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

Today’s Flows were: 590 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

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

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.

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

North of Legacy Bridge in Midway fished really well today. The river is wadable and temperatures are increasing. Fish were occasionally rising to small mayflies, and they were very willing to eat well presented nymphs. A seine sample showed that caddis larva and PMD nymphs were abundant in shallow riffles. However, most of the fish caught today were pulled from deep runs and eddies. Trout were holding in usual places, and we were able to catch fish on larger flies (sizes 12-16) where as before they seemed to be keying in on smaller meals (sizes 16-20). This is a good sign, fish are becoming more and more active, and their feeding habits are similar to how they will be for the majority of the summer.

Flies that worked today:

Two-toned Surveyor (sizes 12-14)
Frenchy (Sizes 14-16)
Splitback PMD emerger (Sizes 16-18)

Flows today were: 360

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