Right now is a great time to fly fish the Middle Provo. The spawn is coming on and the browns are becoming very aggressive and their coloration is amazing! Some of the biggest fish of the year are currently being caught on the Middle. There are daily BWO hatches, and the large October Caddis are buzzing in the air daily. There are great opportunities for dry fly fishing, and nymphing is still produces great numbers of fish.

Today we started by fishing near River Road in the Heber Valley. It was a typical October Saturday with the river crawling with fishermen, but like always the fish handled the pressure very well. We nymphed from 8:30 this morning until around 12:30. The fly of the morning was the San Juan worm, both red and brown. We caught an occasional fish on a two-toned zebra (red and black), but the worm out produced everything else we tried by far.

This afternoon we moved up river toward the dam where we found aggressive fish that were keying in on small BWO nymphs. Some very nice fish were caught and it proved to be a great day on the river.

Flies that worked today:

San Juan Worm
Zebra Midge
Iron Lotus BWO (sizes 20-22)
Dragon Warrior (sizes 20-22)

Today’s flows were: 180 cfs

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

When I picked up Mark, one of my clients for the day, from Park City the sky was dark grey and alive with bright flashes of gold and loud crashes of thunder. Hail and rain were falling and we both wondered what we were thinking. As we rounded the cut near Jordanelle Reservoir we noticed that the Heber Valley was awaiting us with clear skies. We began fishing around 9:00 and the catching began around 9:10. The day started off quickly with fish prefering a size 12 Hare’s Ear. I was a bit surprised since most of our fish on this stretch of river are rarely caught on flies larger than sixteens. The day continued to produce fish, but the bite turned to smaller flies which the Rainbow Warrior dominated. Fish were steadily caught until we left the river at 1:30. As we were leaving the wind picked up and the storm clouds began to roll in. This has been a common pattern this August, like every August in Utah, so the prefered time to fish is in the morning before afternoon storms roll in.

Flies that worked today:

Hare’s Ear
Rainbow Warrior
Red Zebra Midge

Today’s flows were: 347

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The Middle Provo is still fishing fantastically! Today Utah fly fishing guides took their client to the river from 7:30 until 11:30, and all but one of the fish caught were caught on cased caddis patterns. A storm was moving in on us, but the morning remained pleasant while we were there. We only saw a few fish rise all morning, but the subsurface action was great. We nymphed deep in runs and pools, and there were plenty of willing fish that made the morning enjoyable. We decided to leave at just the right time. Around 11:30 the wind really picked up and rain started to fall. The storm continued until around 4:00 in the afternoon, so it was a good choice not to try and wait out this storm. Be prepared for rainy weather throughout the month of August.

Flies that caught fish today:

Cased Caddis
Green Rock Worm

Today’s flows were: 330 cfs

Fly fishing on the Middle Provo continues to produce fish caught on PMD nymphs. Most patterns fished in sizes 14 through 18 that resemble mature PMD nymphs (dark wingcase) are catching fish. Trout are feeding steadily throughout the day, and are willing to hit a well drifted nymph. All water types are producing fish, but larger fish are often hiding in deep pockets, or along deep seems where the current is not to swift. As summer rolls along fish seek out cooler water temps where they can rest from exhaustive swimming routines. Look for them in deep water that is not moving too swiftly, but not entirely devoid of some food carrying current. As insects become more active during the day, trout of all sizes will search out food more aggressively. At these times trout can be caught in riffles, runs, and pools. In other words don’t get stuck only fishing deep pools because large trout often move into other water types to feed.

Flies that caught fish today:

Splitcase PMD Emerger
PMD Iron Lotus

Today’s flows were: 355 cfs

The upper Middle Provo near River Road continues to fish well as the summer rolls along. Trout are aggressively feeding on subsurface food items throughout most of the day, and nymphing continues to be the most productive way to take fish. Surface feeding occurs sporadically during daylight hours and a variety of mayfly and caddis dry flies should be carried along so you are ready to match any hatch that may occur while you are on the river. Caddis dry flies (Sizes 16-18) have been working in the morning and evening, and PMDs (Size 16) continue to hatch in the late morning and afternoon. Trout on the Middle Provo can be very picky so be prepared to change flies quickly until you find what the fish are focusing on.

Flies that worked today:

Splitcase PMD Emerger
Iron Lotus PMD
Green Rock Worm

Today’s flows were: 345 cfs

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The Middle Provo is still fishing well, and today the fly pattern of choice proved to be the cased caddis (pictured above). From around 10:00 until 2:30 the fishing was good. There were no hatches during this time of day, but a few fish were seen rising to adult caddis skittering the water’s surface. Nymph fishing with split shot and an indicator proved to be the best tactic for taking trout. Justin from Utah Pro Fly Fishing shows how to set up an indicator rig. Indicator nymph fishing is a great way to take trout on the Provo River year round.

Flies that worked today:

Cased Caddis
Splitback PMD Emerger

Today’s flows were: 335 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

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

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