I want to introduce you to a well know fly fishing area that I spent much of my summer fishing, it was a place where I didn’t think I could catch big fish or even numbers of fish, but I was introduced to a body of water where I learned alot about trout and fly fishing. The Logan River, located in northern Utah, is home to a large population of Bonneville cutthroat trout. These fish are native to the Logan River. There are also two additional trout species, the brown trout and the brook trout. As you can guess browns and brookies are not native, but thrive in this river. You could say there is the trout trio in the Logan River!
On this river you can use a few different tactics. Take a look at the water and watch what is happening before you jump on in. Do you see any fish? Are they surfacing to feed on the top of the water or are they staying low feeding on aquatic insects in the drift? Even just paying attention to a couple of details will help you catch more fish. Now, if you see fish surfacing tie on a dry fly, here I preferred to use a size 16 or 18 caddis or a small foam hopper. These two flies do the trick in landing countless cutts and browns.
How about when you don’t entirely know what the fish are doing but you know they are there? The setup that will never treat you bad when fly fishing is the dry dropper rig! With a dry fly tied on the top and below you tie a nymph, how can you go wrong. Fishing the Logan River I have had many experiences when cutthroat are taking my dry fly (whether it be my trustly caddis or a hopper, cherynoble, or wulff) then the next hit will be a brown taking my hairs ear or pheasant tail nymph. It’s never a bad idea to fish top water and sub surface at the same time.
Next, when fish are holding steady to the river bottom, what do you do? Nymphing is the answer! Try an in-line rig or a bounce rig to get those nymphs right in front of the face of the fish. Make sure you have the right depth under your indicator and make a perfect drift. Making sure your flies are always presented to fish in the most natural way is key, they will take flies if they look like food!
So here is a curve ball for you, what about fish that eat other fish? You know, the kind of trophy fish you have always wanted to catch. There are flies out there designed to catch the aggressive monster! Streamers and wooly buggers are great flies to throw at big fish, and brook trout! Streamers are the way I catch brook trout in the Logan River. And P.S. the Logan River is made up of the main stem and multiple tributaries, fish the tributaries if you want to catch brookies.
Sidenote, there are other fish species in the Logan River that were not mentioned. They are rainbow trout, mountain whitefish, and mottled sculpin. Thanks for reading, keep coming back for more!
Posted on November 15, 2013, in trout and tagged Artificial fly, bows, Brook trout, Brown trout, Cutthroat trout, Cutts, dry flies, Fish, fishing, Fly fishing, freestone, grand slam, Hopper dropper, Logan, Logan Canyon, Logan River, Rainbow trout, river, Simms, stream, trout, Utah. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.