Thursday, June 17, 2010

Catching Record Size Lake Trout At Flaming Gorge Lake Or Reservoir

How To Fish For Trophy Lake Trout, Giant Rainbow Trout, 
Monster Browns And Bass At Flaming Gorge

Photo Weighing In A Trophy Lake Trout At Flaming
            Gorge Reservoir In Wyoming And Utah   
While we love fly-fishing, we always encourage anglers to try different species of fish. One of the most intriguing and exciting fish species is the Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) aka Mackinaw or Mac. This wonderful game and food fish is actually a member of the Char family (Savlenius) like Brook Trout and Arctic Char.
Lake Trout In Wyoming and Utah Lucerne Valley

Lake Trout grow to over 100 lbs but anything over around 20-25 lbs can be considered a trophy. They are found in Canada and the United States. Our favorite place to fish for Mac’s is Flaming Gorge Res. On the Utah/Wyoming border. The Gorge is an exceptional fishery for Mac’s, Rainbow, Kokanee, Bass and Brown Trout. Both the Utah Lake Trout and Brown Trout record were caught here. Most excitingly, there is evidence of really humungous Mac’s in the reservoir so your chances of catching a record Laker is actually quite good all things considered.  More photos are lake trout are available through trrophy trout guide monty at:

Photo at Flaming Gorge Reservoir Of Angler With Giant
            Lake Trout, Guide Monty's Fishing
Trophy Mac's Are Big & Colorful
In general, lake trout may be grayish, greenish, brownish, or blackish. It has dark worm-like markings (vermiculation) on its side and back on an iridescent background color. The belly is whitish. The whole body is amply covered with light spots which are more intense than those of other chars and are more evident on younger fish. The lower fin is trimmed along its leading edge with creams and whites.

How To Find Giant Lake Trout
Angling for Lakers is both easy and difficult. Because they like deep water and specific structure, it is wise to get a guide if you don’t have a boat and/or want to learn to catch them consistently. We recommend Monty’s Fishing at Flaming Gorge. Monty is a great guide who is U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain offering service with Lucern Valley Marina in Utah who makes your fishing experience a ton of fun!

Photo Lake Trout Are Commonly 30-40 Pounds
In Size And Records Are Over 50 Pounds!
Large Lake Trout Are Caught Year After Year In Flaming Gorge Lake
Photo Angler With Trophy Lake Trout While
Fishing On "The Fish Teaser" boat Captained
By Monty of Montys Fishing Service At
Flaming Gorge.
Once you have learned a bit about fishing for these lunkers, you can try to go after them in your boat or rent one on the Gorge – again for rentals, we recommend the great folks at Lucerne Valley Marina just outside of Manila, Utah. They are a full service marina with everything from lodging and rental boats to Monty’s guide service and even tackle and advice.

Incredible Sites To See At Flaming Gorge
How was the fishing? Fantastic! We caught Lakers and Rainbows and had an absolute blast. Flaming Gorge is also a feast for the eyes with unimaginable sights, wildlife and history!  Vacationing at Flaming Gorge is a treat for the entire family with access to the full service marina at Lucern Valley Marina and Captain Monty of as your qualified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and guide providing services through Lucerne Valley Marina and Ashley National Forest.

Next blog I’ll talk about techniques for catching these monsters of the deep!

Monty's Fishing Website

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fly Fishing Flaming Gorge

Fly Fishing Flaming Gorge
Photo Nice Kokanee taken on a fly.  Kokanee
Salmon are found in large numbers throughout
the reservoir.                                                                                                                                 
I love fly fishing, in fact I love all types of fishing, but fly fishing is very near and dear to my heart.  Recently I had the opportunity to return to the lake known as Flaming Gorge and took the opportunity to spend time with Captain Monty Thurgood of  Captain Monty is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain & his Thunder Jet boat is U.S. Coast Guard inspected.  Captain Monty runs a tight ship and offers his 30 "+" years of fishing experience to all guests no matter how little or how much they know about catching fish on Flaming Gorge.
Fish The Streams That Feed Into Flaming Gorge Reservoir 
Photo Kokanee swimming in creek bottom
Fishing The Canyons, Creeks & Streams that flow into Flaming Gorge is a real treat.  Monty's fishing works in conjunction with the Lucerne Valley Marina in Manila Utah & Ashley National Forest.  With Captain Monty at the helm we headed out in the early morning hours looking for a quiet stream or creek that was not flowing too heavy from the Spring runoff.  Today we were looking for Kokanee, Small Mouth Bass, trophy Rainbow Trout, Deep hole Brown Trout & state record size lake trout!  In other words any and all fish were fair game.  There was no disappointment this day and we were soon fishing on a small creek that is only accessible by boat, a really shallow boat that can run in only 12" of water to get over the big boulders in the mouth of the creek.  Learn more about fly fishing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir at:
Captain Monty lived up to his reputation as a knowledgeable licensed Captain and manuvered his jet boat next to a large boulder so we could leave the boat without getting our feet wet.  The jet boat holds next to shore for guests to easily disembark to the shore to fly fish, stretch your legs or visit a full service rest stop.
Floating That First Fly In Flaming Gorge Reservoir
Photo Konanee Salmon fresh from a strong fiight
After a quick stretch of my legs my partner and I were on shore and casting into a stream that no one else in the world seemed to be aware of at the moment.  It didn't take long to hook the fiirst, second, third, fourth and so on.  Rainbows and Browns were everywhere and running in the 22-26 inch range.  Not bad for a # 16 Bears Paw.  The light morning hatch of gnats and mayflieswas just what we were looking for.  Active hatch means active fish that are unmolested in this incredible canyon.  See more Kokanee photos and details at: 

More Fishing For The State Record
I will cover more sites and fishing for record size lake trout, trophy rainbow trout that run up to 40 lb.s, huge brown trout, & fat small mouth bass. Captain Monty is a highly qualifed fishing guide and can be contacted at his web address