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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: July 9th, 2024

By: Nick Teynor

 

*RIVER FLOW UPDATE:  The second flow bump out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir has come and gone, and the Green River is now flowing at 926 CFS, which is a very fishable flow. I have not heard of any more major flow fluctuations scheduled, but it's always a good idea to check the flows before heading out. The Middle and the Lower Provo have settled into their Summer flows and are in very fishable shape as of now. The Middle Provo out of Jordanelle Reservoir dropped to 320 CFS, and the Lower Provo out of Deer Creek Reservoir is 577 CFS. The Weber below Rockport Reservoir is at 200 CFS, which is a great Summer flow, and the Weber below Echo Reservoir is now 528 CFS. 528 CFS out of Echo is fishable, but a very pushy flow, and one I would not try to cross the river at. Again, I cannot stress how important it is to check the river gauges before you head out, and we've provided links for you in the report.*

 

Hello All,

In the immortal words of Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, it's "GAME ON"! Hard to believe that the Fourth of July is here, but flows on our local tailwater fisheries are very fishable, and it's only a matter of time before the Summer bugs start popping off in earnest. If you're heading out, I'd recommend stopping by the shop to pick up the nymphs and dry fly patterns for the Pale Morning Dun (P.M.D.) mayflies, Green Drake mayflies, Golden and Yellow Stoneflies, and Caddis. We just got our Summer shipment of flies in, so we'll have you covered for what you'll need to fish Utah and across the west. Also, just a friendly reminder that a large number of our Cutthroat trout creeks and streams have special regulations on them, and they are not open to fishing until the second Saturday of July. Make sure you double check the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Fishing Regulations to make sure you're fishing where you should be!!!

Summer is here, and that means there will be more and more river traffic out there. 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 currently 320 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir, and 172 CFS at River Road. At these flows the fish will be spread out,  and river structure such as rocks, log jams, foam and bubble lines, etc. is what I'd focus fishing around. Fishing with P.M.D. nymphs (#16-#18), Drake nymphs (#12), Stonefly nymphs (#10-#16), Midge nymphs (#18-#22), attractor nymphs, or streamers could potentially move fish. We have been seeing and hearing that PMDs, Caddis, Yellow Stoneflies, and Green Drakes are out and about on the Middle Provo, so we'd recommend coming prepared with nymphs and dries to fish the aforementioned hatches. If there is nothing obvious hatching, nor fish rising consistently, fishing a stonefly dry along the rivers edges and softer water, and/or dropping a PMD nymph or attractor nymph off the the back would be a good idea. Water temperatures on the lower Middle Provo are super close to motivating the Summer bugs to hatch, so you'll definitely want to be prepared with the dry/adult versions of the aforementioned insects.

 

Lower Provo:

The Lower's flow is currently 473 CFS out of Deer Creek. Just like the Middle Provo, at these flows the fish will be in tight to the banks, and in softer and slower currents. River structure such as rocks, log jams, foam and bubble lines, etc.- are what I'd focus on fishing. Fishing with San Juan/Squirmy Worms, Caddis nymphs and dries, (#12-#16), P.M.D. nymphs and dries (#16-#18), Stonefly nymphs and dries (#12-#16), Midge nymphs, attractor nymphs, Sow Bugs, or streamers could potentially move fish. 

 

Weber River:

The Weber River between Rockport and Echo reservoirs is now flowing at 191 CFS at Wanship, and 229 CFS at Coalville. This flow is very fishable for the Middle Weber, and I'd come prepared with Pale Morning Dun (P.M.D.) mayfly nymphs and dries (#16), Yellow Stonefly nymphs and dries (#12-#16), and nymphs such as sow bugs, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, etc.  Flows out of Echo Reservoir to Henefer are now currently at 469 CFS, which is also a fishable flow for this stretch of river, but a very pushy one, and not something I would attempt to cross. Flies I'd recommend for the lower Weber area are virtually identical to the Middle Weber. If there are no bugs around and no fish rising, and nymphing isn't your thing, don't be afraid to fish a streamer-especially during the early mornings and late evenings.

 

Green River Below Flaming Gorge:

As of right now, the flows on the Green below Flaming Gorge are flowing at/around 926 CFS. Time to go fish!!!

If you're heading to the Green I'd make sure to bring Cicadas (#8-#12), Mormon Crickets (#2-#6), Black Flying Ant patterns (#14-#18), and attractor dry fly patterns like a Para. Cricket (#14-#16), Peacock PMX (#14-#16), Parachute Adams (#12-#20), Purple Rooster/Purple Hazes (#14-#18), and Chubby Chernobyls in Purple, Gold, and Peacock (#10-#16). There have been Pale Morning Dun mayflies popping off (#16), and tan and olive Caddis (#14-#16) around too, so I'd recommend you plan accordingly for those bugs. Heard from one of the shop guys who fished the Green last weekend that he saw and fished Yellow Sally stoneflies, and the fish were on them. So, I'd highly recommend you bring those with you to Green in hooks sizes #12-#16. Nymphing and/or Dry-Dropper fishing with attractor nymphs like "Frenchies", Perdigons, olive or tan scuds, and a variety of sizes and colors of Zebra Midges can work well if there are no signs of fish feeding off of the surface. If it is super windy, cloudy, not much surface activity, etc.-fishing a streamer can be effective. 

 

Other Waters:

If you want to chase after some sunfish, bass, or carp on a fly rod, Summer is the time to do so. The fish will look to hang around in the shallows in the mornings and evenings, and fishing from the shore can be good. Fishing for trout in our local lakes and reservoirs continues to be good, but as things heat up, the better fishing will be in the mornings, evenings, and on cloudy days. Taking a drive to check out the Uinta reservoirs wouldn't be a bad idea, or head south to see what streams, lakes, and reservoirs are fishing in Southern Utah. It's always a good idea to be willing to explore and get creative with your fishing options, and after this week, all of the higher elevations creeks and streams should be in prime shape to fish. 

 

Fishing Tip(s):

To grossly summarize what hatches to be prepared to fish based on the weather conditions, I adhere to the following: Cloudy, cooler days usually lead to really good mayfly hatches, while sunny and warm days are usually better options to fish Stoneflies and Caddis. Leader(s) I'd recommend for fishing the local waters during this time of year are 7.5' 2X leaders and tippet for fishing streamers and big dry flies, 7.5'-9' 4X leaders for fishing dries, dry-droppers, light nymph rigs, and 4X-6X 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)

Zebra Midges (#16-#22)

Split Case PMD Nymph (#16-#18)

Barr's PMD Emerger (#16-#18)

Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#16-#20)

Hare's Ear Nymphs (#12-#18)

Cased / Un-Cased Caddis Larva (#16-#18)

Green Drake Nymph (#12)

Prince Nymphs (#12-#16)

Copper Johns (#12-#16)

BH 20 Incher (#12)

Blowtorch (#16)

Purple Rooster (#14-#18)

Para. Adams (#12-#18, #22-#26)

Green Drake Cripple (#12)

Green Drake Dun (#12)

PMD Cripple (#16-#18)

PMD Dun (#16-#18)

Adult Golden Stonefly (#10-#12)

Yellow Sally/Isoperla Stonefly (#12-#16)

Golden, Purple, Peacock Chubby Chernobyl (#12-#14)

Missing Links in Tan (#14), Olive (#14-#16), PMD (#16-#18)

Caddis Emerger/Cripples: Tan (#12-#16), Olive (#16-#18)

Caddis Adults: Tan (#12-#16), Olive (#16-#18)

Leeches (#8#-#10)

Sow Bugs (#16,#18)

Soft Hackle Sow Bugs (#16, #20)

San Juan Worms (#12-#16)