NORTHERN UTAH REPORTS
Updated: October 19th, 2018
By: Nick Teynor
Fishing Conditions Summary:
The Middle Provo, as of today, just dropped down to 150 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir. This drop in flows was expected, and will make the wading easier. However, the trade-off is that the fish will be much more wary due to the low, clear water. If you do fish the Middle Provo, the fish will now be starting to pod up in the deeper holes, so best to focus on anything that looks deep enough to comfortably hold a fish. The Lower Provo is currently flowing at 179 CFS. Just like the Middle, the drop in flows will really force to fish to find deeper water, but still look along the river edges before stomping out in to the middle of the river. The colder weather should really start to break-up the weeds, and should make for a more pleasant fishing experience. The flows out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir are stable, and are flowing at/around 1,800 CFS. The Weber River below Rockport Reservoir, as of today, is flowing at 25 CFS. That is no typo, that is a SUPER low flow. At this current water level, it is too low to fish. None of us at the shop will fish it until it gets above 50 CFS, and for the sake of the fishery, we encourage you to do the same. The Weber below Echo is now at .5 CFS. It too, is now too low to fish up by Echo. Down by Mountain Green and Ogden is still a fishy option. Here are the links to the Utah Streamflow sites:
Good Day, Everyone!
This past weeks cold weather has kicked off our local Blue-Wing Olive hatches, and the fish have taken notice. I also saw a couple of October Caddis flying around this past Saturday, so it is time to have some big, orange caddis patterns (12-#14) in your boxes. Streamer fishing has also been picking up, but like anything in fishing, it has been very dependent on the weather and location. Here's a little more in depth look at what's happening out there:
Nymphing continues to be a great option during the cold mornings, but with the recent cooler weather and clouds we are seeing our fall Blue-Wing Olive mayflies (#22-#24) popping out from the top of the river down to Charleston. I finally saw our October Caddis over the weekend, and on these sunnier, warmer Fall days they are great fly to use to seek out willing fish. These Fall caddis are usually best imitated with a #10-#14 cinnamon or orange colored Elk Hair Caddis, and I also love to use #12-#14 Orange Stimulators for this last "big-bug" of the year. Nymphing has been productive with #20-#22 Baetis Nymphs, #14-#18 Caddis larva, #16-#20 Sow Bugs, #20-#22 Juju Baetis, #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-fall 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. We also have our size #20 Baetis Soft Hackles back in stock, along with some small Syl's Midge soft hackles as well. Both would be smart to carry with you for the duration of the fall season. 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.
I drove down to check out the Lower yesterday, and while the flows were good, the water visibility was almost like chocolate milk. It is still fishable with streamers, and nymphs-but dry fly-fishing will be non-existent until the water clears up some. Look to break out the worm patterns until the water clears. Hatches and fly patterns for the Lower should be pretty identical to the Middle Provo. Streamers can and will work, especially in the morning and evenings. When in doubt, fish your streamers slow, and take a step downriver after each throw!
The Weber between Wanship and Coalville is, as of today, too low to fish. The Weber below Echo is no longer at a fishable level. They dropped flows to a whopping .5 CFS, and we aren't going anywhere near it. Down by Mountain Green and Ogden is still ok for fishing. Lower Weber fly patterns to try would be Hoppers, Caddis larva, Brown Zebra Midges, Sow Bugs, and attractor flies such as Hare's Ears and Pheasant Tails. Fly sizes should be pretty identical to what we are fishing on the Middle Provo.
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. Small Baetis nymphs and dries, Zebra Midges, Midge Dries, small Ant and Para. Cricket patterns will continue to move fish for the next couple of weeks. The streamer fishing is also picking up, and having a variety of light and dark colored streamers in your boxes would be a really good idea.
The Uinta Lakes and Strawberry Reservoir are fishing, and with this cooler weather they should be fishing well throughout the day. Hatches are winding down and the terrestrial fishing will also slow as we get into colder weather. Streamer fishing in the lakes, however, should be good, and fishing with attractor dries and nymphs will still produce. Good place to explore if you are looking to get away from other fisher people.
Fall is a transition time. Our big bugs are fading fast, and it is time to carry all the stages of our little bugs (Baetis, Midges) with you on ALL of your fall fishing trips. Also, you will want to make sure you have your smaller tippet sizes (6X-7X) with you too. Small flies need smaller, finer tippets to help them fish better-especially with the lower, clear water and picky fish!
Zebra Midges (#16-#22)
Buckskin Nymph (#20-#22)
Bling Midge (#22)
Copper Johns #16-#22
Sow Bugs (#16-#18)
San Juan/Flossy Worm (#12-#18)
Orange Stimulator (#12-#14)
Fall Caddis (#10)
Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#18-#22)
Flash-Back WD-40 (#20-#22)
Barr's BWO Emerger (#22)
Platte River Spiders-ALL COLORS!!! (#6)
Matt's Confidant Streamers-ALL COLORS!!! (#4)