-- the world's best, right here in Cache Valley
YOUR FLY IS SHOWING:
Round Rocks boasts an eye-catching sign. / Photo
by Jared Durrant
By Jared Durrant
May 3, 2006 | Many places have things associated with
them. For instance, when someone says the word Everest
many people automatically think of extreme mountain
climbing. When we hear the word Hawaii, many think of
beautiful beaches. When we hear the words Salt Lake
City many think, Mormons, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games,
or The Greatest Snow on Earth. But when we hear the
words Cache Valley, what comes to mind? Utah
State University? Agriculture?
time that Cache Valley steps up to its great calling.
It no longer needs to be known just for agriculture,
cheese or Utah State University although all of these
represent a part of what Cache Valley is. It is time
we step up, and back to the roots of our great valley's
name. It is called Cache Valley, because rugged mountain
men like Jim
Bridger would store (cache) their furs in various
spots throughout the valley. Jim Bridger lived off the
land and was happy; there was no cheese factory, no
agriculture, and definitely no university.
Summer recess provides the perfect opportunity for
us to experience happiness the same way Jim Bridger
did. We can go back to the basics, we can go hiking
or mountain biking in beautiful Logan Canyon, swim in
a few of the local ponds and reservoirs, or my personal
favorite, go fishing!
There are basically two types of fishing: spin fishing
(casting) or fly fishing. According to Wikipedia,
"The main practical difference between fly fishing and
casting is that in casting, you are using the weight
of the lure to "throw" it out (much like throwing a
baseball). In fly fishing, the "fly" is virtually weightless
and you are using the weight of the line to place the
fly where you want it to be. In fact, a fly line can
be "cast" without any fly or lure on it at all, a feat
impossible with a typical casting rod and reel. The
point is that a fly can be presented gently and under
the control of the angler instead of plopping down with
a big splash."
Many people enjoy the challenge that fly fishing presents.
a renowned artist and avid fisherman, has great perspective
on fly fishing.
"I look at fly fishing as a medium which requires
a lot of skill, patience and discipline," he said. "Fly-fishing
is not for everyone and makes up a small percentage
of the fishing world, but for those who take the time
to master the art will find it quite rewarding. To me
fly-fishing is relaxing, it's a passion for me to escape
from the realities of everyday life as I practice my
casting twice a day and test my skills when I do get
on the water. There are no shortcuts, what you put into
it, is what you'll get out of it."
Fly fishing does take a lot of skill, patience, and
discipline. Even experienced fishermen still run into
a few problems while fishing. Occasionally, you may
break a rod, snag a tree or a bush, and sometimes even
When Robert Morselli, a member of a popular fly fishing
newsgroup, was asked about his worst fishing experience
he responded, "I cast the fly, it landed on the water
and even had one or two seconds to sink. I guess that
Bob Clouser did an excellent job designing and constructing
that fly -- which is meant to resemble a small bait
fish -- because a pelican swooped over it and dove for
the fly, which was presumably under one or two feet
of water at that point. Initially, there was no tangling.
But I panicked. I started to reel in -- slowly. The
bird was hooked solid and started to flap violently,
so I released some line, and that was a mistake, too.
The bird came forward and managed to tangle itself in
what I thought was the line. Flapping wings. Squawking.
Tangled line. What a nightmare."
Fishing is Cache Valley's claim to fame. With our
beautiful rugged surroundings, clear mountain lakes
and streams, and no threat of pelican interference in
the canyon, Cache Valley is the perfect place to fish.
Many anglers visit our valley and canyons during the
spring, summer, and fall. They come from valleys and
states far away to experience the high-quality intermountain
fishing that is found in the Logan Canyon.
We also have a large amount of resident experts at
local stores throughout the valley. Rivers Wild is a
fly shop that produces tens of thousands of flies that
are distributed throughout the country to a variety
of specialty fly fishing stores. Rivers Wild also offers
fly fishing classes that are sponsored by Utah State
University. Steve Smith, the instructor for Rivers Wild
says jokingly, while teaching his students to tie a
fisherman's knot, "fly fishing is harder than chemistry."
Although said in jest, there is a lot of truth to
that statement. The hand, eye, line, and speed coordination
involved with fly fishing can make it harder than chemistry.
There are also other organizations located throughout
Cache Valley such as Spring Creek Outfitters, and Rainy's
Flies and Supplies, but my personal favorite is RoundRocks
When you walk into RoundRocks, you walk into a store
that is clean, organized, and open. Vic Nelson is
proud of the fact that RoundRocks is "undisputedly the
home of the world's largest fly."
RoundRocks isn't only the Home of the World's Largest
Fly, but it is also home to professional advice, and
superb customer service. Vic Nelson and Brian Whitaker
opened RoundRocks a little less than a year ago to provide
quality equipment at an affordable price for the many
fishermen who come to Cache Valley each season. They
have thousands of hand tied flies to choose from. They
also sell rods and reels for everybody- from first time
beginners to the avid angler. They encourage you to
test out the rod and reel before you purchase; they
want you to be completely satisfied.
With the Logan River running right behind their store,
Vic and Brian have the ideal location to teach beginners
the basics, and experienced anglers the more advanced
elements of fly fishing. Throughout the year RoundRocks
offers fly fishing classes at an affordable rate. These
classes are perfect for people of all skills levels.
If you have always wanted to try fly fishing, here is
the perfect opportunity: classes start May 3, at 6:30
pm. Classes last one month and consist of four hands
on sessions and two field trips where you can test out
your new skills, and even catch a fish or two. Brian
has a warning for all those who are considering taking
up fly fishing, "It can be addictive."
The sight of a fish striking your fly and jumping
out of the water with a big splash is breath taking.
Yes, fly fishing is addictive and a great hobby. Come
get "hooked" at RoundRocks "undisputedly the Home the
World's Largest Fly" at 530 S. Main in Logan.
From now on when you think of Cache Valley, instead
of thinking of cheese, agriculture or Utah State University,
think of the World's Largest Fly, and the World's