NORTHERN UTAH REPORTS
Updated: August 9th, 2018
By: Nick Teynor
Fishing Conditions Summary:
The Middle Provo is currently flowing at 507 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir, and 390 CFS at the River Road gauge. Also, make sure to check the river gauges for ALL our local streams before you go to avoid any surprises when you get out there, and make sure you bring a thermometer. Many of our smaller streams are very low now, and the weather is REALLY hot. This can make the water temperatures too warm for our trout, and any water temperatures above 65 degrees can be deadly. Best to show up and fish from first light to noon, and then come back in the evening and fish till dark. If you do fish the Middle Provo, still focus on fishing the river edges and faster, oxygenated water during the heat of the day. The Lower Provo is currently flowing at 586 CFS. The higher flows on the Lower will also push more fish to the edges, so fish the water at your feet before stomping across the river! The flows out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir are stable, and are flowing at 2,270 CFS. The Weber River below Rockport Reservoir, as of today, is flowing at 195 CFS. This flow is very fishable, but it may rise due to water needs downstream. The Weber below Echo is at 493 CFS. This flow is VERY pushy, so please be smart about where you fish. Here are the links to the Utah Streamflow sites:
Good Day Everyone,
We are in the throes of the Dog Days of summer, and it is hot and smokey out there. Terrestrial fly patterns such as Ants, Beetles, Crickets, and Grasshoppers are becoming more and more important to have in our boxes as August progresses. Unless we get some storms or clouds coming through, mornings and evenings will continue to fish better for our Caddis and Mayfly hatches. One nice thing about Terrestrial fishing, especially on the Weber, Provo, or Green-is that the best fishing is typically from 12 PM-4 PM on a hot, breezy day. The heat gets the bugs active, and the wind blows them into the water. So, if you show up to our local rivers in the late-morning or early-afternoon, it would be smart to try an ant, beetle, or hopper with a PMD nymph dropper. Oh, and focus on fishing the EDGES of the river first before wading out to the middle! With this heat our small streams are warm right now, and we have been strongly encouraging any and all anglers to implement "Hoot Owl" regulations. Over the past seasons of low water and hot summer temps, states like Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington have adopted "hoot owl" regulations in order to keep their fisheries healthy, and help the trout survive the brutal summer heat.
In short, "hoot owl" means that anglers are asked and highly encouraged to fish only from first light till noon, then not come back to fish until late in the evening, or even the next morning. Why? It's all about water temperatures. For trout, any water that is over 60 degrees is not comfortable, due to lack of oxygen, and if the water temps are 65 degrees or higher-it is literally lethal to stressed fish. As stewards of our amazing resources, we need to be aware of threats that low water and high temperature pose to our fish and fisheries. The simple act of fishing during the coolest times of the day will help ensure that our fish survive, and allow us [anglers] to fish without being too much of a detriment to the resource. If you have any other questions about "Hoot Owl", and what streams are being affected by low flows, please feel free to contact us.
Now, on to the fishing!
Nymphing continues to be a great option, but we are seeing good to great numbers of Pale Morning Dun (P.M.D.) mayflies popping out, Caddis, midges, and terrestrials such as ants and hoppers are also bringing fish to hand. Our summer caddis have really come on strong as of late, and we have had some great mornings searching with #12-#16 tan/brown adult caddis patterns, and some pretty awesome evenings swinging soft hackles and fishing caddis emergers. The water temperature out of Jordanelle is currently reading at 52 degrees. This is a better fishing temperature, and should mean the upper stretches of the river should fish sooner in the day than they were previously. Nymphing has been productive with #12-#16 San Juan Worms, #16-#18 Prince Nymphs, #14-#18 Caddis larva and pupa, #16-#20 Sow Bugs, #16-#18 Hares Ears, #16-#18 PMD Split Case Nymphs, #22-#24 WD-40s, #18-#22 Pheasant Tails, and a variety of smaller midge larva and pupae in sizes #18-#24 should continue to work through this early-summer season.
Swinging softies (soft hackled-flies) continues to be a very effective technique for moving fish prior to the hatches and after. We have had success with Partridge and Orange, Partridge and Olive, Partridge and Yellow, and Partridge and P.T. softies, and have been fishing them in #14-#16 sizes on the swing. Streamers first light and last light are always smart to try, and I wouldn't hesitate to try swinging a mouse to tempt some of the larger rivers inhabitants during these periods of low-light either.
As of late, nothing has really changed on the Lower Provo other than the flows. You will see raft traffic with this sunny, warm weather-but rest assured that the fish really aren't that bothered by the rafters. We are still seeing PMD mayflies popping off. They are getting smaller and smaller (#18-#20), but the fish are up and looking for them. As with any mayfly hatch, cloudier weather will make for stronger hatches, and more willing fish. Caddis are also hatching, and fish are looking for them too. If the weather is warm and sunny, put on a small Chubby Chernobyl, Yellow Stimulator, or PMX with either a Sow Bug, Frenchie, Zebra Midge, San Juan dropper, Split Case PMD, etc.-and fish up the banks. Nymphing with the aforementioned Middle Provo patterns, and especially small sow bugs, should continue to move fish throughout the entire summer season. Please remember to watch your step! Flows are pushy out there, and the water is cold, so pay attention to where you are wading and fishing. Streamers can and will work, especially in the morning and evenings on those super hot, sunny days. When in doubt, fish your streamers slow, and take a step downriver after each throw!
The Weber between Wanship and Coalville has been fluctuating in flows, but overall holding steady. There are still some P.M.D. mayflies out and about, caddis are emerging, and terrestrials are becoming more and more important. Nymphing continues to produce fish, but if you want to find more trout than whitefish, try fishing a dry-dropper, and cover the water. When I am blind fishing a river with a dry-dropper (or any other rig), I remember this little saying another instructor and guide told me years ago:
Rocks rock. Foam and Bubbles are home. Wood (structure) is ALWAYS good.
Streamers first light and last light are always smart to try, and I wouldn't hesitate to try swinging a mouse to tempt some of the larger rivers inhabitants during these period of low-light either.
Green River Below Flaming Gorge:
Flows have been fluctuating between 1,500 CFS to 2,500 CFS, but the fishing has been good. If you feel the urge to stretch your legs, or you want to fish something other than our local fisheries, I would suggest that you take the time and head over to the Green. Ant, beetle, hopper and cricket imitations are moving fish, caddis and PMD mayflies are emerging, dry-dropper fishing continues to shine, and the flows are more and more fishable from the bank. If there are any clouds or storms rolling in, don't hesitate to try a streamer. In short, get out there and see what you can find!
The Uinta Lakes are fishing, but with the heat we have been finding mornings and evenings to be more productive if no clouds are around. The smaller creeks and streams are also fishing well, but most of the "big bugs" are now gone. Look to fish a lot of terrestrials and attractor flies to get the attention of the fish. If it is a super hot day, try to get your fishing in during the cool of the morning and evening, and give the fish a break during the heat of the day. Too warm of water is lethal to trout, and many fish die even after being released properly under these super hot conditions. You will see all of the same hatches we are seeing around here right now, with the added bonus of seeing some smaller terrestrials (ants, beetles, etc.) working REALLY well. Good place to explore if you are looking to get away from some of the increasing fishing pressure...and heat!
When the weather is hot, focus on the faster more oxygenated water! Fish in faster water are much more comfortable during the heat of the day, because there is more oxygen for them, and they are more willing to eat our flies because of the turbulent environment. We often describe this water as "Pocket-Water"-or water that is fast moving and broken up by big rocks and boulders. The fish will hide in the slower, deep pockets behind the rocks and in front of the rocks, and it's best to hit those pockets well and then keep moving. The wading will be more challenging, but the fish aren't near as pressured, more willing to eat our flies, and strong. All good things to me!
Zebra Midges (#16-#22)
Buckskin Nymph (#20-#22)
Bling Midge (#22)
B.H. Twenty-Incher #12
B.H. Hares Ear #12
Copper Johns #14-#16
Iron Sally Stonefly Nymph #16
Jiggy Hare's Ear #16
Jiggy Hot Spot P.T. #16
Jiggy Red-Ass Nymph #16
B.H. Humpback PMD Nymph #16-#18
Split Case P.M.D. Nymphs #16-#18
Sow Bugs (#16-#22)
San Juan/Flossy Worm (#12-#18)
Squirmy Worm (#12)
Peacock Stimulator #12-#16
Peacock PMX #14-#16
Peacock Caddis (Dry) #16
Hemingway Caddis (#16-#18)
Olive Sparkle Caddis Pupa (#16-#18)
Prince Nymphs (#12-#18)
Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#16-#22)
Caddis Larva-Cased/Un-Cased (#14-#18)
#14-#16 Yellow "X" Stimulators
#12-#14 Chubby Chernobyl
Platte River Spiders-ALL COLORS!!! (#6)
Matt's Confidant Streamers-ALL COLORS!!! (#4)