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South Fork Baetis and the Utah Chub!!!


The Mysterious Species

The morning of October 9th was warm, still and cloudy.  Horrible for duck hunting but perfect for some late season fishing on the South Fork.  After a fruitless morning duck hunt on the Teton River, my friends, Shawn and Beverly, and I, headed to the South Fork for an afternoon float.  We started up by the dam to target some big fish and then look for baetis sippers downstream near Husky’s.  We started working the discharge seam line with nymph rigs, when suddenly Beverly’s indicator submerged beneath the water surface.  We saw some brown streaks underwater and started the hoots and hollers; when suddenly the mysterious fish appeared.  The sounds of “ohh,” “gross,” “what is it,” filled the boat.  “I think it is a pike minnow,” was my guess at identification – but I have never seen a pike minnow.  Carp?  No, not in the South Fork.  Possible rabid sucker?  Not sure.


The Mysterious Catch

The Utah Chub - identified


The fish was a Utah Chub.  A native to the South Fork drainage that comes from the Carp family or Cyprinidae.  A first for everyone fishing that day and a cool experience as the fish is completely native and not normally caught with fly tackle.


After catching some more fish up by the dam, we needed a change of scenery.  We floated down towards Husky’s and found some great pods of fish eating on Baetis.  The Baetis hatch was thick from the cloudy warm day.  The lack of wind allowed them to stay on the water surface and become a meal for some lucky trout.


Beverly and a South Fork Brown Trout

South Fork Brown Trout


Fish were eating streamers from boat ramp to boat ramp.

South Fork Brown Trout via a Streamer

And the Baetis were thick!

Baetis in a back eddy of the South Fork

Baetis in a back eddy


More Baetis

And fish were eating them!


A Rainbow caught on a Baetis Dry Fly



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