Friday, November 12, 2010


Good times on the Green the past couple weeks.......did I mention I was working??!! (No... these are not electrofished. All were caught on a fly) Wahoo! Enjoy! Still Smilin' :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Mickey Mouse Club

Paul and I spent the night on the Green below Flaming Gorge sampling bugs........
Paul felt like throwing a mouse so we did............
The results were astounding.
That was fun Paul :)
Still Smilin'.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tiger Muskie

No words necessary.........

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Egg Mania: Part II

Joe and I had a great trip on Fish Creek... the browns were spawning and????.... I slipped and almost broke my back/pelvis/hip!!! Oh well, I recovered and made it through the day.... AND OH!...what a day it was...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A lot to catch up on.... happened.... I slacked for a while. Life has been so stinkin' busy lately! Our relay is finally over and I have super sore legs and a weird lung problem to prove it. Back to fishing.......

Forever ago I fished Sevenmile across from the cabin and slayed the brookies. It was a super good time and I caught over 100 on a single.....that's right, ONE...tan Rainy's Grand Hopper. Talk about a well constructed fly! I also caught some nice fish on a foam beetle. It was sweet. I caught my two best brookies ever (out of this particular system) the largest of which was caught on a streamer, but it was too dark to get a pic :( It was a fun trip. Check out the milk steaked fins.......... All I need now are some cookies!

Last week, Paul and I hit up some of his local spring creeks. He pulled out his big net when we left to go and I jokingly said, "I hope we need that." Little did I know.......... He landed this 22in HAWG on a chunky chernobyl!!! (black and green). Nice fishy Paul..... He's mine next time. Oh! I almost forgot, I hooked and lost a fish on a Grand Hopper in the same size category as Paul's fish that jumped and gave us a sweet look. You can bet that I'll be back to get him in the dark...........with a mouse.

Speaking of mice.... Paul and I shocked up a 13" fish this week in RHF of the Logan River that had not one but TWO massive mice in its gullet. Cooler than Frazzles in wintertime. What a studly little brownie. Did I mention it was only 13 inches!!!!

Well, that's all for now, but stay tuned for dark....moonlit... eerie pics of monster browns and bows with hairy rodents hanging out of their mouths.

Still smilin.........

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Provo Drakes

Gil and I hit up the Middle on Monday and had a blast. I nymphed for a while in the morning and I met up with Gil about an hour before the hatch should have got going. Fishing was stellar and Gilbert hammered a stud bow right off the bat on a Green Chunk ( one of Gilbert's new sick drake nymph patterns). To put it into perspective, the seemingly small nymph hanging out of his mouth is a size 10!!!! That is a BIG bow!

The fishing got better and better as the hatch progressed. At about 12:30, the adults showed up and the real action began. I used a drake epoxyback emerger from Rainy's and the fish couldn't get enough. One on of my first casts with the emerger I stuck a nice 16 incher.

After that I missed a HAWG four times in about 2 about sucking it up. As I moved upriver, I caught another nice fish in riffle. While I was fighting him, I saw a smaller fish flash behind him and I new that he had taken the dropper suspended behind the hooked fish. Two fish on at once can be problematic, but it sure was sweet! Lucky for me, Gilbert was right below me and he landed my double. Cool stuff....

We continued catching fish VERY consistently over the next couple hours..... Seriously, I can't remember the last time I had such good action on the top! I probably caught 25+ fish on the Provo in a couple hours mostly on DRIES none-the-less! I love throwing BIG stuff at nice fish. Of course there was the one haunting moment that I broke off a monster fish as he gave a high spirited leap.....why I was using 5x I will never know. The fish probably would have eaten drakes attached to WIRE! Oh well, that's what keeps us going back. . Thanks Gil for the sweet pics, netting assistance, and most of all... a STELLAR trip. Gilbert messed em up as usual with his mastered french/czech nymphing techniques. It will forever amaze me. Still smilin'..................

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sow bugs 2010

This past week I went out with friend, Joe Price, to fish a great stream in central Utah. We tried out the new HMG Sowbug (coming soon from Rainy's Flies) This pattern is undoubtedly the most realistic sow I've ever fished! The fishing was stellar and it fooled some great bows and brownies. Thanks Jesse for letting me try these out and thanks Joe for a good time...

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Southern Utah Big Mouths...

This past weekend Jesse Riding (manager of Rainy's Flies) and I found ourselves in Southern Utah chasing largemouth bass on the fly. We arrived at S. Hollow Friday morning and were disappointed to see that the lake was low and none of the cattails were flooded on the shore lines..... No cover generally equates to no bass and especially no bluegill. We moved toward what little cover was present and began chuckin' junk into the clear water. We were excited to pick off a couple small bass right off the bat, blind casting into the deep. (Make sure to click on pics to get the full effect)

After about an hour or so we spotted a hawg fish that had staked claim under a submerged sagebrush. We threw at him for ten or fifteen minutes without as much as a wiggle. We decided to move on. In the next couple hours, we caught a few more decent fish and one nicer fish sight fishing. I love seeing a bucket inhale an articulated dungeon!

Around noonish, I spotted a 4+lb fish hangin' out between two big brush piles. I threw a dungeon about 5 feet in front of him. To my complete surprise, he casually swam up to the sinking fly and with one twitch of his jaw, the fly disapeared! I strip-set as hard as I could, but I had tons of slack and the set was as girly as ever. The fish came up and tail-walked, and unfortunately, spit the fly on the leap. He laughed casually as he slowly swam into the depths.... I was frustrated but Jesse reminded me that I at least had him on and had the chance to fight a great fish. My dad came down and met us and fished with my nephew, Connelly. They caught hawg! Connelly reeled him in, but wasn't too excited to touch the beast...

In the afternoon, we decided to go back and try the big fish from the morning. Upon finding him in the exact same location, we threw a bunch of different patterns with no success. After spooking the fish out of his hideout multiple times, it became apparent that he was staying put. To make a long story short, we spent over 45 minutes on the fish and eventually made the fish mad enough that I hooked into a bass of a lifetime on my seven weight... The fight was sweet especially since Jesse caught the play by play on his digital camera...... Enjoy.

Finally.........the beast in hand. It was a beautiful fish.... the coolest part was the tail of a 9-10in bass hanging out of its throat into its mouth.....(sorry no pic)

We tried Quail in the evening, but we were unsuccessful. The following morning we decided to ditch the bucket mouths and head for higher elevations to chase some pig bows and cutties. Panguitch lake is a great fishery. We launched Jesse's kayak and I fished from shore. Fishing was tough and we moved a couple times before we got into any action. I finally hooked up on an awesome male rainbow on a crystal bugger under an indicator. Jesse paddled over for a pic and I dropped it back into the lake while trying to take a photo. Good thing Jesse suggested we take a pic while the fish was in the net! The pic doesn't do the fish justice.....twas one of my favorite rainbows of all time.

To FINALLY end this book of a post, I fished Wednesday on our way home from the Johnson Ranch up Salina canyon. I fished Yogo Creek with the Johnsons, my wife, my son Gunner, and my daughter Addie. The fish were looking up and I took good numbers of Bonnies on a chernobyl and a stimulator. I love topwater action. I was starting to forget how sweet it is to see cutthroat casually taking bugs off the top. Talk about a perfect week...Thanks again Jesse.......... Still smilin'.................