Purple Haze

Purple Haze was in my brain,lately things don’t seem the same,actin’ funny but I don’t know why,’scuse me while I kiss the sky.Last night on my way to the area that locals refer to as ‘Up North’ (which constitutes a huge area anywhere north of Spanish …

Purple Haze was in my brain,
lately things don't seem the same,
actin' funny but I don't know why,
'scuse me while I kiss the sky.

Last night on my way to the area that locals refer to as 'Up North' (which constitutes a huge area anywhere north of Spanish Fork, Utah) I was able to stop off and fish a small creek for about the last hour of light. Once I made my way to the stream I found some mayflies and caddis doin' their thing above the water. There wasn't any surface action going on just yet, but I figured it would still be a great bet and threw on a #16 Purple Haze. I hadn't ever fished this pattern before, but I've heard good things, liked the slim profile of the fly, and am a sucker for flies with a great name. Two casts in and I began to really like this fly.


Even fish this size can be a blast on dries

The next 40 minutes or so were filled with lots of fish about this size taking the Haze with complete confidence. Even if I was a little late in setting the hook I was still catching the fish (which shows how much the fish were liking the pattern too!). Seemed like every fish I saw rise would come to sample my fly as long as I had a good drift, and on a small stream like this good drifts weren't tough to manage. The night's highlight was this guy that I saw take a natural, I moved into a better casting postition (I wasn't wearing waders and was trying to stay dry, so it took a couple of minutes), saw him rise again and placed my cast. Just about a perfect cast/drift and he came and sucked it in. Sometimes everything goes just right and you wonder how you managed it (and why it can't always be like this).


Pretty nice fish for such a small stream


Hope you can get out and enjoy the water.

- Kidder

Cold in June

Before bright and early I packed up the car and headed out. ‘Night Morning’ is what one of my boys calls it, and I think that works pretty well. Today I was supposed to meet my Dad and Brother at a stream that has been pretty good to us the past few ye…

Before bright and early I packed up the car and headed out. 'Night Morning' is what one of my boys calls it, and I think that works pretty well. Today I was supposed to meet my Dad and Brother at a stream that has been pretty good to us the past few years. Couldn't have timed the arrival better, seeing as how we all drove into the parking area at the same exact time. We quickly grabbed our gear and realized just how cold it is before dawn, even in June.


The advantage to being cold when you hike is that you move a little faster in an attempt to warm up. Unfortunately the fish seemed to still be asleep when we arrived at our starting point. Our standard rig for this stream is a dry/dropper with an Indicator Chernobyl or a Chubby Chernobyl on top, a bead headed Nymph for weight and a Sow Bug for a trailer. But the rig barely brought in a couple of non-enthusiastic trout of the small variety. Talk started early about pulling out and trying a different river, or lake, or something. 
The morning continued being tough fishing until about 10:00 when we starting getting into them with a Black Bugger. Streamer fishing is one of my favorite methods, and having the fish slam the fly is exactly what I needed to keep my attention. 

All the fish seemed to have some serious guts on 'em
Soon after that though the streamer action seemed to die off and we were again left with very little action. Going home started to come up in the conversation. Then I set up a Mod. Hares Ear under an indicator with some additional weight about 12" above the fly. Fishing again picked up and we were soon into several fish right near the river bottom. Some trout with several Utah Chubs mixed in. This late action was highlighted by a nice thick brown with a crazy-cat eye, which was a good way to close out the day.

Chub eater. 
Crazy-Cat eye and a chunk missing from his snout. Looks to have had a run in with a treble hook at some point.
Always great to get out with my family to do some fishing, even if it wasn't everything we'd hoped. We kept after it and still found some success. Hope you can get out and enjoy the water.

- Kidder

Fun & Games

After a night of unrest I wasn’t surprised that my boy felt too tired for a long ride and long hike to fish. I wasn’t too upset about it figuring another opportunity was just around the corner. So I was surprised about an hour later when the boy came o…

After a night of unrest I wasn't surprised that my boy felt too tired for a long ride and long hike to fish. I wasn't too upset about it figuring another opportunity was just around the corner. So I was surprised about an hour later when the boy came out of his room (hair in all directions, a small amount of panic in his voice) and said, "Is it too late to go fishing?"

I assured him that it wasn't if we stayed a bit closer to home and he asked if we could go fish his favorite bit of stream. Fine by me! So we quickly loaded up and headed out. The stream was somewhat off color, but the flows were decent and I was sure we could find a few trout. Once I got Atley rigged and pointed in the right direction I worked on setting my own rod up. After a few tangles, and a bit of frustration, the boy came through.

I nice way to get the skunk off, with a native
 What followed was a great day for so many reasons. Our local stream is bouncing back brilliantly after the fire of a couple of years ago, it was a great day to be out enjoying the outdoors, and my boy fished well without nearly the assistance that he needed even a year ago. So fun to watch him figure things out for himself.

The joy on his face comes from catching and landing this fish while I had my back turned
And yes, I caught a few today too. Including some more Cutthroat that have been a welcome addition to the stream that was once all Browns.

This fish is going to turn into a real nice one by the end of the season
Plenty of fun without a single video game in sight! It's Summer for the boys here too, and it's looking to be a great one. Hope you can get out and enjoy the water.

- Kidder