CALL TO ACTION | CONTACT HOUSE RULES NOW!

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The 2014 Legislative session has started and the compromise legislation, HB37, has already made it into the House Rules Committee.

 We need you to email and/or call all members the House Rules committee RIGHT NOW and let them know you support House Bill 37! Ask them to lift HB37 out of Rules, and into subcommittee. We want to get it out of Rules TODAY, but we can only do that if you hammer the emails and phone calls!

HOUSE RULES – EMAIL LIST

Chair Dean Sanpei <dsanpei@le.utah.gov>, Ken Ivory <kivory@le.utah.gov>, Eric Hutchings <ehutchings@le.utah.gov>, Brian King <briansking@le.utah.gov>, John Mathis <jmathis@le.utah.gov>, Curt Oda <coda@le.utah.gov>, Lee Perry <leeperry@le.utah.gov>, Val Peterson <vpeterson@le.utah.gov>, Paul Ray <pray@le.utah.gov>, Larry Wiley <lwiley@le.utah.gov>

HOUSE RULES – PHONE LIST

Chair Dean Sanpei 801-979-5711, Ken Ivory 801-694-8380, Eric Hutchings 801-963-2639, Brian King 801-560-0769, John Mathis 435-789-7316, Curt Oda 801-725-0277, Lee Perry 435-225-0430, Val Peterson 801-224-4473, Paul Ray 801-725-2719, Larry Wiley 801-520-8051

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 9:45AM
RALLY FOR HB37 | CAPITOL STEPS  

This year’s rally is our most important yet. We need to show Utah’s elected public officials the people support House Bill 37. We have the momentum. We have the support. Let’s make our presence known, with the biggest rally to date.  Bring your friends. Get a sitter. Tell your boss you need the morning off work. Start setting up carpools now. There are 400,000 anglers in the State of Utah. We have 3,300+ members strong. Let’s fill the capitol steps with 1,000 people in support of stream access, and end this issue this year for generations to come.

 

We know that it can be intimidating to speak with your legislators. We get it, and we’ve been there. We also know the feeling of being overwhelmed with so much information to sift through, and we know this issue is certainly complicated. None of those feelings stimulates action. However, we do not expect you to know all the answers, and nor do your legislators. 

 

All we ask of you is simply this - inform your legislators that you live in their district and stream access is an important issue to you. Let them know you hope they will join you in this pursuit. If they have questions you don’t have the answer to, THAT’S PERFECTLY OK! The simple solution is “let me find out that answer and get back to you.” This opens dialog to help inform them, and you. And if you have any questions, never hesitate to Contact us!

info@utahstreamaccess.org

Why I don’t keep fish

Last week we were fishing and Bryan hooked in to this 21″ lunker of a Brown. What a amazing fish. We all were stoked for Bry. We took a few pics and then let the fish get back to its business. Then two days later I was fishing the exact same hole fishing a similar fly and technique as Bryan. I hooked into a fish and after getting it in the net we were looking the fish over and noticed it had the exact same scares as the fish Bryan had caught. I always look at fish with scares and feel bad. This time I was kind of stoked because we knew this guy. This is a great example of why I don’t keep fish. I like to let them go to get bigger and give other anglers the opportunity to catch the same fish. Catch And Release

Small Stream Fishin’

We’ve been up on some smaller streams lately going after those notorious small stream hogs. We can’t really say we landed “Hog Johnson”, But we can manage to agree with did well, and had a lot of fun on these low-key streams. Got to love catching beautiful fish on dries!  IMGP1782 IMGP1807 IMGP1809 IMGP1813 Fishy1 Fishy2 Fishy3 Fishy4 fishy5 fishy6 lg1 pw1 pw2 pw3

Owyhee River Fish & Camp Trip

Each year we try to at least make one trip to Southern Oregon to hit up the Owyhee river. There’s a 11 mile stretch of hungry Brown Trout infested water. The Browns in this section are the most picky fish I have ever fished for. But they are all large and they like to eat. So once you figure it out you’re in for a good time. We really enjoy fishing this river because you sight fish. We wait and watch for fish and cast dry flies to them. It’s challenging because these fish know whats up. So you tippet down and change flies often to find the one that a particular fish will eat. The challenge is worth it when you pull in a 18″ brown caught with a size 22 midge using 6X tippet. This area does get a fair amount of pressure from fisherman so when fishing expect to see plenty of other fisherman. Be respectable and wait your turn. The fish aren’t going anywhere and they seem to come back very quick. We don’t cover a lot of water we change-up more and keep catching fish out of the same holes. Here’s a few pics from our adventure. Fish On!

Jared Casting Golden Brown Camp Fire1 Fire2 DCIM101GOPRO Callibeatis DCIM101GOPRO Colorful Adipose Fin Branden Set Branden With a Slab Branden teeth Browndrip2 Jared Brown BloodWorm Sunset Mouse Sunset fishing Jared Casting Sunset Mouse Fish On Mouse Getting Bent Mouse Graming Mouse Jared Casting Hooked up chin Mouse Gold Mouse Brown Trout Underwater Release

Deschutes River Fishing Report

Mouse, JP and I hit up the Deschutes River last week while at MT Hood for a work conference. We were hoping the big bugs were out and the fish were keying in on them. When we showed up to Maupin we couldn’t be more pleased to hear from the guys at the Deschutes Anglers Fly Shop that the bugs are everywhere and the fish are looking up. We talked a little shop and picked up a few flies in exchange for some local knowledge then went on our way down stream. The day started off well seeing fish jumping during the time we were setting up our gear. We were excited and scurried down the path to the river to give it a go. With in a few minuets JP had a strike and a miss. Then a few minutes later I hooked in to my first bow of the day. I fished that same run for about an hour and picked up a handful of fish. It was so much fun. Even a 14″ fish is a fight and will give you a run for your money. I then headed up-stream to catch up with JP and Mouse to hear they both had similar success. At that point I was stoked and knew the day was going to be epic. We fished until the sun went down. We caught a fair amount of fish and missed a handful too. In all it was well worth the trip and each one of us couldn’t have asked a better adventure. Enjoy the pics.

Deschutes Angler Mt Jefferson bugs Jareds First Bow Minow Mouse Casting Junk Fish JP Fish On JP Fish Jareds Red Side Golden Stone GeeseRainbow Snake

Hidden Gem!

I was on my way to Southern Utah to meet up with some friends and family for a weekend of camping, fishing, dirtbiking and all other sorts of good times that can be had in the outdoors. I decided to take the long way there and I rolled up on this stream. I couldn’t resist from throwing a fly at it. My first cast was no more then 50 feet from the car I had already hooked a fish. After releasing that fish I walked up stream 10 feet and took another few casts and again fish on. I pulled in the second fish fish of the day and with amazement of the size and beauty I quickly released the fish and  then ran back to the car grabbed my GoPro. I set it up on a timed delay at the next hole and again another fish. I caught a few more fish and then decided I better get on my way. I couldn’t be happier about exploring and being willing to take the long route. It payed off huge catching some rad fish and getting to learn about a stream I have never seen.

Few pics from Jared's drive to Antimony Utah

Few pics from Jared’s drive to Southern Utah

Northern Pike Addiction

This spring a handful of the Brighton Anglers had the chance to catch another species of fish on a fly rod. Northern Pike!  Kind of crazy we live so close to Pike water and how easy it is to fish for them. We all took plenty of time to learn about their habits and when the beast time to fish for them is. We all studied a bit about when they spawn, what water temps are best for fishing, how to fish for them, what  flies to use and what depths to fish at. In a whole it has been an exciting and addictive new way to fish. By far we are not experts but all of us our having fun and are hooked on trying to land a monster. Here’s a few pics of our first couple of trips out.

ross fumble Pike Teeth Pike Tale Luke Pike The flies Jared Fish On Christmonkey Christmonkey Christmonkey Christmonkey christmonkey Christmonkey Underwater Ross first pike Fish On Hyde Bass Boats Duckling Bryan H First Pike

Weekend Fishing Update

We have been hitting up the Provo River a bit lately. Its been cold but fish are staying active. We’ve found success in the morning on little brown and green streamers. Then as the day goes on we move to fishing the top water with little black midges and bwo flies. The Blue Wing hatch isn’t here quiet yet but any day now. I would suggest running a peasant tail nymph as a point fly under your dry and you may increase your numbers. Have fun and take the time to look around you might see some wild life.

Brown Trout

Leach

Goats

Furry Thing

Ducks

Chubs

Trav and the chubs

The Take

Fish On!

Luke Cleaning up the forest

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