Fishing the Mirror Lake Highway
Fly fishing the Mirror Lake Highway in Utah is one of the best fishing experiences you’ll ever have. The Mirror Lake Highway cuts through the high country of the Uinta Mountains just 90 minutes from Salt Lake City. The winding road takes you past some of the best trout fishing in the state – and in the West.
Fly fishing Mirror Lake Highway-area streams and ponds primarily happens June – October, depending on weather. The most common fish along here is the brook trout, although there are plenty of tiger and cutthroat trout around as well.
While there’s easy access to tons of water just off the highway, the best fishing is found when you put a few miles between yourself and the nearest road.
Oh, and this is one of two areas in Utah home to golden trout. So if that fish is on your bucket list, we can put you on one of the only wild, self-sustaining populations of these rare fish in the world.
Below are some of the specific waters we fish, with primary species listed. If you’re interested in fly fishing Mirror Lake Highway-area streams, get in touch. We’d love to take you out for a day on the water.
Upper Provo River – Brown, Brook, and Rainbow trout
The Provo River is one of the best fisheries in Utah. However, its upper reaches here in the Uinta Mountains don’t get a lot of pressure, which makes for quick, fun fishing on dry flies for brown, brook and rainbow trout. Fishing is best from the end of June through September. This is one of the best dry-fly streams along the Mirror Lake Highway.
Currant Creek – Brown, Cutthroat, Rainbow, and Tiger trout
Currant Creek Reservoir sits in one of the most gorgeous valleys in all of Utah. It’s home to some outstanding tiger and cutthroat trout, in addition to tons of feisty rainbows. At ice-off, there’s a legitimate chance you’ll catch a tiger or cutthroat trout that’s 25 inches or bigger.
When Currant Creek leaves the reservoir, it’s home to a bunch of wild browns – some of which grow to 18 inches. Fishing Currant Creek is an intimate, intense experience, and early May – October is the best time to fish it.
Echo Lake – Golden and Brook trout
Echo Lake is at the end of a nasty road, tucked deep in the Murdock Basin. It’s miles from anywhere, and home to one of two populations of wild, self-sustaining golden trout in Utah. As soon as the snow clears – which can be as early as late May – Echo fishes great until the snow once again blocks the road. It’s a bear to get into, but the reward is one of the rarest trout in the world.
Other Waters – Brook, Brown, Rainbow, Tiger, and Cutthroat Trout
In addition to the above fisheries, some of the better-producing waters along the Mirror Lake Highway include:
- Upper Duchesne River: mostly brook trout, but a few browns and rainbows, too. Fishes well from June – October.
- Mirror Lake: The namesake for this area, Mirror Lake gets hit hard with weekend traffic, but still has good numbers of rainbow and brook trout. Fishes well from May – October.
- Kamas Lake: Cutthroat trout are the staple here. Fishes well from June – October.