Today I fished the Middle Provo from noon until around four. From the time I arrived until around 1:30 there was an excellent BWO hatch taking place, and fish were rising steadily. I pumped a fish and to my surprise I found a stomach full of midge pupa, midge emergers, and midge adults. Hardly any BWOs. I also found one other surprise, an egg. The browns are super aggressive and redds are starting to appear. If you are unfamiliar with redds, it is the area where trout deposit their eggs to incubate and eventually hatch into fry. They use their bodies to “cut” a redd or in other words, dig a large shallow hole. A light spot on the river bed (pictured above) is a good indication of a redd since the trout dig and knock away all the algae in the spawning site. Redds are often cut near the bank in shallow water, so WATCH YOUR STEP! Trampling redds will surely kill the future inhabitants of the river. With that said this is one of the best times of year to fish. The large fish that are seldom caught will be out on their redds so it is a wonderful time to see all the huge fish in the river.

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Flies that worked today:

Small BWO dries (sizes 20 and 22)
Dragon Warrior (Sizes 20 and 22)
Egg Patterns

Today’s flows were: 140 cfs

Written on November 5th, 2010 , Middle Provo Tags: ,

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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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

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.

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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