Life is just better when you’re fishing.

No doubt about it—life is just better when you’re fishing. Numerous streams, rivers, and lakes surround Park City and offer some of the best fly-fishing in the country.

“The mild winter has made for awesome fishing this summer,” said Chad Jaques, owner of Trout Bum 2 (troutbum2.com). “A shorter spring runoff means outstanding hatches of green drakes stoneflies, pale morning duns caddis, and maybe even cicadas. 2012 will be a year of awesome summer fly-fishing.”

Get your gear together and head for the tail waters. Jans (jans.com) has been a local expert in fly-fishing gear and tours for decades. “It’s not only the rod and reel that make a difference,” said Larry Culley of Jans Fly Shop. “The right wading outerwear can make all the difference between a day of enjoying the incredible natural beauty all around you or suffering because you’re too cold to relax.”

A professional guide is always your best bet to knowing where the fish are. Ken and Jen Mihal, owners of Park City on the Fly (parkcityonthefly.com) have spent thousands of days fishing the local waters since they started guiding fifteen years ago. “We live to fish and love sharing our passion,” they said. “We spend every free moment on one river or another, exploring more undiscovered territory, chasing more, even bigger fish…or trying to get that one that got away!”

When the snow melts, Jeff Schmailer of White Dog (gowhitedog.com) trades his skis in for a fishing rod. Like so many who live, work, and play in Park City, he loves being in the outdoors twelve months a year. “Sharing great fishing spots on the Provo and Weber Rivers with people is the best day I can imagine,” Jeff said. “Just try one of our half-day trips, and I know you’ll be as hooked as the fish you catch.”

One of the highlights of the summer in the Wasatch Mountains is the Utah Fly Fishing Challenge. This event benefits the National Abilities Center and is always as much fun for spectators as it is for Anglers. Mark your calendars for September 21-22, 2012 and go to utahflyfishingchallenge.org for all the details.

If you or your family haven’t discovered the joy of spending a summer day surrounded by the Utah sky, mountains, and water, promise yourself you’ll give fly-fishing a try. Any one of the guides listed here can ensure a day of relaxation and sportsmanship that will be long remembered. You’ll come away agreeing with the adage, “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”