Unfortunately, bad things can happen when we’re out on the water. Just ask those that have been fishing in Dutch John over the past couple of weeks. 9,000 cfs is no joke and more than enough water to test the most seasoned of oarsmen! Several boats have been lost. Thankfully, to our knowledge, no one has been hurt.
Of course, this fishing is very different than a day on the Provo River. However, many risks can still present themselves. Be sure to check your flows, be sure to wear a wading belt and most importantly don’t fish alone.
By hiring a guide, you will not only have an attentive and engaged partner. But, you will also have access to a deep well of experience and knowledge to keep you safe.
Gameplan | R&D
Save your self some time. During high water the only constant is change. An unfamiliar set of circumstances can present you with a very unsuccessful day on the water. Good guides are duty bound to acquire the most up to date and accurate sets of data possible on the waters they fish. No matter the challenges or how many miles they put on their rigs. They must sacrifice their time and personal relationships to chase down this elusive holy grail of knowledge. Yes, they may share some generic info on a fishing report. But, in truth, the real skinny is reserved for those willing to book a trip.
Setup & Fly Selection
The devil is in the details. Adaptation and creativity are indispensable in high water conditions.
Depth and weight are critical to success and this doesn’t always mean 7 BB’s and 10 feet of 2x. In reality, it means cold hands, blood knots and broken finger nails. Reading water, as always, is important and it is only made infinitely more difficult by water that is high and off color. High water requires patience and strategic searching techniques. One of the most valuable things you can glean from a good guide is observing the tactics and adjustments he/she makes when it’s time to switch it up.
Believe it or not, fly selection is important and it may or my not be true that the only flies that matter in the “High Water” game are San Juans and Rubber Legs. You’ll have to hire a guide to find out!:)
Without question, as guides, we own a certain bias when it comes to writing a post about why you should hire a guide. On the surface it seem disingenuous and self serving. But, we hope that most of you can see though this illusion and realize that our motivations are more complex and good hearted than that. We take great joy in sharing our knowledge and contributing to your success as an angler. Sure, guided anglers generally catch larger fish (and more of them) than non-guided anglers, however, the biggest difference will be what you learn, not what you catch.
For those of you who desire to learn as much as possible about holding water, casting techniques and fish behavior during this high water year we definitely recommend hiring a guide, if only for a day
Ultimately, we want you to take the knowledge from our shared time on the river and enjoy as many solo excursions as you can.