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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 19th, 2024

By: Nick Teynor

 

Hello All,

The winter Midge hatches are becoming more and more consistent as we get closer to March. Midges will be the primary hatch for the rest of this winter season and early spring, so it would be wise to carry every stage of the midge emergence (larva, pupa, adult, etc.) with you if you decide to head out over the next couple of weeks. Nymphing with small midge larva and pupae, sow bugs, scuds, caddis larva, attractor nymphs, and little Baetis nymphs in the deep pools can work when there are no fish rising, and focusing on fishing during the warmest/most comfortable part of the day will help tilt the odds a little more in your favor. 

In stream flow news, the Lower Provo has been flowing at/around 264 CFS, and the Middle Provo out of Jordanelle Reservoir is flowing at 151 CFS. The Weber out of Echo Reservoir is flowing at 160 CFS, which is very fishable. If they shut the flows off out of Echo Reservoir, we recommend leaving the Echo-Morgan stretch of the lower Weber alone until flows come up around/above 50 CFSFlows are 25 CFS out of Rockport Reservoir, which we feel is too low to fish, so we recommend heading else where.

The Winter Season is here, and that usually means there will be less river traffic out there. However, if the skiing stinks, and the weather is nice, there are still going to be anglers out on the water. In order to avoid bad river etiquette, it's important to know the basic ins an outs of how to interact with each other on the water. The 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

 

Middle Provo:

As of today, the Middle Provo is flowing at 151 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir, and 140 CFS at River Road Bridge. At this flow, I'd be focusing on fishing the deeper, slower pools, runs, and edges since these pieces of water are where most fish winter over. Best chance for moving fish will be on Midge nymphs and dries (#20-#26), small attractor nymphs like Perdigons, and Sow Bugs could work too. Fishing a soft hackle midge on a slow down-and-across swing, or fishing streamers low and slow can be effective, especially if the weather conditions are tough.

 

Lower Provo:

The Lower's flow is currently 264 CFS out of Deer Creek. Nymphing with Sow Bugs and scuds (#18-#22), small attractor nymphs such as little Perdigons, and midge larva and pupa patterns (#20-#26) would be what I would use on the Lower Provo if there is nothing hatching. I'd also definitely pack your dry flies for the midge hatch (#20-#26), especially if you're on the water during the most comfortable part of the day. Just like the Middle Provo, fishing a soft hackle midge on a slow down-and-across swing, or fishing streamer low and slow can be effective when there is no obvious signs of a hatch.

 

Weber River:

The Weber River between Rockport and Echo reservoirs is now flowing at 25 CFS. We consider this too low of a flow to fish this stretch of the Weber, so we are leaving it alone until flows are back around/above 50 CFSFlows out of Echo are now currently at 160 CFS, which is a good winter flow for this stretch of river. Keep in mind that flows have been shut off completely below Echo the last several winters, so if you're heading out, you'll need to check the flows first. If flows out of Rockport AND Echo are low to non-existent, I'd recommend heading down towards Mountain Green, South Weber, or Ogden if you want to fish the Weber. Your fly selection for the Weber below Echo Reservoir will be similar the Middle and Lower Provo. While the hatches and dry fly fishing on the Weber can be inconsistent, I'd definitely still bring Midge dry flies in case you run into a hatch. 

 

Green River Below Flaming Gorge:

As of right now, the flows on the Green below Flaming Gorge are flowing at/around 1,060 CFS-3,100 CFS. These flows make for tougher wade fishing conditions, but shouldn't negatively impact float fishing too much. In fact, fishing streamers can be good at these flow bumps, but the opportunities for fishing dry flies can be tough, especially for a walk and wade angler. Keep in mind that when flows go up, fish tend to hug the shore structure more, so for your safety don't wade out very far from shore.

If you're heading to the Green, streamer fishing from a boat, or the bank can be effective during these large flow bumps. I'd also make sure to bring Midge and B.W.O. nymphs and dries (#18-#24), and attractor dry fly patterns like an Orange Asher (#16-#20), Parachute Adams (#16-#20), Purple Rooster/Purple Hazes (#16-#18). Nymphing and/or Dry-Dropper fishing with attractor nymphs like "Frenchies", Perdigons, olive or tan scuds, Zebra Midges, and small worm patterns can work well if there are no signs of fish feeding off of the surface.  

 

Other Waters:

The Uinta mountain streams, creeks, lakes and reservoirs are locked up until later this year (June to Early July), and many high elevation reservoirs are iced over. Taking a drive to check out tailwater fisheries such as the San Juan in New Mexico, or Lee's Ferry on the Colorado River, are two good winter fishing options for those itching to do a road trip this time of year. 

 

Fishing Tip(s):

My go to leader(s) for fishing the local tailwaters during this time of year are 9' 5X leaders for fishing dries, dry-droppers, light nymph rigs, and 5X-7X tippets. My choice of tippet off of my leader is based on whatever size of fly I need to throw. This simple leader/tippet system allows me to adjust to whatever fishing conditions I encounter, and simplify what I need to take with me fishing. The only other tips I can offer are the following: Be prepared for dynamic weather changes, check the river flows before you head out, and make sure you respect each others space when out on the water!!!

 

FLY RECOMMENDATIONS:

 

Buckskin Nymph (#20-#22)

Bling Midge (#22, #24)

Top Secret Midge (#22-#24)

Zebra Midges (#16-#22)

Juju Baetis (#20-#22)

Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#18-#22)

Caddis Larva (#16-#18)

Pulsating Emerger (#22)

Syl's Midge Soft Hackle (#18)

Red Ass Soft Hackle (#18)

Soft Hackle Emerger (#20-#22)

Mole Fly (#20-#24)

Hi-Vis Griffiths Gnat (#22)

Mother Shuckers (#22-#24)

Morgan's Midge (#22-#24)

Purple Rooster (#14-#18)

Black Para. Midge (#22, #26)

Para. Adams (#14, #22-#26)

Leeches (#8#-#10)

Sow Bugs (#16,#18)

Soft Hackle Sow Bugs (#16, #20)