First, we tried to hit Big Cottonwood Creek two weeks ago and it was completely blown out. It was actually probably a little unsafe for us to even be in the water. If we haven't hinted about it, Big Cottonwood Creek is one of the mountain streams in Utah that has and will continue to take the lives of those who are not willing to respect the power of nature. But, we decided to drive up the canyon just to see the level of the water and if it was even possible to get in and throw a few flies. The water level was still a little high compared to her normal flow rate, but it was still fishable and visibility was returning to the water.
There were big bugs everywhere. I cannot stress this enough, bugs, bugs, and more bugs. Even though we started out with our standard rig of a gunslinger nymph dropped off of a stimulator, it became evident that we weren't going to need that dropper. We did pick up a couple of small trout on the nymph but most every other fish wanted to eat from the surface. And who can blame them.
And we took advantage of it. Quickly we passed by our Rule of Three and quickly lost ourselves in the joy of seeing our rod bend after almost every other cast. From Rainbows to Brown, we even were lucky enough to run into a beautiful Cutbow. Now is the time to get onto Big Cottonwood Creek!