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Best Fly Fishing Spots in Bryce Canyon

East Zion Fly Fishing Tour
Bryce Canyon Fly Fishing Escape Tour

Bryce Canyon was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850’s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce. Ebenezer Bryce was a Mormon pioneer and homesteaded in the area in 1874. The area around Bryce Canyon became a National Monument in 1923 and was designated a National Park in 1928. Bryce Canyon National Park covers 56 square miles and 35,835 acres. Bryce Canyon is a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

Bryce Canyon has some of the best trout fishing in Southern Utah. Bryce Canyon Fly Fishing will definitely be a treat! The rivers are bountiful with fish. You will find brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. Along the East Fork of the Sevier River the trout can measure from 8 to 14 inches. In the Tropic Reservoir you will find an abundance of rainbow trout. In headwaters and streams, you will find numerous wild brown trout and cutthroat trout. The river is located 7 miles south of Scenic Highway 12 which is at the western side of Bryce Canyon National Park. It flows with an altitude of 7,800 to 8,400 ft. If you go for deep pools, the most effective technique is fly fishing.

Fly Fishing in Zion National Park

Bryce Canyon Fly Fishing is a very popular sport amongst outdoorsmen and women. Most types of fishing are not very physically demanding, that’s why fishing is also a sport that is enjoyed by many people, young and old. When fishing, some opt to eat their catch and others opt to catch and release, because they are solely fishing for the sport. Fishing near and in Bryce Canyon is an immensely enjoyable experience. Whenever fishing, be sure to check and follow any guidelines and laws that apply. Fly fishing is one of the types of fishing that is much more involved, and physically demanding.

Fly fishing is an ancient form of angling that started over 430 years ago. There are five main types of flies; wet, dry, terrestrials, streamers, bucktails, and nymphs. A basic fly fishing line includes five different knots. Helen Shaw introduced new and innovative fly-tying techniques that are still being used today. Original fly fishing lines were commonly made of braided horsehair. Fly fishing rods typically measure between 7-11 feet. Mary Orvis Marbury created the first book of fly patterns in 1982. There are two main types of Fly fishing; wet and dry. You can Fly Fish in salt and freshwater.

Fly Fishing in Zion National Park

Reasons Bryce Canyon Fly Fishing is a good choice:

  • You want the advantage of unobtrusively distributing the fly, which is similar to fish food

  • Hope to catch fish such as various trout species and smallmouth bass

  • Most of your fishing will be on rivers or still water such as lakes or ponds

  • You would like to personalize your line, rod, tippet, leader, and flies based on preference and the type of fish that you want to catch.

Did you know that Fly fishing can be a total body workout? Wading, casting and reeling in fish can burn from 500 to 1,500 calories. The continuous movement requires constant low energy output. Casting a line and leaning against a current provide a slow and steady workout. You can also lower your cortisol levels by fly fishing. Being out in the wild and breathing in the fresh air can also improve your emotional, mental and physical health. You can also develop and improve your fine motor skills.

If you're often distracted, fly fishing is a good activity to improve your attention span. Any outdoor activities are shown to increase our ability to focus. However, sports such as angling are beneficial to enhancing concentration. It requires you to perfect your technique, and remain alert to make a good catch. Fly Fishing takes you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and provides a much needed break. Putting away your phone and connecting with nature is a great way to disconnect, relax, and unwind. Spending time in nature and fly fishing has a calming effect on the mind, and will possibly aid in lowering your anxiety levels.

The technique that you use to fly fish is like a well designed dance routine. In Fly fishing, a fake fly, called a lure, is used to sail through the air on a special fly fishing pole and lightly dropped onto the surface of the water. You repeat this process regularly until a fish bites as the fly lands. This is a great technique for catching surface feeding fish. This technique is used for top feeders, and is most efficient when used in fast moving water. Most fly fishermen wade into the stream and attempt this technique from there. In this instance, you will need supplies such as a fishing vest and waterproof waders. The only thing that you will need to learn is how to be skillful at casting. No worries. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered!

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My husband and I went on the Fly Fishing experience with Mikey and it was great! We’ve never fly fished before, and wanted to try something new. Mikey was a great teacher and had all the gear needed. He went through several casting techniques, how to decide what flies to use, how to read the water, and what to do once you catch one. It was a great beginner experience, and Mikey was an awesome and friendly host who was very dedicated to making sure we were successful in catching something no matter how much the fish didn’t want to cooperate!! The river was very pretty and peaceful too - it was great just being out in nature with no crowds!

Bryce Canyon Fly Fishing Tour

In between Bryce Canyon National Parks and Zion lies a river with gentle flowing curves and lush banks, blending beauty and isolation for the complete pristine fishing experience. ​Upon arrival you'll be fitted with everything you will need to be successful on the river including a fly rod, flies, and waders. In Bryce Canyon Fly Fishing our expert guide will also discuss strategy, technique and tips to make sure you have every chance of catching the big one! With years of experience guiding, our guides will make sure you are both comfortable and confident on the river and will give you either the help - or the space - that you need.

Whether it is your first time fly fishing or you're a fly fishing fanatic, a day on this picturesque river with our expertly trained guide is an experience you won't soon forget!

Asay Creek is a winding river that flows from Alton to Bryce on the East side of Zion National Park and north of the Grand Canyon. Located near Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Bryce Canyon National Park.

Duration: 4-5 Hours

Group Sizes: Up to 4

Ages: 8 and up

Skill level: None required

What to bring: Wear good water shoes. Pants are preferable. Bug repellent and water.

What we provide: Fly rod, flies, and waders

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