During the majority of the year on the Lower Provo it is difficult to match the preferred food source of trout on any given day. However, as of lately this guessing game has become significantly easier. The PMD nymphs that reside here are super active right now and fish are keying in on them heavily. From early in the morning until late in the afternoon fish can be caught on PMD nymphs. Catching fish on the Lower Provo simply requires PMD nymphs drifted drag-free at the right depth; the fish take care of the rest. Once the hatch is in full swing, sometime in the afternoon between 2:00 and 4:00, trout are hammering PMD adults on the water’s surface. Even the large hard to catch trout are feeding aggressively on adults during the hatch. This truly is a great time of year to book a guided Utah fly fishing trip on the Lower Provo. Fishing is remarkable!

Flies that worked today:

Splitcase PMD Emerger
Iron Lotus PMD
Any fly that resembles a PMD sizes 16-18

Today’s flows were: 640 cfs

The PMD hatch is in full swing on the middle Provo with strong hatches occurring every day. Depending on the stretch of the river, the hatch occurs at different times. Today we fished above River Road, close to Jordanelle Dam, and the hatch started around 2:30 in the afternoon. The PMD adults are large (sizes 14 and 16) and causing a stir among the trout. Fish can be caught all day long on PMD nymph patterns, and dry fly fishing is the strongest in the afternoon.  Caddis larva and pupa patterns are also working well throughout the day on all stretches of the middle Provo. Caddis adult imitations can be used to take fish in the early evening. Trout love to chase and hammer skittering caddis on the water’s surface so prepare for some very explosive takes! Fly fishing on Utah rivers is great during the summer months, book your guided trip soon!

Flies that worked today:

Splitcase PMD Emerger
Iron Lotus PMD
Green Rock Worm

Today’s flows were: 387 cfs

More and more stonefly exuviae (exoskeletons shed as stonefly nymphs emerge as adults) are appearing along the river’s edge of the middle Provo. Stonefly migrations occur primarily at night and early morning. Large stonefly nymphs will catch fish in the early morning, but strikes will decrease as the trout realize the stonefly migration has ceased until darkness returns. It is still possible to take fish on stonefly nymphs during the day, but early morning and just before night fall is your best bet. Today, Utah Pro Fly Fishing client Robert landed a large whitefish on a giant size 6 golden stone nymph. This is an unusual hook up since whitefish have small mouths and are often missed on the hook set when using large flies. The river is running crystal clear and PMD and caddis hatches are increasing daily. This is a great time of year to be on the river!

Flies that caught fish today:

Golden Tungstone
Two-toned Surveyor

Today’s flows were: 380 cfs

Memoirs of a Fly Fishing Initiate Written by Jared Chatterton

I’m not one to express myself via the written word. Justin pressured me into writing this monologue. He is also the one that pressured me into a fly fishing obsession. Because of this, he has become my wife’s worst enemy. I get the “you’re going fishing again” look on a regular basis. I justify my disassociation by saying, “honey, I am fulfilling my fatherly furnishing responsibilities by providing food for the family.” I haven’t kept one yet. Of course, I need to catch one big enough to filet. My wife thinks that all of my catches are 10 inchers.  There is something about fly fishing that is hard to describe. It is much more than a process or activity. Of course, the captive moment occurs when you set the hook into the lips of a large trout and gently, yet forcefully, bring it towards you as if you just beguiled the fish with your conquering mental and physical capacities. It feels good. It makes all of us stupid men feel really smart.

Even when you get skunked, you still have fun. Here is my list of why fly fishing is more than the catch:

1. Watching your abnormally uncoordinated friends fall flat on their face in the middle of a swift moving river. It makes you LOL every time.

2. Consuming massive quantities of sunflower seeds. The river makes for a perfect shell receptacle. They also make a perfect alarm clock telling you it is time to go home when the oral seed sores start to hurt.

3. You can donate $4 worth of flies to an overhanging tree branch in a single cast and you don’t even care; yet we are quick say “no” when the nice lady at Wal-Mart asks us to donate $1 to the Primary Children’s Hospital. It must be the pleasant atmosphere that puts you in such a good mood.

4. Trying to get to the next fishing good fishing hole. This usually requires hiking through thick brush and swamp land. You wouldn’t chase your favorite dog into some of this treacherous territory yet the terrain is a paved parkway when a prospective fishing hole might be around the corner.

5. Unfortunately, you sometimes have to share the river with others. You have never met any of these people in your life, yet you are all BFF (best friends forever). We all share the exact same social status and title: angler. Certainly my discourse wouldn’t be complete without some pictures. Here are a couple lousycell phone shots of my most recent trip to the lower portion of the Logan River. There is a white fish which is the most annoying fish ever. I wonder what I could do to prevent myself from catching so many of those. The other is a typical rainbow. I added the reel for professional affect. (pictures above)

Emerging Green Drake Adult

The green drake hatch on the middle Provo has progressed up to and above the River Road bridge. From 11:30 until 1:00 there was a thick hatch of green drake adults, and the fish in the river were very aware of all the excitement. Every good holding place on the river had fish rising to crippled and emerging green drake adults. Fish were willing to take drake nymphs from 10:30 until we left the river at 3:00 this afternoon. As good as the fishing was, you must be prepared to face the crowds because there were fishermen on every bend of the river. Fortunately enough, the river handled the fishing pressure well and many fish were caught today. There are a good number of smaller mayflies hatching, and small golden stones are appearing frequently. Fish were rising into the afternoon, but nymph fishing proved to be the most productive.

Flies that worked today:

Nymphs:

Splitback Green Drake Emerger
Green Chunk
Splitcase PMD Emerger

Dries:

Green Drake Epoxyback Emerger
Green Drake Extended Body Comparadun

Today’s Flows were: 381 cfs

As the green drake hatch progresses more and more fish are being caught. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to fish one of the Provo’s best hatches, book a guided fly fishing trip soon!

Written on July 12th, 2010 , Middle Provo

Crowds of fishermen on the middle Provo are moving up river along with the green drake hatch. Today Utah fly fishing guides took their clients south of the Legacy Bridge in Midway, and for a Saturday it wasn’t near as crowded as expected. This is probably because the drake hatch has dwindled away from the lower stretches of the river. However, nymph fishing these stretches is still very good. It is a good was to get away from summer crowds and still catch fish. Large golden stones have started to migrate to shore and hatch alongside the river, but we were unable to catch fish on stonefly nymphs. This hatch will increase and peak here in the next few weeks. There was a good PMD hatch and small sally stoneflies were abundant. We saw quite a few fish chase after caddis adults that were returning to the river to deposit eggs. Fish were willing to eat, and fishing is currently great. It appears that river flows have settled into summer regimes which are very wadable and fishable. Wear some bug spray in the mornings and evenings because the mosquitos are hungry and everywhere.

Flies that worked today:

Two- toned Surveyor
Splitback PMD emerger
Frenchie

Today’s Flows were: 380 cfs

The green drake hatch is in full swing on the middle Provo. These bugs are huge, easy to imitate, and are making all the fish in the river go crazy! Fish started taking adult drakes last week, and continue to do so now. The hatch is strong from Charleston up past Midway, and maybe now even all the way to River Road, although I haven’t fished up there since Saturday and there were no drakes hatching then. Hatches have been strongest from 11:00 am until about 2:00 when they then start to taper off. Green drakes offer such a huge food source for these fish that they are willing to take nymphs in the morning before the hatch, adults, cripples (emergers), and nymphs during the hatch, and nymphs again after it has tapered off, with an occasional fish still looking up and hammering dries into the evening. There is nothing like fishing large flies to large fish, and for the next short while it will continue!

Flies that caught fish:

Green Drake Epoxyback Emerger
Quigley Cripple Green Drake
Extended Body Green Drakes
Splitback Green Drake Emerger
Green Chunk (Green drake nymph)
Two-toned Surveyor

Today’s Flows were: 480 cfs

Right now is the best time of year to fish the middle Provo, and the guides at Utah Pro Fly Fishing are ready to take you to the fish! Book your trip soon before the green drake hatch ends!

Just a sample of yesterday’s catch.

This past Saturday, July 3, Utah Pro Fly Fishing, guided a fun group of five. From about 6:30 in the morning until around ten fish seemed to be focusing on cased caddis imitations and red zebra midges. There were no hatches taking place early in the morning, but by around nine there were some size 14 sally stoneflies crawling on us, and some adult craneflies buzzing around. Flows were great, and the river was running clear as usual. Since it was the fourth of July weekend the river started to get pretty crowded from about 8:30 on. It was fishing well for our clients, and I’m betting there were a lot of nice fish caught that day by others as well. If you plan on fishing the middle Provo early in the morning, be sure to tie up, or buy some cased caddis and of course a variety of Zebra Midges.

Flies that caught fish were:

Peacock Cased Caddis: size 16
Red Zebra Midge: sizes 16-18

Flows that day were: 480 cfs

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