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A buddy and I loaded up our tubes, fly gear, and headed up to a reservoir at 8,800'. We got on the water about 8:30 and fished until 3:00 dragging an assortment of flies to try and wake up some fish from their winter nap. The ice came off last week and the water temperature was already up to 45-46 degrees but the visibility in the water was only about 3'.
We managed to pick up a few fish, all rainbows, but it was pretty slow. There were a few guys fishing from the bank using bait and they did better than we did but we got more exercise.;) We used medium sinking lines with a black bunny leech, black/orange/pearl crystal bugger, and a tan/green/pearl soft hackle.
As you can see from the pictures the reservoir level is way down (33% full) this time last year it was almost full.
The weather was good to start but by afternoon the wind started to pick up making it a little more difficult to hook the fish.

All in all it was a fun day to get back to fishing the high mountain waters.

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Thanks for the report. It looks like the bows are in decent shape coming out of the winter.

I know where you were and the water level is discouraging. It is going to be really dry on that mountain range this summer.
 

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Are "most" of the mid level mountain roads around the region open this year already? We have the opportunity to burn some family member's hotel points that were going to waste because of Covid so we'll be up in PC next week enjoying the newly vaccinated life. Weather isn't looking great but that's never stopped me from being outside fishing.

I've really only fished the Provo and the Mirror Lake Highway region. I'm thinking about branching out. Recommendations?
 

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Are "most" of the mid level mountain roads around the region open this year already? We have the opportunity to burn some family member's hotel points that were going to waste because of Covid so we'll be up in PC next week enjoying the newly vaccinated life. Weather isn't looking great but that's never stopped me from being outside fishing.

I've really only fished the Provo and the Mirror Lake Highway region. I'm thinking about branching out. Recommendations?
What kind of fishing are you looking for up there? Stream, lake, boat, float tube/pontoon, fly/lure fishing, bait fishing?

There are lots of options in that area depending on what kind of fishing you are looking for.
 

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Most likely shore fishing with wife and kiddo, if weather holds. Spinning gear.

Debating bringing fly gear in case it's raining and they want to stay indoors. But I wouldn't be surprised if they don't make the packing cut. I do have a fun ultralight spinning rod for streams though.
 

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Most likely shore fishing with wife and kiddo, if weather holds. Spinning gear.

Debating bringing fly gear in case it's raining and they want to stay indoors. But I wouldn't be surprised if they don't make the packing cut. I do have a fun ultralight spinning rod for streams though.
You might try the upper Weber River or the stretch between Rockport and Echo. A lot of the upper Weber is private and some of the portion between Rockport and Echo is too but there are several access points along that stretch. There is also the middle Prove between Jordanelle and Deer Creek.
Deer Creek, Jordanelle, and Rockport offer a variety of fish species and are shore angler friendly especially Deer Creek and Rockport. Those reservoirs are all state parks so you would have to pay to play.

Good luck on your outing, hopefully you'll have decent weather.
 

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A buddy and I loaded up our tubes, fly gear, and headed up to a reservoir at 8,800'. We got on the water about 8:30 and fished until 3:00 dragging an assortment of flies to try and wake up some fish from their winter nap. The ice came off last week and the water temperature was already up to 45-46 degrees but the visibility in the water was only about 3'.
We managed to pick up a few fish, all rainbows, but it was pretty slow. There were a few guys fishing from the bank using bait and they did better than we did but we got more exercise.;) We used medium sinking lines with a black bunny leech, black/orange/pearl crystal bugger, and a tan/green/pearl soft hackle.
As you can see from the pictures the reservoir level is way down (33% full) this time last year it was almost full.
The weather was good to start but by afternoon the wind started to pick up making it a little more difficult to hook the fish.

All in all it was a fun day to get back to fishing the high mountain waters.

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Thanks for sharing with us. Guess you had a nice time
 
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