Weekend Angler: Salt Lake City
The Logan River is a scenic freestone canyon stream with plenty of pocketwater, riffles, and long runs. Watch for rattlesnakes in the summer but the real hazards are all the anglers on this bouncy river, which is typically crowded on the weekends and holidays.
The Logan has wild browns and rainbows, with a small cutthroat population. Anglers will find a few whitefish as well. For the most part, the fish you'll land are a foot long, but if you fish deep, you've got a legit chance at a whopper brown.
You'll see waterfalls along the drive and come across excellent dry fly fishing, with lots of hatches for a canyon stream. And if you want to fish only with dry flies, you will have no problem catching quite a few 10- to 14-inch trout.
But if you really want to hook some hogs, tie on some big streamers, stonefly nymphs, or mayfly and caddis nymphs and go deep. Otherwise, you're not going to reach the big browns. Large browns are caught in Logan every year (how about a ten-pounder?) but the majority of fish are now stocked rainbows.
The fishing can be productive from Card Canyon to Red Banks. Wading can be tricky because of the steepness of the banks, so your best bet is to hop the rocks and fish from the shoreline. The Logan has three impoundments (the sections being named as First, Second, and Third Dams).
Despite all the other fly fishers dotting the river, with more than 35 miles of public water, you can still find stretches to call your own, especially in the brushy stretches, which most anglers find too much trouble. Try the Temple Fork and Right Hand Fork for great dry fly action and seclusion. Spring runoff usually ends by early June, and the Logan is open year-round.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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