River Conditions

Local rivers we frequent

Green River

2040 cfs

Provo River

237 cfs

Weber River

86.5 cfs

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NORTHERN UTAH REPORTS

Updated: May 24th, 2019
By: Nick Teynor

 

Photo Credit: Jake Fowles 

 

Happy May!

Run-off season is here, but that doesn't mean we don't have places to fish. We have some great resources to stay up to date on water conditions around the state.

Check these gauges for updates on water levels!

1) Central Utah Water Conservancy District

2) USGS Streamflow

 

Fishing Conditions Summary:

The Middle Provo flow has jumped up. Flows went from 350 CFS last week, to 526 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir today (May 24th). We don't know if it will change anymore, but if it does, we will let you know. This bump in flows will spread the fish out a little, and make fishing along the edges good places to focus on. So, best to focus on anything that looks slow and deep enough to comfortably hold a fish. The Lower Provo has also risen in flows, and is now flowing at 632 CFS, and may continue to rise. Just like the Middle, the bump in flows will spread the fish out a little, so look to fish along the river edges. The flows out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir have been holding around 2,040 CFS, but they will be rising around the 28th of May. Not too sure how high they will go, but that is the date they have given us. They are still bumping the river daily between 950-2,500 CFS. It is still accessible to fish for walk-and-wade anglers; just look to fish closer to the edges of the river. It is always smart to check the flows before you go out to Dutch John, especially this time of year. The Weber River below Rockport Reservoir, as of today, is flowing at 86.5 CFS, and the Weber just below Echo Reservoir is now flowing at 193 CFS. This makes both tailwater sections of the Weber very fishable, and an option to check out.  

 

Middle Provo:

They bumped flows today (May 24th) on the Middle Provo. This will make fishing tough until the fish have adjusted to these higher flows, but the river is still very fishable. One thing to be aware of on the Middle, is the cold water temperatures coming out of Jordanelle. The water is 40 degrees up by the dam, and this has made the morning fishing slower than normal. Better to hit the lower Middle in the morning, and then bounce up to the upper Middle during the warmer afternoons. Blue Wings were hatching during this week of storms, but this flush in high water may mess with the hatch. So, make sure to pack #20-#22 Blue Wing nymphs, emergers, soft-hackles, and dries in case you run into them. With this bump in flows, nymphing will continue to be a great option during the cold mornings and non-hatch periods. Lately we have been nymphing with #12-#16 San Juan/Squirmy Worms, #14-#18 Caddis larva, #10-14 Stonefly nymphs, #16-#20 Sow Bugs, #20-#22 Juju Baetis, #20-#24 WD-40s, #18-#22 Pheasant Tails, and a variety of smaller midge larva and pupae in sizes #20-#26 should continue to work through this transitional season.

There are always caddis larva, sow bugs, stone flies, and mayfly nymphs in our local fisheries, and they are worth nymphing through the faster, deep pockets if there are no hatches present. However, we at the shop have been nymphing with worm patterns (especially when they bump flows), small mayfly nymphs, midge larva and pupae patterns as of late, and have had some consistent success. We have also had confirmed reports of the Mother's Day caddis on the lower section of the Middle Provo, so be prepared with pupa, emerger, and adult caddis patterns. These caddis are a mid-late afternoon hatch, and are usually darker colored (gray to olive). 

 

Lower Provo:

Lower Provo flows rose quite a bit, but they are still fishable. I would look to fish nymphs up the banks, or swing/strip streamers if no noses or bugs are around. Productive fly patterns for the Lower Provo continue to be pretty identical to the Middle Provo. If the water gets murky or off-color, don't panic! They have been doing bumps, and the water has been turning to chocolate milk, but the fish are still looking to feed. When in doubt, whip a worm/sowbug out!

 

Weber River:

The Weber between Wanship and Coalville is, as of today, 86.5 CFS. This flow makes fishing between Rockport and Echo Reservoirs a very fishable option, and one to go check out if you want to fish something else other than the Provo. Mother's Day caddis have arrived, and the fish have taken notice of them. The Weber directly below Echo is at a fishable level...Finally! Flows are at 183 CFS. Down by Mountain Green and Ogden is really high, muddy, and probably not too safe to be fishing right now. Middle Weber fly patterns to try would be Caddis larva, Brown Zebra Midges, Sow Bugs, and attractor flies such as Hare's Ears, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, and Woolly Buggers. Fly sizes should be pretty identical to what we are fishing on the Middle Provo. Look out for Midges, Blue-Wing Olives, and some Skwala Stones!

 

Green River Below Flaming Gorge:

Flows are bumping between 950 CFS and 2,500 CFS daily. The Spring Flush is, as of today, set to go off around the 28th of May. So if you're planning to head out there to fish in the next couple of weeks, it may be a good idea to wait until after the flush to go fish the Green. We'll keep you posted if this changes, and when we get more details. Things out East have been a little sporadic with this influx of wet weather, but still fishing. We are still receiving  reports about Baetis (BWO's) bringing fish to the surface, and if it gets warm and dry again, Cicadas will become more active. Nymph fishing with small Baetis nymphs, olive scuds, midge larva and pupae, and looking for fish sipping midges, mayflies, and big attractor dries along the edges and back-eddies will continue to be the program for the next couple of weeks. The streamer fishing has also been good to great, and having a variety of light and dark colored streamers in your boxes would be a really good idea. 

 

Other Waters:

Strawberry Reservoir has iced off, our lower level reservoirs are fishing, and some of the higher level reservoirs were just starting to ice-off before this cold front came in. Fish should be cruising the edges and hungry, so if you're looking for a change of pace, take a little exploratory trip and see what you can find.

 

Fishing Tip:

It's the season of the worm, so it would be wise to have a variety of colors and sizes with you as you head out on the local rivers. We are in a transitional time of the year, and will be fishing a wide variety of flies depending on the conditions. My go to leader this time of year is a 7.5' 3X, and I carry tippets from 3X-6X. I find that using a short, stout leader like this allows me to fish streamers and heavier nymph rigs, but also allows me to adjust to fishing nymph rigs, streamers, and a variety of dry flies with a simple tippet adjustment. Strawberry has iced-off, and other stillwater fishing opportunities abound during the high water season. So, get out and explore!

 

FLY RECOMMENDATIONS:

Sow Bugs (#16-#18)

San Juan/Flossy Worm (#12-#18)

Zebra Midges (#16-#22)

Buckskin Nymph (#20-#22)

Black Beauty Midge (#22-#26)

Top-Secret Midge (#22, #26)

Bling Midge (#22-#24)

Copper Johns (#12-#18)

Prince Nymphs (#12-#16)

Caddis Larva (#14-#20)

Olive Graphic Caddis Pupa (#16)

B.H. Olive Super Pupa (#16)

Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#18-#22)

Flash-Back WD-40 (#20-#22)

Barr's BWO Emerger (#18-22)

Syl's Midge (#18)

Mothershuckers (#22-#24)

Para. Adams (#18-#26)

Black Para. Midge (#22, #26)

Trailing Shuck Midge (#24, #30)

Morgan's Midge (#22-#24)

Turkey Baetis (#18-#22)

BWO Cripple (#18-#22)

No-Hackle BWO (#18-#20)

Hemingway Caddis (#14,#18)

Olive EZ Caddis (#16,#18)

Para. Peacock Caddis (#16)

Spent Partridge Peacock Caddis (#16)

Wounded Sculpin (#8)

Woolly Buggers (#8-#10)