -111.906010
KANAB CREEK NEAR KANAB, UT: 37.100541, -112.547983
EAST FORK VIRGIN RIVER NEAR GLENDALE, UT: 37.339427, -112.604377
EAST FORK VIRGIN RIVER NEAR SPRINGDALE, UT: 37.164150, -112.958550
NORTH FORK VIRGIN RIVER NEAR SPRINGDALE, UT: 37.209705, -112.978551
VIRGIN RIVER AT VIRGIN, UT: 37.204149, -113.180779
VIRGIN RIVER AB LA VERKIN CREEK NR LA VERKIN, UT: 37.196927, -113.285226
LEEDS CREEK NEAR LEEDS, UT: 37.267482, -113.370784
VIRGIN RIVER AB QUAIL CREEK NEAR HURRICANE, UT: 37.192482, -113.353283
VIRGIN RIVER NEAR HURRICANE, UT: 37.162760, -113.395229
FORT PEARCE WASH NEAR ST. GEORGE, UT: 37.001649, -113.468841
SANTA CLARA RIVER NEAR PINE VALLEY, UT: 37.383313, -113.483288
SANTA CLARA RIVER ABV BAKER RES, NR CENTRAL, UT: 37.384701, -113.631905
SANTA CLARA RIV BLW WINSOR DAM, NR SANTA CLARA, UT: 37.190000, -113.768056
SANTA CLARA RIVER AT ST. GEORGE, UT: 37.075259, -113.593013
VIRGIN RIVER NEAR BLOOMINGTON, UT: 37.070000, -113.583889
VIRGIN RIVER NEAR ST. GEORGE, UT: 37.014424, -113.680516
BEAVER DAM WASH NEAR ENTERPRISE, UT: 37.469975, -114.046646
BEAR RIVER NEAR UTAH-WYOMING STATE LINE: 40.965225, -110.853508
BEAR RIVER AT EVANSTON, WY: 41.269861, -110.963694
BEAR RIVER ABOVE RESERVOIR, NEAR WOODRUFF, UT: 41.434390, -111.017686
BEAR RIVER BELOW RESERVOIR, NEAR WOODRUFF, UT: 41.505501, -111.014632
BIG CREEK NEAR RANDOLPH, UT: 41.609942, -111.254088
BEAR RIVER AT PESCADERO, ID: 42.401593, -111.356875
BEAR RIVER AT IDAHO-UTAH STATE LINE: 42.012981, -111.921340
LITTLE BEAR RIVER AT PARADISE, UT: 41.575490, -111.855220
LOGAN RIVER ABOVE STATE DAM, NEAR LOGAN, UT: 41.743264, -111.782720
BLACKSMITH FORK AB UP and L CO.'S DAM NR HYRUM, UT: 41.623545, -111.738829
BEAR RIVER NEAR CORINNE, UT: 41.576321, -112.100782
WEBER RIVER NEAR OAKLEY, UT: 40.737172, -111.247965
WEBER RIVER NEAR WANSHIP, UT: 40.792726, -111.404918
SILVER CREEK NEAR SILVER CREEK JUNCTION, UT: 40.735226, -111.476031
WEBER RIVER NEAR COALVILLE, UT: 40.895225, -111.401863
CHALK CREEK AT COALVILLE, UT: 40.920503, -111.401586
WEBER RIVER AT ECHO, UT: 40.967725, -111.437699
LOST CREEK NEAR CROYDEN, UTAH: 41.176333, -111.406309
MCLEOD CREEK NEAR PARK CITY, UT: 40.687450, -111.533532
E CANYON CR BL I-80 REST STOP NR PARK CITY, UT: 40.723838, -111.519644
EAST CANYON CREEK NEAR JEREMY RANCH, UT: 40.759670, -111.564091
EAST CANYON CREEK AB EAST CYN RES NR MORGAN, UTAH: 40.870780, -111.585204
EAST CANYON CREEK NEAR MORGAN, UT: 40.922446, -111.607150
WEBER RIVER AT GATEWAY, UT: 41.136888, -111.832438
SOUTH FORK OGDEN RIVER NEAR HUNTSVILLE, UT: 41.268552, -111.674100
OGDEN RIVER BL PINEVIEW RES NR HUNTSVILLE, UT: 41.254387, -111.855773
OGDEN RIVER NR GIBSON AVENUE AT OGDEN, UT: 41.231819, -111.984497
WEBER RIVER NEAR PLAIN CITY, UT: 41.278277, -112.091887
FARMINGTON CR ABV DIV NR FARMINGTON, UTAH: 41.001333, -111.873272
SALT CRK BL NEPHI POWERPLANT DIV NR NEPHI, UT: 39.717180, -111.733540
SALT CREEK AT NEPHI, UT: 39.713012, -111.804376
CURRANT CREEK NEAR MONA, UT: 39.802454, -111.862991
SUMMIT CREEK ABV SUMMIT CR CANAL NR SANTAQUIN UT: 39.944472, -111.774889
SIXTH WATER CRK AB SYAR TUN NR SPRINGVILLE, UT: 40.118012, -111.314622
DIAMOND FORK ABV RED HOLLOW NR THISTLE, UT: 40.076345, -111.383237
SPANISH FORK AT CASTILLA, UT: 40.049678, -111.547971
HOBBLE CREEK AT 1650 WEST AT SPRINGVILLE, UTAH: 40.178872, -111.639338
PROVO RIVER NEAR WOODLAND, UT: 40.557728, -111.168784
PROVO RIVER NEAR HAILSTONE, UT: 40.600786, -111.331572
PROVO RIV AT RIV ROAD BRIDGE NR HEBER CITY, UT: 40.554398, -111.433243
PROVO RIVER NEAR CHARLESTON, UT: 40.484122, -111.463520
SNAKE CREEK NEAR CHARLESTON, UT: 40.485233, -111.467131
DANIELS CREEK AT CHARLESTON, UT: 40.460789, -111.472687
PROVO RIVER AT PROVO, UT: 40.237732, -111.699370
AMERICAN FK AB UPPER POWERPLANT NR AMERICAN FK, UT: 40.447730, -111.682147
WEST CANYON CREEK NEAR CEDAR FORT, UT: 40.405226, -112.100496
BUTTERFIELD CREEK NEAR LARK, UTAH: 40.507778, -112.107500
LITTLE COTTONWOOD CREEK @ JORDAN RIVER NR SLC: 40.663836, -111.901880
JORDAN RIVER @ 1700 SOUTH @ SALT LAKE CITY, UT: 40.733557, -111.923270
RED BUTTE CREEK AT FORT DOUGLAS, NEAR SLC, UT: 40.779946, -111.806045
GOGGIN DRAIN NEAR MAGNA UTAH: 40.816611, -112.100777
VERNON CREEK NEAR VERNON, UT: 39.979391, -112.380230
FAUST CREEK NEAR VERNON, UT: 40.160501, -112.431064
SOUTH WILLOW CREEK NEAR GRANTSVILLE, UT: 40.496331, -112.574403
TROUT CREEK NEAR CALLAO, UT: 39.744108, -113.889995
DUNN CREEK NEAR PARK VALLEY, UT: 41.858530, -113.327219
MAMMOTH CREEK ABV WEST HATCH DITCH, NEAR HATCH, UT: 37.622757, -112.516877
SEVIER RIVER AT HATCH, UT: 37.651091, -112.430207
SEVIER RIVER NEAR KINGSTON, UT: 38.206090, -112.207702
EAST FORK SEVIER RIVER NEAR KINGSTON, UT: 38.196370, -112.147701
CLEAR CREEK ABOVE DIVERSIONS, NEAR SEVIER, UT: 38.579417, -112.288540
SALINA CREEK NEAR EMERY, UT: 38.911914, -111.530465
MANTI CREEK BLW DUGWAY CREEK, NR MANTI, UT: 39.259129, -111.579916
SEVIER RIV BLW SAN PITCH RIV NR GUNNISON, UT: 39.155239, -111.877705
SEVIER RIVER NEAR JUAB, UT: 39.374680, -112.039656
SEVIER RIVER NEAR LYNNDYL, UT: 39.481898, -112.393834
BEAVER RIVER NEAR BEAVER, UT: 38.280526, -112.568271
COAL CREEK NEAR CEDAR CITY, UT: 37.672199, -113.034670
MUDDY CREEK BL MILLER CANYON NR EMERY, UTAH: 38.867198, -111.205169
MOLEN SEEP WASH NEAR FERRON, UT: 39.015167, -111.071556

If you're in search of not just any old fish, but rather, the "big one", then you need to go to a state that is known for just such a specimen. Look no further than the state of Utah, which offers a wide variety of fly fishing opportunities. You will love the fact that it's just one big type of fish, but there are many different ones all in the trout family. To ensure the trout stay plentiful the waters are stocked with them, thanks to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Common trout that you'll come across while fishing are golden, lake, brown, brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. Just as a side note, the state record for the largest lake trout caught is a whopping 51 pounds and 8 ounces, so you've got some big shoes to fill. Of the different trout, the brookies tend to be the most common and the browns are least common. These different varieties flourish, thanks to the cold water temperatures in Utah.

​Where to Go?

Of course, your fly fishing adventure will only be as good as the spot you pick, so you’ll want to hit up all the best areas of the state. Let’s take a closer look at some of the standout locations that are known for fabulous fly fishing opportunities.

Fish Lake

Fish Lake is a very well-known lake among anglers, and for that reason it can get pretty busy. The lake can be found on the Fish Lake Hightop Plateau, which means you'll be at an elevation of 8,800 feet. Expect to find large varieties of lake trout, yellow perch, rainbow trout, and a hybrid trout breed known as splake. You've got the option of fishing from the shore or taking a boat out onto the lake. If you’re after lake trout, you'll probably need a boat so you can access the deepest areas of the water, which is where the lake trout tend to be. Opt for deep down riggers or troll with your lures just below the surface of the water. Deep water fishing requires heavy jigs with bait such as sucker meat, dead minnows, and night crawlers.

One thing to note is that if you do plan to fish from the shore, the weeds can get pretty thick, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when considering what gear to pack. A good piece of gear to use here is a small jig that has bait on the tip.

Boulder Mountain

If you plan to fish at Boulder Mountain, it is suggested that you head to the east side of the mountain. Here, you will find a massive collection of reservoirs and lakes, giving you plenty to choose from. This area isn't quite as accessible from the big cities, so it's more of a trek. Some of the typical fish you'll find in the 80 or so reservoirs and lakes include cutthroats, rainbows, sterile hybrids, and brookies. Keep in mind that the fishing season here is a bit shorter, as it doesn't offer year-round opportunities. You can visit the area between May and November.

Weber River

The Weber River presents anglers with a great opportunity to enjoy trout fishing. This river begins in the Uinta Mountains on a slope facing the west. The river runs all the way to the valley below, with some sections running through some pretty urban areas. The Weber River is popular with those looking for a quick day trip or even afternoon getaway. There are different trout located along the river with the brown trout to be found near the bottom and the rainbow and cutthroat up near the highest point of the river. You will also be able to fish for whitefish in the river. The peak fishing period is July through to October.

Strawberry Reservoir

Conveniently located just one out outside of the busy city of Salt Lake City is the Strawberry Reservoir. Again, you'll find a variety of trout, such as rainbow, brookies, browns, and cutthroat, and you can also find Kokanee salmon. It is recommended you have a float tube, pontoon, or boat if you wish to fish here. Use nymphs, leeches, streamers, and sinking lines for the best results. Again, the peak fishing season is July through to September, but you can still fish here the other months of the year.

Green River

Green River is ideal for wade or drift styles of fly fishing. The water is just teeming with trout, such as cutthroats, rainbows, wild brown, and brookies. As well, you may come across whitefish. Green River's claim to fame is in holding the record of the most trout per mile for all the rivers in the country. It's a bit of a trek from Salt Lake City, three hours to be exact, but well worth it. If you like to wade, you can make use of the trail that is on the stream side of the river. If you'd prefer to use a drift boat, you may have better luck catching trout. Another tip is that you check out local fly shops for the best gear just to be sure you pick up what will work.

Keep in mind that you need to use artificial lures or flies in this area, as this is a regulation. Although it's not required you catch and release, it is encouraged. Make use of rapalas, spinners, and fly tackle all of which the trout respond to.

​When to Go?

Breaking down the seasons through the year, you'll find the experience to be quite different depending on the month you visit. From December through to February is the coldest time of year, and it's when you'll find the least amount of fish. If you plan on fishing during the winter, be sure to dress warm, make use of big streamers and midges, and expect to come across rainbow trout and giant brown trout in various streams.

Once March rolls around, the numbers will start to increase and you'll find you can catch a whole lot more. This pattern continues until the end of May. It's during this time that various bug hatches happen, which definitely helps you. Again, streamers are a good option. You can also use dry fly type of patterns and nymphs that look like the hatches during this time of year.

The next season happens in June and July when fishing really hits its peak levels. With that said, expect the crowds to be out during these times. Make use of streamer boxes, nymphs, and dry fly fishing. Typical fish you'll be able to catch during this time includes cutthroat and brookies.

The months of August and September will continue to stay good as far as fishing goes, but the numbers will start to dwindle as you reach the end of September. Tapered leaders that are long and tippets that are small are recommended as the fish are less hungry at this point, making them much pickier.

Lastly are the months of October and November. This is actually the peak time for hunting, so the crowds end up dwindling on the lakes, streams, and rivers. You can still find brown and red trout during these months, however, you’ll have less hours in the day to catch them. The prime fishing time is from 11am to 4pm each day.

Hatches are at their peak levels from June through to November.

​What You Will Need When You Get There?

Utah offers such a vast amount of lakes, streams, reservoirs, and rivers that it’s hard to pinpoint just a few types of reels, rods, and flies. Instead, base it on the season, the depth of the water, and the type of fish you’re after. Use the above season breakdown to help make this a smoother process.

Much of the fishing in Utah can be done from the shore, but there are some areas and lakes that are larger in size and will require a boat for you to access the deeper waters.

Be sure to apply for your fishing license before you head out on your adventure, and also brush up on the local rules and regulations. You can find all the current regulations in the 2016 Utah Fishing Guidebook, which is produced by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Anyone age 12 and older needs to possess a fishing license. The fee structure changes based on your age, whether or not you are resident, and how long you want the license to be valid for. Keep in mind some areas require an additional reciprocal permit.

As a fly fishing destination, Utah manages to excel and really shine, offering anglers incredible varieties of trout, as well as other species, with backdrops that are nothing short of stunning. With so many great fishing spots located not far out of Salt Lake City, they are also very accessible. This state doesn’t disappoint and chances are you’ll want to make a return trip to it again in the very near future.