CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK FLY FISHING GUIDES
Fly fishing near Capitol Reef National Park is the best southern Utah has to offer. This region is all about the Fremont River drainage and the Boulder Mountain lakes where weeks and months of fishing would not be enough to learn it all. Various other watersheds exist, but none more productive than these. Deer are plentiful and if you’re lucky, the occasional Desert Bighorn Sheep will add to this angling adventure.
The Fremont River is the crown jewel of less traveled trophy waters which meander through awe inspiring red bluffs near the park boundary. Mountain plateaus meet the high desert and “color country” is formed. A gem of a freestone stream found in the south-central region of the beehive state. The Fremont, near Torrey, can be a great example of big fish in small water. This unique fishery is very suitable for anglers with some experience. Sight fishing to big browns with dries is common, as well as nymphing or streamers throughout the year.
The upper river receives cool water released from Johnson reservoir providing a nutrient rich environment that grows strong browns. Opportunities in the middle section near the towns of Fremont, Loa and Lyman dwindle as a result of being de-watered as well as over grazing from cattle. Near the town of Bicknell, the lower Fremont is a completely different stream. Springs fed from the Boulder and Parker plateaus keep flows consistent during the summer months except when flash floods from monsoon rains blow out the river. Private water completely dominates and access is difficult if not impossible. Guides have access to most of this lower stretch where public water is non-existent.
Capitol Reef National Park borders the Boulder Mountain and Fremont River. Torrey, Utah is the hub-town where you will find a variety of great restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, hotels, rv parks, gas stations and more. Other services can be found in the neighboring towns of Bicknell and Loa.
Open Year Round
Prime Season – April to October
Species of Trout
- Brown Trout
- Rainbow Trout
- Brook Trout
- Colorado River Cutthroat
- Bonneville Cutthroat Trout
- Tiger Trout hybrid
- Splake hybrid
Guide Trip Options
- Full Day – $595 for 2 anglers
- UTV Full Day – $850 for 2 anglers on remote waters
- Half Day – $425 for 2 anglers
- Private water guide trips available
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The upper most section below Johnson Valley Reservoir flows downstream through over 7 miles of forest service land before entering Mill Meadow Reservoir. We consider this section the “Upper Fremont”. This water has some long stretches which are overgrown with fallen branches, pine trees and sagebrush, but this section holds superb undercuts with large trout. From Capitol Reef National Park or Torrey town just outside the park boundaries, a 30 minute drive will get you to these waters.
We call the section of the river below Mill Meadow Reservoir the “Middle Fremont” which holds brown, rainbow and splake. The river will wind its way through the Fremont Valley passing the towns of Fremont, Loa and then Lyman picking up some spring water flow along its journey. There is some public access, but most of the water passes through private property. Certain sections can produce good numbers of fish here and even some larger trophy sized trout. Be prepared to travel down many county dirt roads if you want to fish the middle river as you can lose it quickly in the plethora of fields, canyons and private property. This is the least fishable region of the river.
Downriver from the small town of Bicknell are the north slope of the Boulder Mountains to the south and Thousand Lakes Mountain to the north. This section we refer to as the “Lower Fremont”. It is a very scenic section with many red rock bluffs as well as farmland as it passes the town of Torrey and only 5 minutes from park boundaries.
There are at least 20 miles of river on the lower section before it enters Capitol Reef National Park. Trout are only supported in the river until a few miles before it reaches the park. The lower river is almost completely private land with very little public access fishing. Most of the trout caught in this section are browns with a good population of rainbows and even an outside chance at a tiger or cutthroat if you’re lucky. The majority of this private water can be accessed through Fremont River Guides by hiring a guide.
The rewards are great here if you are willing to make the trek! Hatches are good during the spring, summer and fall. Midges, Baetis, Olive Stoneflies, Golden Stones, Tricos as well as numerous other mayfly, stonefly and caddis hatches. Don’t shy away from streamers as they tend to bring the bigger trout to the net. Whether you prefer using a dry-dropper technique or nymph with strike indicator, all will produce if presented properly.