Utah Guided Trip (Middle Provo River)

This year, my company held our annual Grand Meetup in Park City, Utah. As part of the trip, I managed to make it on a guided fishing trip in the Middle Provo river with a bunch of other interested folks. This was the first time I’d been on a guided trip, and it was a massively different experience to fishing on your own.

  • You don’t have to know much of anything — the guide hands you a rigged rod, points you where to cast (even does a few demo casts to show where you want it), and then you start fishing.
  • If things aren’t working out, the guide will rig a different rod, then switch you out until you get something that works.
  • Got a snag/tangle/break a fly off? No problem — the guide will re-tie or hand you a different rod and you just keep on fishing.
  • They know exactly where, when and how to fish their local waters, so you get a “force-multiplier” and just dive right into the deep end so to speak.

It’s amazing having someone with that level of local knowledge, who’s also there to take care of theย less interesting (and often time-consuming) parts of the process. As I said, a very different experience to when I go on my own.

Oh, and the big thing? I finally caught my first fish! I actually caught 3 trout that day, all of a decent size (caught and released). I only partially count them as catches though, since I didn’t feel like as much of the process was “me”. I’m still holding out for my first catch on my own rod, on a line/rig that I put together.

This was also my first time using waders, and it’s a totally different experience compared to fishing from the banks/shore. I really enjoyed it, and recognize that it opens up a lot more waters for you to fish. Now I want some waders ๐Ÿ™‚


All pictures below (and the title image) taken by Jeff Golenski. Except for the cell-phone pic of us in a parking lot ๐Ÿ™‚

Fairplay Fishing

By a turn of luck, a friend of a friend has access to private, stocked trout-fishing ponds. They’re out near Fairplay, CO (home of South Park!), which is only about a 1:40 drive from Denver, so pretty accessible from here, unless you follow Google directions blindly and end up at the top of Mt Evans; then you have to detour out and around Breckenridge and it takes more like 3 hours ๐Ÿ™‚

We did an overnight camping trip there and I tried my luck in the lakes, but couldn’t catch anything. Erika managed to catch her first fish though, which was a bit of a hit to my pride, since she’s never taken a class or anything. Had a great time regardless, although the wind came in pretty strong and made it really hard to cast.