Known as the “roof of Utah,” the High Uintas are the tallest mountain range in the state and are known for rugged peaks and countless lakes—most of which contain either brook trout, cutthroat trout, tiger trout, grayling, or rainbow trout. Fishing opportunities in the Uintas are abundant and diverse, ranging from hike-in lakes above treeline to float tube and shoreline fishing at drive-in access lakes. The lakes near Mirror lake Highway are by far the most popular and are managed accordingly with hatchery-bred trout being the norm. Alternatively, more remote lakes in the Uintas provide a more wilderness experience, along with the opportunity to catch more wild, opportunistic trout that rarely see fishing pressure.
With the vast majority of the Uintas being split between the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache and Ashley National Forests, public access points are abundant across the range. From Kamas, the Mirror Lake Highway (SR 150) grants entry to the western half of the Uintas and is a great jumping off point to explore the near-limitless fishing opportunities within this unique mountain range. Crystal, Trial, and Mirror Lake Trailheads are all great introductions to the area and are located about 26 miles east of Kamas on SR 150. If you’re headed to the Uintas and want more information on the many stillwater fly fishing opportunities in the area, be sure to stop by the Fishwest Fly Shop in Kamas to learn more.
Due to its high elevation and lingering snowpack, the High Uintas typically aren’t accessible until June or even July during high snow years. As ice recedes from these high mountain lakes, fish are generally eager to feed before winter sets in again. This makes summer a great time to catch aggressive, opportunistic trout at high elevations!
For more detailed information, please visit the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources.
Recommended Flies & Gear
- Fly Rod: 9ft 5wt for the higher elevation Provo can go shorter/smaller rod.
- Fly Line: WF5F - Weight forward 5wt floating check out Scientific Anglers Amplitude Infinity
- Leader: Tapered 9ft 5x Rio Powerflex Plus Tapered Leader
- Tippet: 6x-3x TroutHunter Evo Nylon Tippet or TroutHunter Flourocarbon Tippet
- Current Patterns: Tailwater Sow, Ray Charles, Scuds, Zebra Midge, Bling Midge, Mayhem, Sculpzilla, Zonkers, Buggers