I have to agree with many previous posts. I love this thread. When "last wild human" mentioned Web Adams and the Anglers Inn in Ogden, I had to reply ! And yes like many I could fill a book. Web and I met in 1976 when we worked at the original Anglers Inn store in Sugarhouse and the rest as they say is History !! Web and I opened the Anglers Inn store in Sandy UT, In 1978 Shortly after Web opened the Ogden Anglers Inn. I taught Web most everything he knows about fishing ( Not really well, maybe, I had to throw that in because I am sure he will catch this and Work me over, he is a stealth "word ling". He trolls this site (always fishing LOL) We are still very close. I can't wait for him to catch this.)my best friend ,s birthday is in February, up north in Huntsville in feb it,s below zero hard water fishing at it,s best , we wanted a change, anglers inn open'd a store in riverdale a guy named web adams told us about hite marina and how to catch bass large-mouth and striped maybe crappie too . in the winter, unheard of for us so we took a 16 ft canoe 1.5 hp motor , camped at hite fished north wash ,dirty devil , up the river above the bridge, we were hooked for the next 16 years , we moved to farley canyon when the water drop ed . some years were good others were fantastic some beyond belief ,that was 1983, children, work ,life , kept me home in the early 2000,s 2017 i retired from udot no more on call 24 7s , now i come as often as i can at least once a month winter summer , i like to fish out of my kayak . it is the most bueatful place in the world i consider my self lucky to have found it.
My first trip to Lake Powell was in 1973. A buddy of mine and his parents set up a houseboat trip out of Bullfrog for Him and his two buddies, which I was lucky enough to be one of his buddies. On the drive down buddy #2 was struck with what we found out later was an appendicitis attack. His parents immediately turned around and took him back to SLC for medical care. That left Mike and I alone with the houseboat and a fishing skiff for two days. We were not allowed to operate the Houseboat, but good to go on the skiff. We were fishing addicts and had recently talked with Bass Pros at a Wolfes Sporting goods promotion they had held at the Downtown SLC store. They had a cooler full of huge LMB they had recently caught at Powell and raved that it was one of the TOP bass fisheries in the country, There is not enough space to even cover that trip, suffice it to say it was incredible to say the least, and the fishing was really fantastically awesome as well. Largemouth and Huge Crappie on virtually every cast. We also fished under the lights at the marina off the Houseboat and caught fish until we dropped from exhaustion. His parents when they returned allowed us to head out with The Houseboat to Lake Canyon. Trees still sticking out of the water with fish all over them !! They thought we were the best anglers in the world ( so did we) It was more how great the Lake was but that did not stop us. I WAS HOOKED PUN INTENDED. Since then I do not think I have missed a year and most years have had multiple trips per year to the Lake. My best friend who I met at AI, purchased a surplus Houseboat in 1982 at Wahweap, he motored up and put it on Buoy field at the HITE Marina..
It was there until the demise of Hite. I was fortunate to have been on many trips on the "gitzit' in the past out of Hite, our favorite part of the Lake and still going on more trips every year. That boat (Gitzit) is still in operation out of Halls Crossing. I still fish often with Web and have been close friends with him over all these years. I have so many great memories of the Lake it has been a huge part of my life!! I have driven the long dirt road and launched and camped in the back arm of the San Juan, as well as Blue Notch and Farley. Explored and fished camped and House boated from Wahweap, to the days we travelled above the bridges at Hite. I think I have made a visit to and or fished almost every canyon the length of this great Lake and yet there is still so much to explore and of COURSE to FISH. Through my contacts and customers at AI over all the years (25 at AI) I was able to experience many more stories and tales of this great lake.
Thanks for starting this post. On a cold winter day it has brought back many warm memories !!! I am sure they will be many more to come, at one of my favorite places on this earth!!