The Price River could be one of Utah's premier trout streams. All it needs it a little more water.
Restricted flow in the fall and winter reduces the river to a trickle. As a result, fish there are stressed. Winter kill, especially in bad years, can be high.Jerry Nielson, project coordinator for the Stonefly Society, feels that a little more water could make the river one of Utah's best.
Trout Unlimited, Stonefly Society and the Federation of Fly Fishers will hold a fundraiser Sunday. The money, says Nielson, will be used to put more water in the river.
The dinner and auction will be at the University of Utah Park Hotel at 5 p.m. Cost will be $35 a ticket. For reservations call Bill Partner at 355-7571, Ken Updegrove at 277-4777, or Lance Smith at 272-5241 or 262-6247.
Of main concern, adds Nielson, is the nine-mile stretch of river from Scofield Dam to the highway into Price. Recently the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources began acquiring access to the section. Easiest access now is from the dam downstream, or the highway upstream.
"The road into the meadow (middle) section, where the best fishing is, is rough. You have to work to get in there, where the best fishing is, but that's part of the charm," he notes.
Money raised from the dinner/auction will be used to help solve the instream flow. Also, the groups plan to establish and ongoing fund to purchase water rights and riparian areas.
The river begins on the Wasatch Plateau along Skyline Drive. Waters from there flow into Scofield Reservoir. Waters that are released flow down to the highway, then link up with the White River, and eventually flow into the Green River.
In the fall, water flow from the reservoir is stopped and not started again until April. Nielson said leakage from the dam used to be enough to keep the river fed. "But, they've fixed the dam and now flow is down to almost nothing."