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Cool Unit mountain Upper Weber river UT - rainbow, brook, cutthroat using switch rod + dry

This was my second trip to Utah with the same guide - first trip was nymphing for monster browns where I caught a ton on the lower Weber. See previous trip report post for some huge monster brown pictures.

But this time I asked my guide if I can try dry fly fishing.

I have NEVER ever tried dry fly fishing because every river I have encountered everywhere else have been subsurface (steelhead, salmon, perch, bass, trout, mackerel, etc...).

Then I asked my guide if I can use my switch rod (2 handed) for dries.
First he said the rod might be too long.
Then I said my G Loomis rod is 10'6" while his Sage VXP single hander was 10' - only half a foot different.
Second he said dry lines w/ tapered leaders only - I said sure and have: OPST Commando and Airflo Rage heads w/ tapered leaders.
So he took me along with another guide on his staff along who knows a lot more about spey fishing.

An hour drive from Salt Lake City, we reached a private ranch near the Smith Morehouse area and fished all day.

It was a blast to see PMX, Purple Haze, Chernobyl ants, and foam hoppers being eaten off the top of the water from my 2 hander.

Caught tons of small brook trout, beautiful cutthroat, and a few rainbows. Did not get the full grand slam: Arctic grayling or Tiger trout.... Next time!

Most of the time to cast the waters, I had to single hand it but I also had times where I had to spey cast to "reach" over multiple current seams to the opposite bank and land the fly upstream without a false cast.

My guide was surprised at how good the 2 handed rod worked on "small waters". My idea of "small waters" would be a ditch, canal or a trickle of water. I considered the water I fished more like a river (30-40 feet across).

The Airflo Rage line worked the best - landed lightly like a scandi line but cut through the wind easily. OPST Commando head casts well but lands very heavy due to the chunky nature of the short head - didn't catch much on the OPST head....
My new G Loomis PRO4X 5wt switch rod w/ Rage head:



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