Utah fly fishing guides fished the Middle Provo at three different locations today with their clients. We started early heading south of Legacy Bridge in Midway. Nymphing was slow in the morning, but fish were looking up at caddis dries. The most effective method of the morning was a dry-dropped set up with a tungsten beaded nymph below a size 14 foam caddis.

In the afternoon we drove across the road and fished north of Legacy Bridge. Nymphing was a little more productive, but caddis adults were skittering across the water’s surface all day long. Once again a dry-dropper rig produced good results.

Around 4:30 in the afternoon we decided to fish closer to the dam. We headed to the Bunny Farm and squeezed ourselves onto a good empty piece of river where the caddis hatch erupted around 6:30. Fish were rising to adults all over this hole! We proceeded to catch fish on dry flies until we could no longer see. Fish were munching both size 14 and 16 caddis imitations. It proved to be a productive day with a wonderful finish.

Flies that worked today:

Dry Flies:

Foam Caddis
Elk Hair Caddis

Nymphs:

Dragon Warrior
Copper John
Frenchie

Today’s Flows were: 189 cfs

This morning we fished the Middle Provo near River Road with marginal success. The wind was howling and the rain was falling, but we still managed to catch a few fish with nymphs. In super windy conditions I suggest fishing an overweighted nymph rig (a little extra split shot), and an extra buoyant strike indicator, like a thing-a-ma-bober. The heavy split shot will help keep your flies down even if the wind is constantly pulling your fly line out of place, and the indicator will suspend your flies and take much of the beating delivered by the wind. To increase drift efficiency in the wind, lower your rod tip and allow more fly line to sit on the water’s surface. By taking the line out of the wind’s path there is a greater probability of your rig staying in the seams you are targeting. This requires more mending, but it will help you achieve drag free drifts despite the wind.

After a challenging morning we decided to fish the Lower Provo, with hopes of escaping some of the passing storm. It payed off and the weather cooperated for us. We fished hard all afternoon, hooking an occasional fish, and enjoying the warmer temps. Fish were hitting small mayfly nymphs fished deep. Around four there was a strong hatch of small PMDs (size 18 and 20), but we only saw a couple of fish rise to take them.

Overall, the fishing was fair today on both the Middle and the Lower Provo. The passing storm had a strong effect on the fish, and our ability to catch them. Good job to our clients today for catching fish and enjoying the day for what it was. At Utah Pro Fly Fishing we always strive to provide the best fly fishing experience regardless of the conditions presented. And like always, we guarantee you will catch fish, or your trip is on us!

Flies that worked today:

Rainbow Sow Bug (size 18)
Iron Lotus PMD
Dragon Warrior

Flow’s today were: 555 cfs

Fly fishing the Lower Provo is currently going well. This morning we fished just below the campgrounds near Deer Creek. We arrived at 9 am and fished until around 11:30 pm. Fishing didn’t pick up until around 11:30 when we had a very good spirt of catching fish. All of the fish caught today were from 11:30 until 12:30. We fished a standard nymph rig with heavy split shot and tiny flies. In fact the fly of the day was a small sow bug fished very deep. The weather held out good for us and it was a fun productive day on the river.

Flies that worked today:

Rainbow Sow Bug (size 18)

Today’s flows were: 565 cfs

Today I had the opportunity to guide Paul Murray from Jupiter, Florida on the Lower Provo. We started fishing around 8:30 in the morning, but things didn’t get hot until around 11:00. We caught fish on sow bugs and caddis larva for the next two hours when we finished around 1:00. The Lower Provo is running slightly off color, so I prefer to fish a bright attractor nymph as a lead fly, and a trailer nymph that is less flashy and more realistic. The lead fly catches the attention of the fish, and once their eyes are turned on the tandem rig the fish then choose the fly that is most appealing. This was an affective method today, and Paul landed some very nice trout.

The fall weather is having an affect on the fishing by making the river system less stable. Some days the bite turns on early, and others late. Time on the river should be spent searching different water types with a variety of small nymphs. There are still decent PMD hatches occurring, and caddis still abound so dry fly opportunities can still be found. Fall can offer some of the years best fishing. Don’t wait until next year to book your next fly fishing Utah adventure.

Flies that worked today:

Green Rock Worm (size 18)

Sow bug (size 18)

Today’s flows were: ~ 500 cfs


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