Monday, April 24, 2017

Fly fishing Southern Utah Boulder mountain

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Fish lake.
Ice is off, you can now launch boats.
Access is now possible on highway 25 between fishlake to millmeadow. Seven mile and UM creek are both swollen with spring run off.
Upper Fremont has increased flows from Johnson valley Reservoir, Johnson is full and coming off the overflow spillway.
Forsyth is full, millmeadow is full.
Fishing has been fair to good, swing in to the shop for the flies we have been using lately and more details.
Lower bowns is accessible and filling, it has not been this high for several years, fishing has been great!
Boulder Mountain.
Access is opening up more and more, most of the lakes immediately below the rim such as fishcreek and donkey still have ice, access was only possible with trax.
Early season fishing can be tough for fly fisher men
We have a few tips that may help, stop by.
Thousand lake mountain.
No access towards elk horn yet.
Access is possible from 72 over the top to Solomon basin now.
Lots of fishing pressure last week.
Here are a few shots from last week.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Fly Fishing Southern Utah Capitol Reef National Park Area

We went from Tiger trout and Blue Birds, to ice and snow again this week! Just a typical spring here in Loa Utah.
Just a quick update on the conditions here.
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Boulder Mountain.
Access is still limited.
You can reach coleman lake, lower bowns and some trail heads but it will be some time before access really opens up.
Thousand lakes mountain.
Access from the highway 72 side is limited to Riley springs, there are plenty of snow drifts past that point, last year several people ended up stuck on this road, it’s just not worth trying till it melts off.
You can access the Solomon basin area from the desert, the lakes there have turned over and are currently off color, morell pond was clear.
Fremont River.
Upper Fremont is still low and clear, keeping a low profile and accurate casting will help you be successful on this small stream, we use Hares ears. Pheasant tail. And midge larva, and have done well.
Bicknell Bottoms is clear, fishing here is slow. We throw black streamers. Buggers sculpzillas ect…
Below highway 12 the water is high off color and turbid.
Look for it to clear mid may.
Fish Lake.
There is some open water in the twin reeks area, this is a great place to suspend nymphs.
We have had great success for Rainbows and Splake this Spring.
There are still some people on the Ice fishing, the edges are getting soft though and the ice is getting rotten, so be careful!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Southern Utah Fly fishing guides report.

With the warmer then average weather the ice as started to melt and access is improving daily on the mountain roads also. Loa has been in the high 60s with a couple days in the low 70s. There are colder temperatures and snow in the forecast for the end of next week.
Here is our report of conditions currently.

Ice conditions are still good and the fishing has been great, this reservoir typically has good ice till early April, caution should always be used though.

Millmeadow Reservoir.
The ice is coming off quickly, there is 10 to 20 feet of open water on the edges, and the section south east of the boat ramp looks like it could open up anytime. The inlets are wide open with plenty of room to fish.
We recommend leech patterns in brown and black also wooly buggers in the same colors, the fish have also actively been feeding on some of the edges in search of chirominids.

Forsyth Reservoir.
Access is good, nearly all the snow has melted from the roads.
There is anywhere from 5 to 10 feet of open water on the edges.
The inlets on this reservoir have also opened up and there has been fish cruising the edge in search of food, we suggest leech patterns here as well as chirominid patterns.

Koosharem Reservoir.The ice is basically gone, there was one big chunk floating around out there but it did not deter the boats that were there trying there luck, fishing has been slow for most people I talked to.
We like to get out on our float tubes and pontoon boats at this time of year and pull big size 2 and 4 streamers, the take can be light but the fish are huge!!!

Lower Bowns.
The reservoir is completely free of ice.
Access was still not possible by 4 wheel drive vehicle as of Tuesday, I made it maybe 3/4 of a mile down the road before running into deep snow and a spot where a couple people had been stuck. If the weather holds access may be possible by next weekend.

Fremont River.
The upper is still low and clear, fishing has been decent for smaller browns using a variety of different nymphs, are favorite at this time of year is a bead head hares ear.
Bicknell bottoms is also clear, spring can be a good time to catch fish here.
There was a prescribed burn last week so many of the cat tails and reeds are down to stubble.
Below highway 12. The flows are up and the water is turbid and off color.

Boulder Mountain.
Access is still extremely limited, unless you have tracks for your side by side or four wheeler don't plan on getting anywhere, this mountain typically dose not have decent access till may.
That being said I've made it as far as Coleman's on the donkey road as of Tuesday it was still covered in ice. There was maybe 4 feet of open water on the southeast shore line. Check the proclamation before you go as many of the lakes are closed till April.

Thousand Lake mountain.
Access is still limited to the desert side, you could only get as far as morrel pond as of yesterday, access could improve if the weather holds. Everything still had ice that we made it to.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Southern Utah Fly Fishing Guides and Fly shop

Quiet Fly Fisher Guide Service/Fly Shop
Guided Fly Fishing Trips To Southern Utah Near Capitol Reef National Park
For mor info or to book a trip go to

This recent cold snap has kicked my Spring Fever in To Over-drive!!!
I can't wait to get out there and Fish!
Now is the Time to book your trip for this Spring And Summer, we have had an excellent Snow Pack and the lakes, reservoirs, and Streams are in excellent shape!

Here is a few pictures to help with any spring fever symptoms you might have.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Southern Utah Ice And Fly fishing Report. Fly fish Utah

Fly Fishing Southern Utah.
Quiet Fly Fisher Guide Service And Fly Shop offers guided Fly Fishing Trips to Southern Utah's Boulder Mountain, Fremont River, Thousand lake Mountain And Much More. Check out our web site at
Made it back out to check on Ice conditions today, it’s been a strange year so far, our snow packs are normal the reservoirs and fish lake are just slow to freeze solid this year. The plus side is that the ice that is there is thick enough to get out and enjoy a day of fishing on.
Millmeadow Reservoir. The reservoir is mostly covered, there is still some open water though. The ice near the dam is likely unstable while from the boat ramp towards the Fremont river inlet has nearly 14 inches of ice!  No reports of perch being caught here yet, the splake and tiger trout have been thin, the rainbows and Browns have been in much better condition. If fly fishing, we have been targeting the times of day when the wind is calm, watch for mid going fish in the open section of the reservoir and focus your casting to those areas, the take can be light so be prepared!
Forsyth Reservoir is completely capped with 8 to 12 inches of ice! Fishing has been hit or miss here for most this year with some reports of great numbers and quality to some wondering if there are even any fish in there.
the method we have found that works best is to try a spot for 30 to 40 minutes and if nothing happens move!
The sections near the dam and by the springs have both fished well for us.
Fremont River.
The warmer weather has kept the upper Fremont open, the fish have been actively feeding on the midge hatches, today’s hatch w started around 10:30 am.
Fish Lake.
has good Ice And excellent fishing for perch on the south and north ends, there was open water from about twin creeks to joe bush, use  caution on any of that new ice! The areas in the narrows and out from doctor creek is about 8 inches.