August 18, 2010

The Ranch

My brother invited me out to the ranch that his friend owns to do some bass fishing for the weekend. We met up with some other friends and had a blast. There are 3 ponds you can fish and I was surprised at the size of the fish we were catching. It was so fun to watch the younger kids going to battle with these fish and loving every minute of it. At night it seemed that the big boys came out a lot more to play and we managed to hook a few of them. The next morning it was more of the same. The kids were catching bass after bass and they even caught a some craw fish which they thought were pretty cool. It was a great weekend and hopefully we'll be able to go out there again before the snow flies.

My nephew with a great catch!

My biggest of the trip.

Not that big but it made a great picture.

Some of the kids "scouting" where the fish were.

August 15, 2010

The Boulder Mountains of Utah

I made my first ever trip down to the boulders this past week. What a beautiful area. The boulders are surrounded by Capital Reef National Park and Grand Staircase National Monument Which made for some spectacular views. I fly fished a few lakes and had some success but not what I was hoping for. I'm still learning to fly fish and this was the first trip I went on that I didn't have my spinning rod to back me up. It was really frustrating knowing I could have caught a lot more fish if I had it but it was really good to learn fly fishing skills. By the second day I had it down and could cast good enough to get the fly where I needed it. I saw some really big fish while I was there and hooked a few decent brookies in the 16-17 inch range. I also saw some monster tiger trout but couldn't get them to commit. I am going to head back down in September for another go at it.

A few nice brookies.

Thats one big mushroom.

Hogsback. No gaurdrails and a very long drop if you go over.