A busy week on Utah Rivers

The Provo River Guide Service is excited to have had its first multi-trip day yesterday. The first fly fishing trip on Monday, February 18, was with my long time client, Darin.  For the first time, he was bringing his 20-year-old daughter, Hannah.  I can't say I wasn't concerned with how she would handle the below freezing temperatures.  Well, she proved me wrong!

With such beautiful weather over the holiday weekend, I found it to bring a significant amount of fly fishing traffic to rivers in Utah.  After fishing the lower Provo River for an hour, and struggling to be able to set up in good water, I decided to change gears.  We packed up and headed to the middle section of the Provo.  As we crossed the bridge on River Road I noticed “dead raccoon” hole was open.  Which is a perfect place for a father and daughter to fish simultaneously.  Despite the fish rising, Darin and I decided it was best to start Hannah with a light nymph rig.  Within five minutes Hannah was hooked up!   We went on to have non-stop action for next 2 hours.  

Unfortunately, we had more fish on the line than what we brought to the net.  As guides we tend to put pressure on ourselves to bring in numbers.  This trip was a reminder that the experience is as important.  Yesterday the number of fish landed was not nearly as significant as a father sharing his love for fly fishing with his daughter.  My hope is that after a fun morning of fishing, Darin has reeled in a fly fishing partner for life.  -Jeff Harwin

 
Hannah hooked up, Dead raccoon hole, middle Provo River

Hannah hooked up, Dead raccoon hole, middle Provo River