Welcome

Welcome to High Country Fly Fishers. We are a conservation-oriented Trout Unlimited chapter located in beautiful Park City, Utah and covering all of Summit and Wasatch counties. Our activities include teaching fly fishing and fly tying, conservation projects in support of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, the Trout-in-the-Classroom program at local schools and lots of great fishing trips.  We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and feature fishing guides, fly tiers and fisheries biologists from all over the western states as speakers.  Old friends and new members are always welcome, so drop by for good conversation, interesting programs and fish tales.

Next Meeting
Date:Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm.  (Note the earlier start time.)
Location:Deer Valley Ponds
Program:HCFF member Marty Howard will teach “Two-Handed Casting,” which is a technique that’s effective for every fly rod from a 7-foot, 3-weight to a 12-foot, 10-weight and is especially useful when a backcast isn’t possible. Bring your own fly rod if you’d like to give it a try.

To celebrate our first live meeting in many months, the club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs before the meeting, so bring a lawn chair and a beverage of your choice and meet us at the pavilion north of the big pond at 6:00 pm. Please be sure to submit the “Deer Valley Ponds BBQ” form on the Activity Sign Up page so we know how much food to buy. Thanks!

Prez Sez

Eric Luna 03I don’t typically enjoy looking in the rearview mirror, but since I can see masks, social distancing, and fear fading fast, it’s not a bad view. It gives me pleasure to announce that High Country Fly Fishers is open for business.

Can I get an Amen?

We restarted monthly meetings in February (via Zoom for now, but in-person soon), completed our first three Fishouts, Trout in the Classroom, a few HCFF Fish Days, beginner fishing clinics, advanced fly tying, and several conservation programs.

At June’s monthly meeting, we held a drawing for a trip down the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho, generously donated by Ron Miller, formerly from Park City, and a longtime friend of the club. We had 45 contributions, with several persons buying multiple tickets, the winner, John Mueller, being one of them. We thank everyone for their participation and donations. Your contributions help HCFF financially support conservation and youth education projects around our community.

Our conservation team, led by Jayne Guyse, Bruce Pope, and Pat Ronneburg have been especially busy, managing cleanups and our biggest undertaking ever, this year’s Strawberry Willow Planting.

The Willow Planting was the culmination of our Embrace A Stream fundraiser, where we received grant money from Trout Unlimited and Orvis, much of which was matched by our generous club members. Pat did a great job of marshalling forces from HCFF and other supportive groups to assemble a team of over 70 volunteers who provided two days of chain gang style labor, planting over 1,000 willows along the banks of Strawberry tributaries. Volunteers were treated to a fun streamside barbecue to close out the event.

Our resident videographer, Brian Kretschmar, memorialized our Willow Planting efforts in this video.

Picture1HCFF also joined forces with Fish For Garbage on April 24th at Bridal Veil Falls to celebrate Earth Day. Our Conservation Committee prepared and handed out 200 breakfast treat bags to the volunteers who gathered to pick up trash along the Lower Provo, spreading the word about High Country and Trout Unlimited in the process.

This event drew 400+ volunteers who picked up 12,000 pounds of trash.

Check out Fish for Garbage blog for photos of the successful event: 2021 Lower Provo River Cleanup — FISH FOR GARBAGE

Wendy Glorit and Mike Bowers also were busy assembling a team of experienced HCFF anglers to conduct two beginner fly fishing clinics. Both clinics were oversold, and we received rave reviews from the participants.

These are just a few of the activities in which you can participate by becoming an active member of High Country Fly Fishers, so check the Calendar page on our website and sign up.

We look forward to seeing you at our events and on the water.

Tight Lines,

Eric

Park City, Utah