Utah Fly Fishing Reports

Utah Fly Fishing Report: Winter Midge Hatch

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Lower Provo (Below Deer Creek)

Winter fishing definitely has set in on the Provo River. Recent air temperatures have been ranging between 20 – 30 degrees. Water flow are low and clarity is clear. You will find the majority of fish in slower moving water close to river bank and deep slack water. Depending on the day you might experience a good Midge hatch around the 12:00 (noon) hr. Best time of day is from 11am – 3pm. You’ll see an occasional rise here and there.  Most success will come on the nymph on small bugs. Keep warm out there. See you on water. – WASATCH GUIDE SERVICE

Streamflow:  113 CFS

Primary Hatch: BWO’s (20 – 22) Midge (24- 22) Sow Bugs (18 – 22)

Best Techniques: 10-11 foot inline rig. Light tackle, Small midge and sow bugs have been the main food source.

Best Flies: Midge (18-24), Sow Bugs (20 -22), Juju Baetis (18-20) Barr’s Emergers (18- 22) Ray Charles (18-22) Flashback Pheasant


Provo River Fishing Report: Midge and Blue Wing Olive hatch

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Lower Provo (Below Deer Creek)

baetisThe lower Provo River has been fishing well lately with our warmer temps the last few weeks. We are experiencing a good mid-day Midge hatches and also seeing the beginning signs of Blue Wing Olives. Flows are still low which make for ideal wading conditions for sight fishing and casting dries. When fishing the nymph, use thin tippet and light weight on an in-line rig with a small indicator. Trout seem to be a bit shy of heavy tippet and weight. They are holding in all types of water from deep and slow to shallow and slow. I believe smaller bugs and good drifts are a must right now. As we see water temperatures rise we will witness many more BWO’s on the water. Best time to fish is from 10:30am – 5:00pm. Please continue to me mindful of other anglers and property owners. See you out there. – WASATCH GUIDE SERVICE

Streamflow: 101 CFS

Primary Hatch: BWO’s (18 – 22) Midge (18- 22) Sow Bugs (16 – 20) Baetis (18 – 22)

Best Techniques: In-line, bounce rigs, light weight, thin tippets and small indicators.

Best Flies: BWO’s (18-22), Midge (16-24), Sow Bugs (12 -22), Juju Baetis (18-20) Barr’s Emergers (18- 22) Ray Charles (18-22) Flashback Pheasant Tails (18-22)


Utah Fly Fishing Report: Fall Time on the Provo River

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Lower Provo (Below Deer Creek)

Utah Fly FishingThe Lower Provo is fishing tough right now. Not much of any “hatches” going on. Water clarity is poor and the moss is growing fast which makes getting good drifts not that easy. I believe its going to take some cold temps to help break off the moss before the Lower Provo starts fishing well again. Keep in mind that the Brown Trout Spawning Season is just around the corner. Please be careful not to wade over any spawning Redds. This week’s forecast is sunny mid 70’s. Get out and fish.

Streamflow: 260 CFS
Streamflow: 260 CFS
Best Hatches: Midges (#18 – #24) BWO’s (#18 – #20)
Best Techniques: Light weight and Tippets. Small indicators
Best Flies: BWO Barr Emergers (18-20), Zebra Midges (16-24), Disco Midges (18-22), RS2 (18-20), Sow Bugs

Middle Provo (Jordanelle to Deer Creek)

FullSizeRender (26)The Middle Provo River is fishing well. Great visibility and good Midge, Caddis and BWO “hatches”. The upper stretches are producing better fishing and bigger fish. Lots of pressure lately so if you want solitude, take a hike below legacy bridge or river road.

Streamflow: 175 CFS
Primary Hatches: Midges (#18 – #24) BWO’s (#18 – #20)
Best Techniques: Best hatch activity for dry fly fishing is mid-day from 11:30 to 3:00. Other than that deep nymphing your standard midge and baetis fare. Don’t forget Glo Bugs around the Charleston bridge area.
Best Flies: Jujuqaqa  midge (18-22), BWO Barr Emergers (18-20), Zebra Midges (16-24), Disco Midges (18-22), RS2 (18-20)


Provo River Fishing Report – Lots of Bugs.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Lower Provo (Below Deer Creek)

IMG_4504The Lower Provo River is fishing well for the majority of the day. Water temps are fairly cold and clear which makes for great fly fly fishing. There are lots of bugs on the water from Yellow Sally’s, PMD’s, BWO’s. Caddis and Midge. With as many hatches that are currently coming off on the Provo River your chances of catching many fish are very good. Currently the fish seem to be hanging out closer to the banks in softer water. So if you are one that loves to sight fish, keep your eyes peeled for trout in shallow water. Micro Sow Bugs and Midge have been a great combo to run on a in-line and/or bounce rig. Make sure you always run the right amount of weight. They say, the difference between a good nymph fisherman and a great nymph fisherman is usually about one splitshot. Please be mindful of other Anglers and Property Owners. See you on the River. – WASATCH GUIDE SERVICE

Streamflow: 355 CFS

Primary Hatch: BWO’s (16 – 22) PMD’s ( 16- 22) Midge (16 – 20) Sow Bugs (12 – 20) Baetis (16 – 22) Caddis (18 – 16)

Best Techniques: In-line and Bounce Rigs are both great this time of year

Best Flies: PMD’s (18-20), Golden Stones (12- 16)Midge (16-24), Sow Bugs (12 -22), Juju Baetis (18-20) Barr’s Emergers (18-16) Ray Charles (18-20) Flashback Pheasant Tails (22-18) Wiggle Bug (16-14) Caddis Pupa (18 – 20) Yellow Sally’s (14-16)


Provo River Fishing Report: That Perfect Drift

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Lower Provo (Below Deer Creek)

IMG_0128 (1)This week the lower Provo River has dropped significantly. My thought is with the amount of moisture we’ve been receiving lately, they’ve decide to hold back flows. Currently the river is running at 262 (cfs) which provides for great drifts and hatches. We are seeing good Midge hatch for the majority of the day and some Baetis in the afternoons. Trout are holding in all types of water from fast/deep and slow/shallow. Fishing on the upper stretches on the lower Provo have been producing quality size browns and rainbows. If you think you need to add or remove weight to get that perfect drift, do it. Sow bugs are the consistent bug right now. We look forward to seeing you on the river. – WASATCH GUIDE SERVICE

Streamflow: 262 CFS

Primary Hatch: BWO’s (16 – 22) Midge (16 – 20) Sow Bugs (12 – 20) Baetis (16 – 22) Caddis (18 – 16)

Best Techniques: Any rig will fish. Your weight has to be right.

Best Flies: BWO’s (18-20), Midge (16-24), Sow Bugs (12 -22), Juju Baetis (18-20) Barr’s Emergers (18-16) Ray Charles (18-20) Flashback Pheasant Tails (22-18) Wiggle Bug (16-14) Caddis Pupa (18 – 20)


Utah Fly Fishing Report: Trout moving into new feeding lanes.

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Lower Provo (Below Deer Creek)

photo (42)From last fishing report things have really changed on the lower Provo River. The river is now running at 543 CFS. With river levels going up as much as they have this past week, the trout have moved into new feeling lanes. Typically, when any river goes up the fish tend to move into the slow water. Sometimes they end up in deep runs but they also like shallower water close to the banks. Big Sow Bugs and Baetis nymphs on a bounce rigs have been a good rig lately. The month of May on the Provo River offers some of the best fly fishing conditions in the country. The big fish love to come out and play. Be careful crossing and we look forward to seeing you on the river. – WASATCH GUIDE SERVICE

Streamflow: 543 CFS

Primary Hatch: BWO’s (16 – 22) Midge (16 – 20) Sow Bugs (12 – 20) Baetis (16 – 22)

Best Techniques: Inline rig close to banks and bounce rig in fast deep water.

Best Flies: BWO’s (18-20), Midge (16-24), Sow Bugs (12 -22), Juju Baetis (18-20) Barr’s Emergers (18-16) Ray Charles (18-20) Flashback Pheasant Tails (22-18) Wiggle Bug (16-14)


Provo River Fishing Report: Incredible Fly Fishing Conditions

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Lower Provo (Below Deer Creek)

IMG_6848Fly fishing on the lower Provo River currently is offering up incredible fishing conditions. Flows are fluctuating a bit because of the recent rain we received this past weekend. With current River levels at 150CFS, the “Midge” and “Blue Wing Olive” hatches have been abundant offering great nymph and dry fly fishing. Best of day is between the hours of 12:00 (noon) and 6PM. We’d suggest fishing small midge, sows bugs and baetis nymphs on a “in-line”rig running tiny weight, thin tippet and small indicators. Inside seams and shallower water are holding quality size trout. Fish are also keying into a “Sow Bugs” in variety sizes and colors. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Be mindful of other Anglers and Property owners. See you on the water. – WASATCH GUIDE SERVICE

Streamflow: 150 CFS

Primary Hatch: BWO’s (16 – 22) Midge (16 – 20) Sow Bugs (16 – 20) Baetis (16 – 22)

Best Techniques: Fish all types of water (fast, slow, inside seams, outside seams) When fishing softer slower water, run the swing rig with light weight and short leader. Fish the dry.

Best Flies: BWO’s (18-20), Midge (16-24), Sow Bugs (18-22), Juju Baetis (18-20) Barr’s Emergers (18-16) Ray Charles (18-20) Flashback Pheasant Tails (22-18) Wiggle Bug (16-14)


Provo River Fishing Report: Blue Wing Olive – Hatch

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Lower Provo (Below Deer Creek)

Provo River - RainbowThe “Blue Wing Olive” hatch is in full swing on the lower Provo River. The river is running at 101 CFS which is great for sight fishing and clear water conditions. The “Midge” hatch has been heavy through out the entire day. The “Blue Wing Hatch” is starting around 11:00 a.m and lasting until 3:00 p.m. With the lower water levels it’s been a blast fishing light weight, leader and tippet with micro sow bugs and baetis nymphs. BIG trout are eating in the shallow water. The dry fly fishing has been good too on the Midge and BWO size 20 – 22. GO FISH. See you on the river – WASATCH GUIDE SERVICE

Streamflow: 101 CFS

Primary Hatch: BWO’s (16 – 22) Midge (16 – 20) Sow Bugs (16 – 20) Baetis (16 – 22)

Best Techniques: Fish all types of water.  (fast, slow, inside seams, outside seams) When fishing softer slower water, run the swing rig with light weight and short leader. Fish the dry.

Best Flies: BWO’s (18-20), Midge (16-24), Sow Bugs (18-22), Juju Baetis (18-20) Barr’s Emergers (18-16) Ray Charles (18-20) Flashback Pheasant Tails (22-18)


Utah Fly Fishing Report: Small Flies and Thin Tippet

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Lower Provo (Below Deer Creek)

photo (8)It sure feels like Spring in Utah right now. With the warmer weather lately the fishing on the Provo River has been good. We are seeing that trout are feeding and holding in deeper slower moving water but seeing fish eating small midge and BWO’s on the surface as well. As we come into March we will witness more and more of  a BWO Hatch, so have your dry fly box ready. Go smaller on your fly and light on your tippet when fishing the dry, it’s to your advantage. With the River running as clear as it is now, the sight fishing is great.  Fish the “Inline Rig” with thin tippet, small bugs and light weight, it’s a blast. Please contact us if you have any questions. See you on the water. – WASATCH GUIDE SERVICE

Streamflow: 100 CFS

Primary Hatch: BWO’s (16 – 22) Midge (16 – 20) Sow Bugs (16 – 20) Baetis (16 – 22)

Best Techniques: Fish all types of water.  (fast, slow, inside seams, outside seams) When fishing softer slower water, run the swing rig with light weight and short leader. Fish the dry.

Best Flies: BWO’s (18-20), Midge (16-24), Sow Bugs (18-22), Juju Baetis (18-20) Barr’s Emergers (18-16) Ray Charles (18-20) Flashback Pheasant Tails (22-18)

 


Provo River Fly Fishing Report – Winter – Midge Hatch

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Power Provo (Below Deer Creek)

_MG_4581 copy 2HAPPY NEW YEAR! There’s not  many places in Utah during the Winter that are as beautiful and peaceful as the Provo River. With snow lining the rivers edge and bald eagles flying over head, you have to get out and fish. Water flows on the lower Provo River are 99-CFS making for easy wading and gin clear water. Recently we’ve been fishing nymphs but have seen great  “midge” hatches that are bring quality fish to the surface looking for the dry. Fish seem to be gathering into deep slower moving runs for the majority but we have caught some fast fish in the faster water too. With temperatures rising this week I anticipate the dry fly fishing between the hours of 12:00 (noon) and 3:30 p.m. to be good. Lighter tippets and smaller flies seem to be the ticket. Please always respect other anglers and land owners. See you on the water soon. WASATCH GUIDE SERVICE

Streamflow:: 99 CFS

Primary Hatch: Midge (#22-#20)  BWO’s (#22-#18) Yong’s (#22 – #20) Sow Bug (#22 – #18)

Best Techniques: Lighter tippet, Small bugs, Perfect weight.

Best Flies: SOW bugs (#22-#18), JuJu Baetis (20-18)  Midges (16-24), Flash Back PT (18-22), RS2 (18-20)