|Early morning shadows on road to Red Creek Reservoir|
|NFO Outlaw Escape propped against Trout Truck|
|FisherDad about to launch Escape, without fins |
(note water level about about 10 feet low, normal for mid-summer)
|On water looking east, Trout Truck on distant shoreline|
The temperature at the reservoir was a cool 55 degrees upon arrival, which masked the truth about the oncoming mid-day heat. On the way up the Red Creek dirt road I noticed a few campers, which translated into a few shore fishermen at the reservoir (imagine what it might look like on Saturday!). The reservoir was very low, and there was a sort of mild algae bloom going on; currents containing millions of little dollops of algae clouded the water. Weed growth was not a problem, and while algae obscured visibility somewhat there was plenty of open water to fish.
|Osprey working the reservoir for lunch|
Upon arrival, parts of the northeastern shoreline near the inlet were still in the shade of the mountains, and there were trout working the shallows. I quickly inflated my North Fork Outdoors’ Outlaw Escape, donned my waders, and assembled my gear. It was then I noted that I failed to pack my kick fins. I have tube anchors, but I stopped bringing them because in high winds they don’t work that well, and in moderate winds I can use my fins to maintain position easier than the anchors. Not having the fins meant I’d be at the mercy of the winds while casting; this was very disappointing. But, the good news was that the Escape has its own integrated oar system (unlike other tubes such as the Fish Cat series), and the winds were mild. Nonetheless, you can’t fly cast while your hands are on the oars, and oars make more water noise than kick fins; this was a major blunder but it was not going to ruin the whole trip (I thought about driving into Beaver, UT to purchase another set of fins, but that would have wasted a couple of hours).
|Tools of the trade: 4-weight, 7.5 footer on top, 5-weight, 9.0 footer on bottom|
(both rods custom built by FisherDad)
|Wonderful wild rainbow in August|
|Another healthy rainbow from Red Creek|
|Dixie NF signage; black arrow on map shows location, |
with Panguitch Lake and Duck Creek directly below
(many intricate roads through the area creating endless possibilities)
|Paragonah, UT sunflower|
Despite the slower fishing, I can say the trout were respectable size and they fought very hard. The drive was scenic (well, at least once you pass Mesquite, NV) and the area around the reservoir was extremely relaxing in its solitude. The trip was a much appreciated birthday present.