Weekend Angler: Salt Lake City
The Blacksmith Fork is a tad smaller than the Logan, but looks and fishes similarly. Like the Logan, the water is so pretty, and you'll want to fish dries. But if you want to consistently reach trout, especially bigger browns, fish with nymphs and streamers.
Blacksmith Fork holds mostly wild brown trout with some cutthroat and rainbow trout. This canyon stream offers about 20 miles of fly-fishing water above Hyrum, and, because the road is not a main thoroughfare, gets nowhere near the traffic or anglers.
The left-hand fork of the Blacksmith Fork has quite a bit of public access in case you run into too much private water on the main stem. The water below the second water dam runs through a canyon and if the fish are not taking flies on the surface, you'll have to work nymphs and streamers in the runs and pocket water. Use weights and sinkers to get deep enough in the pools.
If the river is clear, the fish can be spooky, so you'll have to fish the shadows and the edges of light. The deeper channels can be rich with plump trout, even during the heat of the day.
The ten miles above the dam are largely a meadow section and ideal for dry fly fishing. Few anglers venture into the upper reaches of the Blacksmith River, so if you want to fish by yourself, drive on upstream.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication