Monday, March 5, 2012

Soft Water

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming, because it's frankly still hard to believe that for the past several weeks I have been fly fishing mid-elevation stillwaters in Utah.  During February.  No ice holes required.  As in casting a fly line and having its entirety land on liquid where there would normally be 14 inches of solid ice right now.

The Hell you say?  Well, in all past years of my lifetime you would be entirely correct in calling BS - but not THIS year.  Hungry trout have been tearing the chenille off my flies right down to the bare hook because no one has told them there's another month of Winter supposedly going on right now.


It has been butt-numbing cold at times, but this is OPEN WATER we are talking about.  The cure to cabin fever. 

Not only that but in the town of Circleville a guy named Mike, proprietor of Butch Cassidy's Hideout, makes something called a Hash Stack.  It's a conglomeration of hash brown potatoes, ham, sausage, bacon, and 2 eggs smothered in country gravy.  One eats this breakfast, and then fishes all day with  no additional nutrient requirements.

The Hash Stack

Early in the season I am giddy to fish and don't spend much time behind the lens. While rivers are certainly available all Winter long, stillwater trout on the fly at 6,500 feet in February... it's just unheard of.

Here's to places of extremes.  See you on the water.

Hen Rainbow at Ice Off


  1. Great post, great fish, and that looks like a big plate of trouble....but I bet it went down with ease!!!!

  2. Brian, big plate of trouble is right. I have not mentioned in this post another breakfast plate they offer that includes the following side: A 1-pound bone-in ham steak. The emotions are still too close to the surface.

  3. "One eats this breakfast, and then fishes all day with no additional nutrient requirements."

    More like craps in ones waders 1.5 hours later.

    1. Good point Landeen. This brings up a new potential feature in waders. We already have the Simms G4Z with the zipper in the front. Who is now going to step up and offer a version with a trap door out back, union suit style?

  4. i have been looking forward to ice-off as well. that breakfast looks and sounds amazing.

  5. Mike: If you're ever in Circleville and feel some hunger gnawing, don't hesitate to drop into the café at Butch Cassidy's. Their pizza oven does a nice job in addition to quite a few very tasty options on the menu.

  6. Hi Brett .. ..
    I've found your photo from here and I want to use it on my blog as a color picker inspiration. I intend to put a link back to your site, but I can't find the original post which contains that beautiful quail photo. Can you give me a link to the original post so I can put it on my blog?
    Thank you very much.