You've patiently waded through summer's gauntlet of distractions: the oppressive heat, your totalitarian children demanding trivialities like attention and love, and Utah's glut of sportsmen swarming the banks of the worst kept "secret spots" along the Weber and Strawberry Rivers. For your long suffering each year, fall offers a few short months of holy respite. The kids shuffle back to school, half the outdoorsmen hang up their rods in favor of bows or rifles, and finally you have enough elbow room to cast into the fall spawning frenzy of Browns—Utah's most abundant trout species.
To celebrate your victory, join the Four Seasons Fly Fishers as they host the unofficial kickoff to fall fly fishing season this Friday and Saturday along the banks of the Provo River. The fifth annual Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival promises two days of free clinics, classes and competitions headlined by Fall River Flyrods' master craftsman Jason Zicha and the anglers of High Country Fly Fishers, the Stonefly Society and Utah Anglers Unlimited.
For those who can manage to love both fly fishing and their children, there will be free youth clinics taught by Twin Territory pros AJ and Jace Garcia throughout the day on Friday. Youth ages 15 and under can also participate in the Provo River Kids Fly Fishing derby on Saturday from 10 a.m. To 3 p.m. as well. Competitors in the catch and release event will vie for the honors of biggest catch plus a new fly rod and reel combo.
Amateur adults can compete in the casting competition and will be judged for distance and accuracy while the pro division will pit local guides against each other. Those simply wishing to spectate can enjoy live music both evenings as well free BBQ. Wherever you land on the fly fishing spectrum, this year's festival will still have something fantastic for you to do.
For more information regarding the Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival, Aug. 22–23, please visit the event site.