FIELD TEST FRIDAY: TIGER CHASING
A couple hours to the East of Ventureborn HQ lies the Uinta Mountain Range. The Uinta is the largest wilderness area in Utah, with over 460,000 acres of unbelievably beautiful and rugged terrain, custom tailored for the adventurous angler. The range holds over 1,000 natural lakes, with over 500 of them holding fish. From cutthroat, rainbow, grayling, brook and the elusive, tiger trout.
As summer in Utah draws closer, we start to prep for high alpine fish chasing adventure in the Uinta Range. Options are endless when it comes to fishing the Uintas, from roadside lakes to multi-day backpacking trips. On this FTF, we load the car and take off for a day trip to hike into one of our favorite high alpine fisheries, Clyde Lake.
Clyde is a great option for the whole family, in this case we took kids ranging from 7 years old up to 15 years on the four mile out-and-back hike. The trail into Clyde is rated moderate with an elevation gain of just over 400 feet.
The crew descending into Clyde Lake and ready to catch some fish. It's not uncommon to pass multiple lakes on the way to your destination. Don't be afraid to cast a few flies as you pass by.
Fun for all ages. The high mountain lakes are a perfect venue to learn the art of fly fishing. In comparison to a fast moving river, the lakes make for easier wading, less shrubbery to snag flies on and most importantly, the fish are hungry and willing.
As mentioned above, access to great fishing in the Uintas is fairly easy. Obviously, if you go further from the trailhead, the less pressured the fishery. Dry flies, nymphs and small streamers will bring fish in for a closer look. Drive rookie trout insane with attractor and terrestrials patterns like ants, beetles, the purple haze, lime trude, orange asher, and renegade. Don't forget your scuds and wooly buggers for the peak summer months when direct sun drives fish towards the deeps.
What we came for, the Tiger Trout. For many Utah anglers, the tiger trout is becoming one of the state's most sought after game fish. They are best known for their strong fight and unusual beauty. Tigers are a hybrid between a male brown trout and a female brook trout.
You can access the backcountry here via any of the 16 trailheads scattered throughout the U.S. Forest Service lands. Make sure you have your Utah fishing license, pack plenty to eat and drink and bring proper apparel for the high country. Even during the summer months, afternoon thunderstorms are the norm. Other than that, get out there and explore the countless fishing options this summer.