Brian Head and Panguitch Lake
FLY FISHING BRIAN HEAD, PANGUITCH LAKE & HATCH
Day trips are available to quality fly fishing waters in these towns. Guides will pick you up at your lodging facility and general drive time to some of our favorite waters is 10-30 minutes. Book your guide first, then call us so we can talk specifics and set an expectation for the days fishing that will make everyone happy.
Many of our preferred waters during the prime season are located nearby. Enjoy the option of fly fishing a stream and a lake during one full-day trip. Half-day trips will usually be more limited and dedicated to one or the other types of water (stream or lake). Float tubing various mountain lakes or wet-wading stream waters are what you can expect if you so desire.
Duck Creek, found along-side Highway 14, is a wonderful fly fishing stream with wild brookies and some nicer brown trout. There are many fishing ponds stocked with trout on Cedar Mountain, including Navajo Lake, Panguitch Lake, Duck Pond, Mammoth Creek, and Aspen Mirror Lake. The elevations on Cedar Mountain range from 8,500 ft. to 11,000 ft. perfect for cooler temperatures and wonderful fishing.
If you are looking for a fly fishing guide in southern Utah to show you how to find some of the more hidden gems of the Duck Creek and Brian Head area, then give Fremont River Guides a call. Our guides are experienced and flexible so that we can cater to anglers and their schedule when visiting this wonderful area.
Our Brian Head and Duck Creek Village fly fishing guides for southern Utah will pick you up at your lodging facility and can provide any equipment needed. Call as soon as you know the dates you will be in the area as our guides book up well in advance!
PANGUITCH LAKE AREA
Panguitch Lake was originally a large natural lake that has been dammed to become a reservoir of over 1,200 acres. The lake is located on the Markagunt Plateau, between Panguitch, Utah and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Brian Head-Panguitch Lake Scenic Byway or Utah’s Patchwork Parkway will take you on a drive you won’t soon forget.
Though the lake receives the most publicity from angling reports, magazine articles and television, there are many other quality waters nearby. There are multiple streams which border the lake and several others within a 20 minute drive. Our Panguitch Lake fly fishing guides will show you why many fly-fishers return to the area each year to experience this world class fishery.
Whether you are in search of dry fly fishing the streams or float tubing Panguitch Lake or one of several other local lakes, our experienced guides are up to the challenge.
The earliest known use of Panguitch Lake was as a fishery by Paiute Indians. In fact, the name Panguitch means “big fish” in the Paiute language. Panguitch Lake was treated with rotenone beginning May 1, 2006 to control the population of Utah chub, which were probably introduced accidentally by anglers using them as live bait. As this treatment removes all fish from the lake, it had to be restocked in May 25, 2006 with 20,000 rainbow trout. The lake has been treated three times since then.
OTHER AREA WATERS
Classic small stream waters fished with a dry fly are what give southern Utah its identity. Countless natural lakes and reservoirs will also entice those looking for peaceful and quiet places to bend a rod. Mammoth Creek has a prolific salmonfly hatch among others and Panguitch Creek won’t disappoint with an epic evening caddis.
Panguitch Lake has always been known to grow large trout. Rainbows as well as Bonneville cutthroat are being caught on flies in excess of 10 pounds. Float tubes and pontoon boats are perfectly suitable for fishing these waters, but come prepared for to anchor down in weather as this is a large lake. Fly fishing nearby Navajo Lake is also a wonderful experience. Tree lined emerald waters are home to sizable rainbows and relatively easy fishing.