(Jeremy with a nice 18 inch brown – 1st time ever!)

The Blue wings are starting to really come off around 2pm, so grab your fly fishing stick and get out there!  The most productive way to catch fish was to use a nymph rig and bounce your fly along the bottom.  Good luck and hope to see you on the water!

Book your guided fall fly fishing adventure with Utah Pro Fly Fishing today!!

Flies that worked today:

*Bead Baetis Nymph (sizes 20 and 22)

*Split Case PMD Size 18

Today’s flows On the Middle Provo were: 585 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


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)

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

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

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