Okay, the west is cool too. The above video is from a little fishing I did out in Utah around the Altamont area. We stayed at Falcon’s Ledge Resort . There were twelve of us and we all split up and fished different rivers around the area. Which ran the gamut from freestone mountain streams such as Yellowstone Creek, to the Green River tailrace. The guides and accommodations at the lodge were amazing. Plus the food was off the charts, who knew you could actually make cauliflower taste good!
The first day I fished with Tye Krueger from Bend, OR and Kurt Fiegel from Bethesda, MD. Our guide was Bryan Eldredge who works for the lodge and also runs Utah Fly Guides. We hit up the near by Strawberry River which is a very short drive from the lodge. The Strawberry is not known for huge numbers of fish but for it’s huge brown trout. It requires a lot of stalking and percise casts. However if you do the work you can be rewarded by a really nice fish. The video above was shot on the Strawberry. I’ve also got to give Bryan a shout out as he really worked his butt off for the three of us.
The second day I got really lucky. Tye and I drew slots to float the Green River. If you have never heard of the Green, you should google search it. The river boasts upwards of 18,000 fish per mile. We fished with guide Gordon Tharett at Trout Creek Outfitters. Gordon was also an incredible guide. His guide resume includes Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Alaska, up-state New York and our very own South Holston River. We talked briefly about how great the Soho really is and how it is still fairly unknown. The Green was epic to say the least, I’m not going to bore you with numbers and sizes. Imagine what your best day on the water would be like with consistently good sized fish on dries with great company, food and an excellent oarsman. That was our day times 2. It definately ranks as one of the top ten days, I’ve ever had on the water.
Before my visit to Utah, if someone had asked me if I wanted to go fish there or Yellowstone National Park, I would have probably chosen the National Park. Now on the other hand, after seeing the varieties of water that the area has to offer, plus not seeing any other anglers, with exception to the Green, it would be a tough choice. There are some really beautiful areas and very few crowds, plus they have just about any type of fishing you would want to do. Give the guys a south at Falcon’s Ledge, let them tell you what they have to offer and if you go be sure to catch a 5lb Tiger Trout from one of the Lodges still water trophy lakes for me.