Monday, March 29, 2010
One of the Cutbows was pushing 19" inches and in full spawning colors, came out of a deeper hole to grab the streamer.
The weather was super cold in the morning. Lots of ice on the lines and in the guides. After 10:00am things warmed up nicely. Great Midge hatch for most of the afternoon. We fished from 7am till about 4. Good time was had by all except for Jeff, who broke his rod. Bummer.
This was the perfect tune up to try out several new patterns that I have been working on for our trip next week to the San Juan. The upcoming trip is replacing my annual spring trip to the Bighorn, decided it was time to venture off and hit a new piece of water that I have yet to fish. So we decided on the San Juan this year.
Looking forward to fishing the Juan for a few days.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
In one week, more than half of the premier fisheries within Utah may close. A new law recently passed by the Utah legislature threatens many famous rivers and nationally renowned waters from public access. Utah sportsmen and fly fishing businesses need your help right away. Contact the Governor’s office and request a veto of HB141. The Governor’s office number is 800-705-2464 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
River-access bill is a disasterMarch 24, 2010
Source: Deseret News
River-access bill is a disaster
By Frank Hugelmeyer
Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:13 a.m. MDT
One of the great moments in the life of any sportsman is that special introduction of a son or daughter to the wonders of the great outdoors. Millions of young outdoor men and women have been thrilled as they learned about the skills and secret fishing holes passed down over generations. This wholesome tradition has brought families closer together and become deeply ingrained in our Western values. Over time, sportsmen and their children's children fueled the emergence and growth of a $700 million angling industry within Utah that has become vital to the economic health of the state and many communities. Tragically, a new law recently passed by the Utah legislature threatens it all.
Most Utahns do not know about — or even realize — the severity of the situation. In one week, more than half of the premier fisheries within Utah may close. Utah HB141 places an immediate one-year moratorium on all land access to and on rivers and streams crossing private land. While the rights of private property owners are obviously important, Utahns, like citizens in other Western states, have had a long-established public easement for river access to enjoy hunting, fishing and other recreational activities. This new legislation brings an unceremonious and abrupt end to generations of riparian access.
For reasons not fully transparent, the Utah Legislature hastily approved a bill that radically changes river access law without collaborating with sportsmen, angling outfitters or outdoor businesses. The impact of this bill will prove to be particularly devastating to the angling business communities statewide. As Utah's summer tourism season begins, access to sections of nationally renowned waters like the Provo and popular local waters such as the Weber, Ogden, Logan, Blacksmith Fork and Huntington, among many others, will disappear. HB141 will have a severe and lasting impact on local businesses still struggling to recover from the recession. Job losses will be noticeable as visiting anglers choose to spend their valuable dollars in neighboring states that boast exceptional and open access to high-quality fisheries like Idaho, Montana and Colorado.
The fate of generations of Utah's outdoor sportsmen and businesses now rests in the hands of Gov. Gary Herbert. Only his veto can preserve the public's access to these venerable rivers and streams and ensure Utah's national competitiveness as a sportsmen-friendly state. For Utah's sake, let us trust that Herbert will choose to support the generations of anglers that have befriended these great waters and protect the quality jobs in outdoor businesses that depend on public easements to exceptional rivers and streams.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
This fly tying season saw me tying at a few new shops and the Denver Fly fishing show. All in all it was a good season of tying bugs for various shops. I tied various bugs at all demos, none of the demos where the same as the one before, which was good, because I saw a bunch of familiar faces at some of the demos. I gave out samples of Dohiku hooks at demos and was hopefully able to teach a few folks some new techniques at the demos and some new patterns. I want to thank all the shops I tied at this winter from Ghillies in Colorado Springs, Anglers Roost in Fort Collins, Charlies Fly Box in Arvada, Hook Fly Fishing in Highlands Ranch, the Cherry Creek TU clinic and the Denver Fly Fishing Show.
Cheers to everyone who came out and supported me and the shops this winter.