Fly Fishing Utah is the No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guide for Utah’s waters. It is written by Steve Scmidt who is the owner of Western Rivers Fly Shop in Salt Lake City and has been a staple of Utah fly fishing for decades now.
Fly Fishing Utah is a straightforward guide and one that does an excellent job at what it is suppose to do, give people the know how to fish a given water. The book is divided up into the following sections: Utah Vicinity Map, Conditions by Month, The Utah No Nonsense Fly-O-Matic, Common Game Fish in Utah, Utah Hatch Chart, The Best Flies to Use in Utah, Top Utah Fly Fishing Waters, and an Appendix.
Each section is exactly like the brand, no nonsense and this is a wonderful thing for a guidebook. Most people want to get to the gritty details and make stories for themselves out on the water. This guidebook does not contain fun little stories of the author’s exploits, but rather, tells you how to get out and make your own. One thing that we love about this guidebook is how visual it is, there are drawing for everything, and even the charts have a nice aesthetic look to them that makes them visually appealing. The first few sections, from the Utah Vicinity Map to The Best Flies to Use in Utah, are basic information for fly fishing in Utah, on any water and to be honest can be found in all guidebooks that focus on Utah as well as online.
The guide truly is no nonsense. When flipping through it the information that you want is right there and no one needs to go searching through twenty pages for two sentences. There is no index and there really doesn’t need to be one. The layout for each waterway is the exact same and becomes intuitive immediately after flipping through the book once or twice. There is enough information on each featured water that it would be difficult not to catch a fish after reading through its corresponding section.
The only negative that we have for this guidebook is its limited scope. It features only 22 waters. We don’t know how the “Top Utah Fly Fishing Waters” were chosen and narrowed down to 22, but they were. We definitely would have liked to have seen more waters featured, especially waters that may not get a lot of press and coverage. The Green, Provo, and Weber are mentioned in every single guidebook that can be purchased on the State of Utah, and more information exists for those rivers than all the other rivers combined. We understand that those rivers are more than likely going to be fished by individuals who bought this guidebook but at the same time we wonder if they could have been excluded for maybe some lesser known waters. Or, maybe they could have just made the guidebook bigger and focused on more waters.
As always, Good Luck and Guid Luck!