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


Today we spent the entire day on the Lower Provo. We began by fishing the upper reaches just a few miles below Deer Creek Reservoir. From 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 was slow, but as the river warmed up, along with the day, so did the fishing. Sow bugs worked well in slow water, and PMD nymphs and green caddis larva caught fish in faster water. At 1:00 we headed down stream below the Olmstead Diversion to fish the pocket water near Bridal Veil Falls. This stretch of river is swift with a much steeper gradient than upstream. There is some great pocket water in this stretch, but it is slightly difficult to fish like all good pocket water. Flies must sink quickly and the water seams and pockets must be located in order to find fish. We European nymphed through this stretch until around 5:00. Fish were bitting all afternoon. We were able to experience two different stretched of the Lower Provo which are very different types of water. It proved to be another successful day on the Lower Provo. We would love to accompany you on your next fly fishing trip in Utah. Our professional guides would love to show you around!

Flies that caught fish today:

Upper Lower Provo near Deer Creek

Rainbow Sow Bug (size 18)
Iron Lotus PMD (sizes 16 and 18)
Green Rock Worm (size 18)

Below the Olmstead Dam

Two-toned Surveyor
Iron Lotus PMD
Frenchie

Today’s Flows were: 590 cfs

Today Utah Pro Fly Fishing Guides were on the river with their clients from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm. The morning fished fair with a handful of average sized fish brought to net. In the afternoon the fishing picked up and some very nice fish were landed. Today the PMD hatch was not as thick as it has been in recent days, but the fish were still feeding heavily below the surface on PMD nymph imitations. Take mind that summer afternoons are full of rafters, tubers, and kayakers, some of which are highly out of control so watch upstream to stay safe. Luckily the fish see enough traffic that it doesn’t affect the fishing. Caddis hatches in the evening are also thickening up so take along your dry fly box for top water action in the evenings.

Flies that worked today:

Splitcase PMD emerger
Green Rock Worm
Zebra Midge

Flows today were: 640 cfs

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 green drake hatch is on at many of Utah’s small streams. Today we fished Current Creek which is located about 45 minutes from Heber City near Strawberry Reservoir. From 9:30 until noon the fishing was slow with only a few willing to take a drake nymph. By noon the drake hatch was on, but as it began, so did the wind. Huge gusts ripped down the canyon which made for difficult casting. We managed to get a few takes on top, but the wind truly made things difficult. We then decided to leave Current Creek and fish the lower Provo to salvage the day and escape the wind. This proved to be a wise decision. From 3:30 Until 7:00 the fish were willing to eat tiny flies like we had hoped. Once again the Green Rock Worm dominated the catch. Our client Greg hooked into a fish of a lifetime (20+ inch rainbow) that fought hard and long just to spit the hook moments before it was to be netted. Fly fishing in Utah is great right now, and it will continue to be for months to come!

Flies that caught fish today:

Current Creek:
Green Drake Quigley Cripple
Green Drake Nymph
Frenchie

Lower Provo:
Splitcase PMD Emerger
Zebra Midge
Green Rock Worm

Lower Provo Flows: 600 cfs

Went out on a full day fly fishing trips on the Lower Provo, which is a great fly fishing river on June 17 and June 18.  The flows are surprisingly low, it was nice fishing.

Our guides helped our clients Catch fish in utah on the following:

Splitback PMD’s

Sows

Black and Red Midges

Today was a lot like yesterday, except it took a little longer for the fishing to heat up. For the first couple of hours we struggled to find the right flies. After we landed our first fish we pumped it’s stomach and realized that anything above a size 18 probably wasn’t going to catch fish. The fish we pumped has a few teeny tiny midge larva and that’s it. We changed accordingly by fishing small midge patterns and small mayfly emerger patterns, all of which caught fish. Long steady drifts were required, but we soon found our rhythm and caught some nice fish. We fished pine run and just below it. There are a lot on nice fish in this section. Today the river was once again not that crowded. We saw a few other groups of people and all appeared to be catching fish and having a good time.

Flies that caught fish today:

Splitback PMD Emerger (sizes: 18-20)
Bead Thorax BWO Emerger (size 18)
Barr Emerger (sizes 18-20)
Green Rock Worm (Size 18)

Today’s Flows were: 400 cfs

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Fishing on the lower Provo is HOT! We were on the river today from around 10:30 am until 5:30 this afternoon. Right when we arrived until about 1:00 the fishing was fast and some large fish were caught. Things slowed a little in the early afternoon, but then again by three the fishing had picked back up. The river is still flowing low and clear which made for some great fishing. The rainbows are super fat and football shaped, the browns are thick and feisty, and all the fish are healthy and hot wired! It is a great time of year to book a guided fly fishing trip on the Lower Provo.

Flies that worked today:

Splitcase PMD Emerger
Zebra Midge
Green Rock Worm

Flows today were: 380 cfs

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