Utah Fly Fishing: Provo River & Weber River

Provo River | Weber River
If you are visiting Park City, Utah or Salt Lake City, Utah and want to fly fish, you are in luck! There is great fly fishing available a very short distance away. Park City, Utah is only 15-20 minutes from the first access points on the Provo River and the Weber River. Salt Lake City is only another 25 minutes further. You can literally fly in to the Salt Lake International Airport and be fly fishing within an hour of picking up your bags. If you have only limited time, you can easily fit in a half day guide trip. During the ski season, you can even ski powder in the morning and fish in the afternoon. During the summer you can easily combine a half day trip with other activities such as golfing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding or whatever you want to do. If you are visiting Utah and staying in the Park City or Salt Lake City areas, we are happy to pick you up at your hotel or lodging and drop you back off with sore arms from catching fish at the end of the trip! Give us a call and let us show you how great the fishing can be within 20 minutes of Park City or 40 minutes of Salt Lake City, Utah. Head out on a fly fishing trip with us, you won’t be disappointed.

Provo River Fly Fishing

The Provo River flows a vast eighty-one miles from Mirror Lake in the high Uinta Mountains down through the beautiful Provo Valley eventually emptying into Utah Lake. The world-famous blue ribbon trout fishery of the Provo River consists of three different sections, referred to as the upper Provo, middle Provo and lower Provo. Each section of the river affords a unique ambiance and characteristic.

The Provo River is home to more than 3,500 wild brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout per square mile in its most fertile reaches that thrive on the abundant aquatic insect life. In the most productive reaches, the average fish that populate the Provo River is an incredible 16-20 inches in size, with trophy trout exceeding an amazing 25 inches.

The Provo River offers a wide range of fishing opportunities in spring, summer, fall, and even in the heart of the cold winter. Each season brings its own exciting opportunities to the angler, ranging from dry fly fishing in the early spring and summer months, to the fall and winter months when there is incredible sight fishing.

The Provo River is conveniently located forty-five minutes from Salt Lake City, twenty minutes from Park City, fifteen minutes from Provo, and a quick five minutes from Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort.

Provo River Fly Fishing Sections

Upper Provo River Fly Fishing

The Provo River begins high in the Uinta Mountains about 80 miles east of Salt Lake City and about 40 miles east of Park City, Utah. The upper Provo River at this point is a very small stream although it can still have good fly fishing mainly for small cutthroat and brook trout. It is a typical high elevation trout stream with pocket water, riffles and small pools with aggressive and eager small trout willing to eat a well presented fly. This upper portion of the Provo River is within the Wasatch National Forest and therefore completely open to the public. As it makes its way downstream toward Jordanelle Reservoir it picks up more volume and Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout start to become more predominant. Once it leaves the Wasatch National Forest, the Provo River flows through mostly private land. There can be some excellent fly fishing on this section of the Provo River, but it can be difficult to access. There is a small section of public land immediately above Jordanelle Reservoir that lies within Jordanelle State Park. This section of the Provo is very short, but at certain times of the year it can have some great fly fishing and we offer fly fishing guide trips here during those times.

Middle Provo River Fly Fishing

The middle Provo River begins once the river flows from beneath the dam at Jordanelle Reservoir. Fly fishing the middle Provo River is very popular as a result of the fertile tailwater fishery that is produced by Jordanelle Reservoir. The middle Provo is very close to Park City, Utah where you can be fishing within 20 minutes of leaving Park City. Salt Lake City is only another 25 minutes away. The middle Provo or as some people call it “the mid” is a relatively new fishery in the sense that Jordanelle Dam was built in 1992 and filled in 1995 so has only been a tailwater fishery for a short time and is still evolving. Prior to the completion of Jordanelle, the middle Provo was a free flowing river that flowed through farmland similar to the lower reaches of the upper Provo River. The middle Provo is primarily a Brown Trout fishery, but there are Rainbow Trout in some sections and an occasional Cutthroat Trout. The middle Provo fly fishes similar to a freestone river and has very good hatches of oxygen loving insects such as stoneflies and caddis flies. There are also very good hatches of several species of mayflies and being a tailwater there are also good midge, sow bug and scud populations. As a result of all of the insect life, the middle Provo is a very fertile fishery and has a very large population of trout with estimates around 3,000 per mile or so. We offer fly fishing guide trips on the middle Provo River year round depending on the hatches that are occurring and the current conditions. Access on the middle Provo is very good with numerous established parking lots and trails. It is very easy to have the river to yourself by walking a distance from the parking areas. The middle Provo eventually empties into Deer Creek Reservoir and this is where this section ends.

Lower Provo River Fly fishing

The lower Provo River begins below Deer Creek Reservoir flowing cold and clear most of the time from below the dam. Fly fishing on the lower Provo River is also very popular as a result of its highly productive status and a result of its proximity to Salt Lake City, Provo and Park City Utah. The lower Provo River is an extremely fertile tailwater with large populations of sow bugs and scuds that create ideal growing conditions for some very large Brown and Rainbow Trout and the occasional Cutthroat Trout. The sow bugs and scuds are not the only insects although they are a staple on this section. There are also very prolific hatches of Blue Winged Olive and Pale Morning Dun mayflies as well as yellow sally stoneflies. Very popular as a nymph fishery, the lower Provo River can offer some spectacular dry fly fishing. The lower Provo River is a long established tailwater fishery with the dam being completed in 1941. Access is plentiful on the lower Provo River with US 189 following the river through Provo Canyon. In 2008 the road was re aligned on the upper portion making access on the upper end more difficult affording anglers willing to walk a little further a possibility of having the river free of crowds. We offer fly fishing guide trips on the lower Provo River year round and there can be some spectacular days fly fishing the lower Provo River. The Provo River leaves Provo Canyon and flows through Provo and Orem and eventually empties into Utah Lake. There is potentially good fly fishing all through this lower portion in an urban setting if you are interested in something different.

Weber River Fly Fishing

The Weber River is similar in size to the Provo River and is located a short distance from Salt Lake City and Park City. The Weber River is almost a mirror image of the Provo River flowing north while the Provo flows south. The Weber River also flows from the same Uinta mountain range just a short distance from the Provo River headwaters. In fact they are barely separated by a high mountain pass. The Weber flows north through two major reservoirs and has some spectacular fishing on its way to the Great Salt Lake where it ends its journey. We offer fly fishing guide trips on the Weber River year round and there can be some spectacular days fly fishing the Weber.

The Weber is well known for producing wild brown trout sometimes growing to trophy sizes well over 25 inches! Just a short 20-minute drive from Park City, the Weber River offers excellent access and much less angler traffic than the Provo River. It is well recognized for its abundant hatches, making for great nymphing year round. Furthermore, it offers excellent dry fly fishing in the summer on carpets of caddis and over-abundant hoppers, along with blue wing olive and Mothers Day caddis dry fly fishing opportunities from late winter through mid-May.

Other Utah Fly Fishing Rivers & Streams

There are variety of other small streams that are a little more off the beaten path near Park City and Salt Lake City that we can show you. Some of these streams offer spectacular wild trout dry fly fishing without another angler in sight! You can have a true wilderness experience within a few short hours of a major city and come home to all of the modern conveniences of the Park City and Salt Lake City areas.