Today we fished the Middle Provo from 11:30 to 3:30. Fish were aggressively taking dries when we first arrived, but soon after around 12:30 the risers diminished. Nymph fishing worked well all afternoon. Small BWO nymphs worked well, and once again some very nice sized fished were caught. This is a great time of year to fish, and a guided Utah Fly Fishing Trip is a great fall adventure!

Flies that worked today:

Dry Flies:

Foam Caddis (sizes 14 and 16)

Nymphs:

Dragon Warrior (sizes 20 and 22)
Iron Lotus BWO (sizes 20 and 22)

Today’s flows were: 180 cfs

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

The Middle Provo River here in Utah is a very reliable river that constantly produces fish caught by artificial flies. Like all rivers, some days are more productive than others. On these days the fish appear to be less picky and easier to catch. Other times fishing requires precision and patience, but fish can still be enticed by well fished flies. Today the fish required some patience and well drifted flies. Fish were caught, but our clients were required to pay their dues by casting continuously hoping to pass by a willing fish. With instruction from our guides, our clients hooked a good number of fish, and the river once again yielded its dividends to beginning fishermen. We fished from 11:00 until 3:00 and all four hour fished identically with fish being caught here and there. PMD nymphs and caddis larva imitations were the hot ticket once again. We saw very few fish rise, so we stuck with nymphs for the duration of the outing. Utah Pro Fly Fishing guides had a fun group of fishers, and everyone enjoyed their time on the river.

Flies that worked today:

Splitcase PMD Emerger
Cased Caddis

Today’s flows were: 345 cfs

Written on August 21st, 2010 , Middle Provo Tags: , ,

The Weber river is a popular place for Utah fly fishing guides to take their clients. It is a pleasant river that fishes well, and is home to some very large feisty fish. Today we followed suit and took a group of five to the Weber for a morning of fly fishing. We arrived at the river around 9:00 a.m. and things started out a little slow. As the morning progressed fish began to be caught, and smiles began to appear. There wasn’t a single dominant fly today. It was one of those days that almost every fish took a different fly. This is a good sign that the fish in the Weber are hungry and prefer a good drifted fly over the perfect imitation. When we left the river around 2:00 p.m. the fish were still biting. We fished near Wanship in the artificial only section. This section between Rockport and Echo reservoirs is a well known stretch of river so get there early to beat the angler hatch!

Flies that worked today:

Rainbow Warrior
Red Zebra Midge
Cased Caddis
Sow Bug

Today’s flows were: 180 cfs


The Weber River below Echo Reservoir is currently running high and a little off color. Nothing unusual for this time of year, but because of these conditions trout are holding in slow to medium currents near the shore where they can escape the swift moving water. Today we fished from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.. In the morning we had a lot of luck nymph fishing with cased caddis patterns, Rainbow Warriors, and Sow Bugs. In the afternoon Rainbow Warriors and Sow Bugs dominated until around 6 when we switched to dry flies.
PMDs were hatching in the evening and trout were readily taking well drifted PMD dries. Today was a warn, rainy summer day filled with rafters and tubers. There were a lot of people enjoying the river today, but we only saw a few other fishermen. We caught a lot of fish on top and bottom and I would recommend fishing this stretch of river to anyone that is comfortable fishing high water. Utah fly fishing is great this time of year and that includes the Weber River.

Flies that worked today:

Nymphs:

Cased Caddis
Rainbow Warrior
Sow Bug

Dries:

Parachute PMD (size 16)

Today’s flows were: 470 cfs


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

The weather is now really starting to warm up with today and the next two days anticipated to reach the upper 80′s low90′s. However, after getting out this morning it is apparent that the fly fishing on the Middle Provo is not as hot… yet. All four of our clients fished the Middle today and had success.

The flies that worked today were:

Splitcase PMD emergers
Green Rock Worms
Green Caddis Larva
midge emergers

The water-temp today was: 50 degrees
The Flows were: 490 cfs

There were very few adults insects out today. We saw a few little sally stoneflies buzzing around, but hatches were very sparse. We checked out a seine sample and found cased caddis and mature PMD nymphs to be dominant. We also saw a few green drake nymphs that were large, dark, and will soon be hatching. With word buzzing around that the middle Provo green drakes are starting to hatch, the river is getting more attention, but those looking for the large mayflies above the River Road Bridge were disappointed today. The grape-vine says they are hatching in the Charleston area, but we have yet to confirm the rumors. It is getting that time of year where PMD’s and green drakes abound from morning to late afternoon, and caddis take over the evenings. Golden stone hatches will follow in the coming weeks, and the summer will be rolling. We are hoping that flows stabilize and drop some soon in preparation for our major summer-time hatches.

Good luck on your next trout fishing Utah adventure!

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