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River Conditions: Updated 2/21/2020

River Conditions: Updated 2/21/2020

Posted by by Nick Teynor on Feb 21st 2020

Middle Provo:

Flows on the Middle Provo are holding steady at around 145 CFS. Our Middle Provo fish have sought out deeper, slower water to shelter in for the winter season. Our "Buffalo" midge hatch is starting to get going, but we are still finding consistent success with size #24-#30 midges in gray and black. Once you see the "Buffalo" midge firsthand, it will be hard to mistake them with any other midge hatching. They are usually best imitated with size #18-#22 midge patterns, and we have had success with colors ranging from black to black and olive-brown combinations. Midges typically hatch/lay their eggs in the mid-mornings through the late afternoons, and our trout are definitely looking for them. I think it is safe to say that our Blue-Winged Olive mayflies won't be seen in consistent numbers until late March, but it never hurts to keep a couple of "go-to" BWO patterns tucked away in your boxes. Better to have them, than to not have them! Prime time to hit the midge hatch has been between 11 AM-4 PM. When fishing to fish chowing on these little insects, especially on sunny days, it would be wise to drop your tippet sizes down to 7X, and consider a "fly-first" (i.e. downstream) presentation to the fish. For our complete Northern Utah fishing report, check out our weekly River Conditions