The plan was to learn a new area to fish. As the cliche goes, the fishing was great, but the catching was slow. The guided days were turning into a guide's nightmare until the middle of the second day when we finally started hooking and landing some very nice browns.
Then we were catching something on a pretty regular basis, with a final catch of about 8-10 fish.
Sandie learned lot's of good stuff about casting her nymph rig from Craig. I had a good opportunity to get a
guide's insight into what I need to teach my casting clients to better prepare them for trips to the Provo, or any other western trout stream. Later on in this post, I'll include some of Craig's comments that are insightful.
Our third day was our day by ourselves; armed with the knowledge we got from Craig and Aaron at the Four Seasons Fly Shop. We got up too late and definitely got into the river too late. Getting a good Southwest boarding pass got in the way of an early start. That's the sign of a true Southwest Airlines customer, boarding pass is more important than fishing!!
As for the deep water nymph rig.....In high water you need to get deep.. mid day sun force the fish deep so you gotta get there. We seldomly change the distance from the indicator to weights. 6-8' is needed here. Changing the weights used gets you to the depth needed. As for casting ....a tight line means you can get the weights up before casting forward...I always suggest waiting for the flys to swing to shore...then a slow lift before the actual cast forward... bringing the tip of the rod behind the downstream shoulder makes casting across the stream a snap. The motion is one movement not a two part motion.
Mending line directly behind the indicator and not to either side keeps the extra line in the same drift and stream speed as the flys. Swinging does not catch the big fish...just juveniles forced into the shallows.. you should see some bumping on the bottom every cast. If not, your not getting it down..flys should always land up stream from the indicator..you won't see the hit if your flys get in front of the indicator.... the fish has a chance to spit the fly with out your seeing the take.....