Today I fished Diamond Fork with Flynn Chivers, a Nadi Fly Rods client, who was interested in getting a little guidance on how to read a stream to improve fishing success.
Diamond Fork is a fine small stream I have fished for years with generally good success, but as a technical stream I’ve had my share of frustrating, slow fishing days as well.
I enjoy fishing this stream not just for its technical challenges, but for its relative lack of angler pressure compared to other local streams such as the Provo which often seems to demand a competitive mentality to find a fishing spot and maintain it. (Some call it “combat fishing” especially with the multiple guide services that work that stream regularly.)
Been there, done that at the Provo, both at the lower and middle sections. I’ve had plenty of success there, too, but the last few years I’ve learned to appreciate often having a section of Diamond Fork to myself, especially in the early part of the work week.
It’s not the fish hatchery that the Provo is, but the fish are healthy and strong fighters even if they are smaller in general than the chunkier ‘bows, for example, of the lower Provo. But I’ve caught my share of 18-20 inch browns and cutts at DF to dispell any notion that bigguns can’t be landed there. They are impressive fish!
So when Flynn asked about going with me somewhere to get some guidance about stream fishing I first thought of Diamond Fork despite its technical challenges for even the most expert fly angler, let alone someone early in the fly fishing learning curve.
Long story short, we had a great day! The bits and pieces of advice regarding casting, stream analysis, and fishing strategy were quickly processed and applied by Flynn. I was very impressed. It didn’t surprise me at all that he began to hook into some sweet browns once he applied what I suggested.
Especially impressive was the fish of the day: the 19 inch brown Flynn hooked up with an Adams dry fly. He accurately cast it into a tiny, narrow run to the right side of a whirling pool of multiple flows and drifts that was the site of more than one rising brown.
Flynn had already successfully caught one of these rising fish–a more than decent 14-15 inch brown–but when we both saw the big flash and take of his dry this time we knew this brown was something special.
Flynn worked this predator brown nicely to the bank amid my own freaking out over the size and beauty of Flynn’s catch. Indeed, I commented I had not seen nor caught one of this size at DF for at least a couple of years, wondering aloud if all the bigguns had been taken out by spinner and worm anglers.
For me, it was a moment of pure bliss to see such monstrous beauty still extant in the DF.
Anyway, check out a few of the fish Flynn and I caught today. A great day with a great fishing partner!