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River Conditions

Local rivers we frequent

Green River

946 cfs

Provo River

129 cfs

Weber River

28 cfs

NORTHERN UTAH REPORTS

 

Updated: February 13th, 2021

By: Nick Teynor

 

Good Day, Everyone!

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there. Conditions still haven't changed much on our local waters since my last post, but our local midge hatches are starting to become more consistent as we roll on through February. In short, it is safe to say that midges will be the main fare for our local trout waters for the foreseeable future. 

We aren't free and clear of COVID-19; not even close!!! So let's continue to wear a mask when around a lot of people, wash our hands, be kind to each other, and make sure to give each other plenty of space. The rivers, lakes, and streams took a beating from the hordes of anglers this season, and in doing so, we heard about A LOT of bad etiquette on the water.  Last year, as part of our ongoing The Game Blog, Steve wrote a piece that discusses Stream Etiquette.  If you haven't read it or visited our Blog, you'll find it informative and helpful.  Also, the fine folks over at Redington Fly Gear have a nice little video on the subject.

 

 

Check these gauges for updates on water levels!

1) Central Utah Water Conservancy District

2) USGS Streamflow

 

Fishing Conditions Summary

 

P.S.A./F.Y.I. :

Early Winter is that time of year when our resident Brown Trout eggs are developing in the redds. In order for them to do so successfully, and with minimal stress, it is vital that we as anglers do our part; which means making sure we don't walk/wade through their spawning areas while fishing. The folks at Redington Fly-Fishing posted a helpful video on the importance of leaving spawning fish alone, how to look out for spawning redds, and why it matters. Give it a watch so you know what to look out for so that we can continue to respect and preserve the resource. Video Link: Avoiding Spawners

 

Middle Provo:

If you do fish the Middle Provo, regardless of what county you're from, please recognize that we're not out of the woods yet with COVID-19, and limit your contact where possible. Let's continue to take it slow, and do our part so we can continue to stay open safely. 

As of today, the Middle Provo is flowing at 146 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir, and 121 CFS at River Road Bridge. This is a typical winter flow, but you'll still need to use common sense when wading and walking in and around the water. We've been recommending that anglers focus on fishing the slower edges of the deeper runs and pools, and keeping an eye out for fish feeding at the top, tail outs, and shallower edges of the pools/runs as well. It is safe to say that the trout are definitely looking for Midges, especially since they are the most consistent insect hatch we see during these colder months. There have been sporadic reports and sightings of our big "Buffalo" Midges, but they are still a week or two away from hatching consistently. That being said, it would be wise to start packing your larger, darker midge patterns in sizes #18-#22. In the meantime, we have been moving fish with #22-#26 larva, pupa, emergers, soft hackles, and adult patterns.

When there aren't insects hatching, nymphing with #16-#20 Sow Bugs, #20-#26 midge larva and pupa, #16-#20 caddis larva, and #20-#24 mayfly nymphs can move fish.  If it is an exceptionally windy day, and/or you want to keep things simple, fishing a soft hackle on a slow, down-and-across swing, or slowing drifting/stripping a streamer is worth trying. 

 

Lower Provo:

The Lower's flow is currently 116 CFS, which is also a typical winter flow. Current conditions will force fish to find any deeper water they can. Just like the Middle Provo, we've been recommending people fish the slower, deeper pools and runs, and focus on the slower current edges. The tops, tail outs, and shallower edges of both pools and runs are good places to keep an eye out for feeding fish. We are seeing midges hatch during the warmest part of the day (12 PM- 3 PM), and if no surface activity is present, nymphing with #18-22 midge, #16-#20 caddis, and #18-#22 mayfly nymphs can move fish. Sow Bug patterns would also be very wise to have in your fly boxes, and trailing them with a small midge larva or pupa pattern is always a good bet. Fishing soft-hackles on a slow swing, and drifting/slowly stripping a streamer through the deeper holes, troughs, and channels can be effective if nothing else seems to be moving fish. 

 

Weber River:

Flows on the Weber between Wanship and Coalville have been effectively shut-off. They are only releasing 24 CFS of water out of Rockport, and less than 1 CFS out of Echo Dam. There will be more water flowing through the river as you get closer to Mountain Green and Odgen, but we would encourage all anglers to fish elsewhere. We won't touch the Weber when it's at this flow, but once flows get to be higher, it will be a fishable option to explore.

 

Green River and Other Waters:

As of right now, the flows on the Green below Flaming Gorge Reservoir are still flowing at 920 CFS during the day, and then bumping to over 2,000 CFS during the night. If you do head out to the Green, the fish will be hanging out in any deep troughs, holes, channels, and other structure. Just like the local water, I'd recommend you keep an eye out for fish feeding along the slower current edges, the top and tail-outs of runs and pools, and back eddies. Keep a look out for Midges, sporadic Blue-Wing Olive mayflies, and definitely bring your streamers. If you're a walk-n-wade angler, it would be wise to take a slow stroll, and prospect with a #16 Parachute Adams trailed 2'-3' by a small Zebra Midges (#18-#20), Scuds (#18-#22), or Skinny PT (#18-#22). Please be considerate of Brown trout spawning redds by not wading in or around them. COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, so make sure if you head out there to follow all mask and social distancing guidelines to make sure we keep our friends in Dutch John safe. If you need to pick up some flies, give the shop a call, and we'll get you everything you need. 

 

Winter Fishing Tip(s):

With Winter officially here, it would be wise to pack leaders and tippets for fishing our tiny midges. My go to leader for most of my Winter fishing is a 9' 5X, and I make sure to carry 5X-7X tippets with me. This simple leader/tippet system allows me to adjust to whatever fishing conditions I encounter, and it simplifies what I need to take with me fishing. In order to prevent, or at the very least slow ice building up in your guides, you can use products like Loon's Stanleys Ice-Off Paste to drastically slow ice building up on your guides. Personally, I just limit myself to fishing a little over a rod length of fly line outside my tip-top. By minimizing the amount of line stripped through the guides, you can drastically reduce the amount of times needed to clean ice out your guides. As an added bonus, fishing a set length of line will also aid in casting accuracy, line control, and strike detection. 

We've been hearing a lot of people talking about how tough the fishing has been on our local streams the past month. It is important to remember that our local fisheries saw more fishing pressure then they have ever seen last year. Combined with low, clear, winter flows and very small insects, it is important to understand that you will need to be patient, and fish at a slower pace if you want to fool these very "educated" trout. One other thing to keep in mind is that you tippet selection, and how you present your fly to the fish is very important during these winter months-especially on those super sunny days. If you are fishing upstream to a feeding fish, but having no success, dropping down a tippet size (i.e. 6X to 7X) is the first step I take. If that doesn't work, I'll then look to sneak above the fish, and present a down-stream presentation to them. This way, they are seeing the fly first, and not my leader or tippet landing beside them. If you get frustrated, just take a break, sit on the bank, and be grateful that you are outside. A "tough" day of fishing beats any day of work. 

 

FLY RECOMMENDATIONS:

Top Secret Midges (#22-#24)

Zebra Midges (#16-#22)

Buckskin Nymph (#20,#22)

Bling Midge (#22, #24)

"Frenchie" Pheasant Tail (#18)

Red Ass Soft Hackle (#18)

Pulsating Emerger (#22)

Syl's Midge (#18)

BH Hares Ears (#14-#20)

Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#16-#22)

Black Sprout Midge (#26)

CDC Hanging Midge (24)

Hi-Vis Midge (#20)

Griffith's Gnat (#20-#24)

Orange Asher (#16-#18)

Mother-Shucker (#20,#24)

Purple Rooster (#16-#18)

Para. Adams (#18-#26)

Turkey Baetis Cripple (#22)

Wounded Sculpin (#8)

Woolly Buggers (#6-#10)

Platte River Spiders (#4,#6)

Leeches (#8)

Confidant (#4)

Sculpzilla! (#8)

Sow Bugs (#16,#18)

Soft Hackle Sow Bugs (#16, #20)

San Juan Worms (#12-#16)