Written by Dave Danley, Falcon’s Ledge Lodge
This year–with a very large winter snowpack and a cool, wet spring in Utah–most of our rivers were blown out with heavy runoff for most of June. We turned to some areas that we don’t fish very often, such as beaver ponds, backwaters, and lakes. A few different evenings in June, I drove up canyons in the beautiful national forest above Falcon’s Ledge Lodge and spent the evening casting on some of these beaver ponds and backwaters.
There were nice evening midge hatches, and every time I went I found browns rising for emerging midges. One evening in particular, the bugs were hatching especially thick and the fish were feeding heavily. I tied on a size 14 PMX with a rust-colored midge emerger on an 18-inch dropper and fished for a couple hours, sight-casting to rising fish.
It was a gorgeous evening, and I was rewarded with a half dozen beautiful, wild brown trout up to 22 inches and a couple of spectacular tiger trout. Most of the fish took the midge emerger, but a few took the PMX. Sometimes blown-out rivers are not a bad thing, as the situation forces you to explore–often with great success.
Dave Danley is operations manager at Falcon’s Ledge in Altamont, Utah, and a former Trout Bum of the Week.
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