Solo Backcountry Camping, Tenkara Fly Fishing in the Deserts of Utah for Wild Trout!

This quick autumn overnight camping trip into the arid deserts of Utah was one of my favorite trips ever. I bring my tenkara rod and a selection of flies. The scenery was incredible and the trout were hungry!

Spoiler alert! I lost dozens of fish once hooked. Next time I go back I’m coming with a shorter rod and a net that’s faster to deploy. Even still, had an incredible time.

Thanks for watching!

0:00 – Cinematic B-Roll
0:50 – Intro
2:23 – Cinematic B-Roll
6:40 – Lost Fish
8:20 – First Fish
11:32 – End of First Day
18:47 – 2nd Fish
24:20 – Outro



  1. Benjamin Atkinson on June 17, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Consider adding polarized sunglasses to your toolkit, it’ll take care of that glare on top of the water

  2. David Jeffrey on June 17, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Great video! What a stunning location!

  3. Will Maynard on June 17, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Great video, and nice to see someone not taking themselves too serious when they mess up 😃.

  4. RDK on June 17, 2021 at 7:35 pm


  5. Mary Konchar on June 17, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Beautifully filmed in spectacular country. I’m glad to see you still have that great still photography eye, and that you are still pursuing the arts. Didn’t know you were into fly fishing. I am too, and fishing has pretty much dominated my photography for the last year or so. Looking forward to seeing more work on your channel.

  6. Elbert Garrett on June 17, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Serene landscape beautifully filmed, great fun!

  7. Tenkara Addict on June 17, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    This was an absolute joy to watch. Great job!

  8. Steve Elder on June 17, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Really nice work. What a spot! I want to be there right now. Today. Even though you had a bad day (hooking-up-wise) you still had a blast. I could feel it! I’d predict next time you go you will have little problem keeping them on the line, particularly with a shorter rod. My shorty is a Badger (now Tenkara Adventure Outfitters) UNC (for Un Named Creek…like these!). It might be too small at 8’6" than what you are looking for. But it’s a nifty little rod.

    Your fussy fly selection was hilarious. Not making fun — I assume you were *trying* to have fun with it. Those fish would hit anything half-well presented without spooking them. And no need to fish 2 flies on that water! It was fun to be able to see the Chubby C on the video…I would have never thought to fish a fly like that there. I’d just throw on a #14 PA, or just about anything, and fish it all day long.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep it coming!

  9. Vandrefalk on June 17, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Man, WHAT a scenery!

  10. TravisRush5 on June 17, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Awesome video. Keep pushing content like this and you’ll see so much success. Thank you for sharing in your fun.

  11. Lesley Albjerg on June 17, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    I reallly enjoyed your video. I read the comments and you would love a TenkaraBum Traveler 27 on that stream. Double check the sharpness of your hooks. I don’t know if you tie your own, but hook sharpness and Tenkara success go hand in hand.

  12. Steve Walcott on June 17, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Beautiful creek and canyon! Great job! Your poor rod took a beating!

  13. Eric Leslie on June 17, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Love love love this. You might consider joining a discord channel Troutflies just started so it’s mostly Utah fly fisherman. You’d probably like it. REgardless, I’ll see you around! @t

  14. Springteen on June 17, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Dude you mentioned the state utah the country USA creeks and tributary but not the name of the locations, please give information on the video subject. Other wise your videos are of no useful.

  15. Rick Collins on June 17, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Hah, a #10 that’s as big as the fish. LOL Good times tho. Check the point on that hook!

  16. caleshtcincredibles on June 17, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    beautiful scenery and you got into some fish , pretty good outing

  17. Rosin Fly Fishing on June 17, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Great video… Minus the Tenkara rod [ 😉 ], keep it going!

  18. Jim Zechmann on June 17, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Great video…keep these coming! I really appreciate that you let us know what flies your using.

  19. OffTheWaughFilms on June 17, 2021 at 8:05 pm


  20. CZ65 on June 17, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Your filming is wonderful.
    I think in this location you would be better served with a shorter rod.
    Hit me up if you ever make it to northern Idaho.

  21. Eric Schramm on June 17, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    So beautiful, and so, so frustrating! I take a little hook file to give ’em a new edge when this happens (not that it works all the time!). Also, about the net: it may not be any quicker to deploy, but for backpacking and bushwacking to remote streams, I have loved the handy pak insta net. You might like it, they’ve been making them in the USA for many decades, lifetime guarantee, and folds down to very small size. I really liked the video, do some more!

  22. Rene Botelho on June 17, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Bellos lugares hermosa pesca muchas gracias..tal vez un equipo mas pequeño seria mejor? Saludos desde Bolivia

  23. Tenkara Rod Co on June 17, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    One of my favorite places to catch trout, great video!

  24. gt_ s on June 17, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Great video, looks like an epic spot and lots of fun!

  25. Travis Nickey on June 17, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Great video! Looks like an amazing place to fish! Really liked the B roll you added. Hope you get more in the net next time!

  26. Benjamin Hoke on June 17, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Great video, thanks so much

  27. m lee on June 17, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Enjoyed your video. If you are interested in a shorter rod, I like: and I also have the tenkara rod co. white cloud 240 but I like the Shimotsuke Tenkara Gen 240 better because it casts better

  28. David Jeffrey on June 17, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Question. I’m new to Tenkara but an experienced fly Fisher. Is the ‘lost fish’ percentage typically higher than for fly fishing? In fly fishing, we can pull the line in with our non-casting arm and set the hook. In Tenkara, its merely the tension of the rod…..?

  29. D J on June 17, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Are you hiking Crox??

  30. Jordan Walter on June 17, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Awesome dude!

  31. Curtis Lloyd on June 17, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    I love your videos. I’m a lot like you in that I use western flies on a Tenkara rod. I live in Salt Lake. Reach out if you want to go fishing some time. I can show some of my favorite spots. I caught 7 species of fish in a single creek in one day. Keep fishing and keep up the videos.

  32. Janie Nickey on June 17, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Beautiful scenery and video! I’m ready to go explore! Thanks for this!

  33. robert burton on June 17, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Am I the only one here that just absolutely sucks at fly fishing ?

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