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River Conditions

Local rivers we frequent

Green River

1720 cfs

Provo River

396 cfs

Weber River

195 cfs

NORTHERN UTAH REPORTS

 

Updated: September 15th, 2020

By: Nick Teynor

  

Good day, everyone!

September came in with cold, hard winds, and in doing so ushered the transition of Summer to Fall. This means our aquatic insect hatches will be consisting of smaller bugs as September marches on, but as long as we don't get super cold, we will have October Caddis and Terrestrials to fish as well. We aren't free and clear of COVID-19 yet, so let's keep the faith, 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 are definitely starting to see more angling pressure with the looser restrictions in place, and there are plenty of anglers looking to get some time on the water after being cooped up in quarantine. In order for all of us to have a good time on the water, it is vital that we [anglers] adhere to good river etiquette and respect each counties health concerns and social distancing regulations. 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

 

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 341 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir, and 253 CFS at River Road Bridge. This is a great late-summer fishing flow, but you'll still need to use common sense when wading and walking in and around the water. Size #16-#20 Pale Morning Dun mayflies are still around in the upper river corridor, and it would be wise to start packing your tiny Pseudocloeon mayflies too. This little mayfly looks similar in color to a PMD, but it is tiny (#22-#24), and requires some fine tippet and patience to fish. There have been some sightings of our large "October" Caddis, and we aree still seeing some sporadic hatches of smaller caddis in the evenings. Terrestrials such as Ants, Beetles, and Hoppers are definitely worth trying during the heat of the day; especially if there is a strong wind blowing from the bank out to the water. When there aren't insects hatching, nymphing with #18-22 midge larva and pupa, #16-#20 caddis larva, and #18-#22 mayfly nymphs will move fish. So if you're heading out to fish the Middle, it would be VERY wise to make sure you're ready to fish with both the nymphs and dries for each of these insects. The cloudier days should produce better mayfly hatches, while the sunnier days should produce better fishing with caddis and terrestrials. 

 

Lower Provo:

The Lower's flow is currently 611 CFS, which is a fairly normal late-summer flow. If you choose to fish the Lower at this flow, the fish will be closer to the banks, and behind/around any shoreline structure they can find. We are still seeing some very small PMD mayflies and Caddis hatching, and terrestrials such as ants, beetles, and hoppers are starting to move fish. Just like the Middle Provo, nymphing with #18-22 midge, #16-#20 caddis, and #18-#22 mayfly nymphs will move fish during the non-hatch time periods. Larger Sow Bug patterns and San Juan worms would also be very wise to have in your fly boxes, and trailing them with a small Barr's Emergers, Pheasant Tail, midge, or caddis larva pattern is always a good bet. Stripping a streamer through the soft water along the rivers edge can also move some fish. Just like the Middle Provo, the cloudier, cooler days should produce better mayfly hatches, while the sunnier and warmer days should produce better fishing with caddis and terrestrials. 

 

Weber River:

Flows on the Weber between Wanship and Coalville have been stable, and are flowing at 200 CFS at Wanship, and 223 CFS at Coalville. Nymphing has been productive during the non-hatch periods. PMD mayflies and caddis are still hatching, albeit they have been consistently inconsistent with the hot weather. Nymphing with midges, small mayfly nymphs, sow bugs, and caddis is always a good bet if there is nothing going on, and stripping streamers in the early mornings and late evenings-night is never a bad idea. With the hot, dry weather, it would be wise to start packing some terrestrial insects (Ants, Beetles, Grasshoppers) in your packs. When in doubt, throw a Hopper-Dropper-Dropper rig out. 

 

Green River and Other Waters:

As of right now, the flows on the Green below Flaming Gorge Reservoir are coming up to a more "fish friendly" level, and it is currently flowing at 1,200 CFS-2,050 CFS. If you do head out to the Green, the fish will be hanging out in any deep troughs, holes, channels, and oxygenated water-especially on the sunny days. I wouldn't hesitate to fish a big foam attractor, big ant, hopper, and beetle on top, and drop a nymph 2'-4' behind it if you head out there over there. Keep a look out for Trico and Pseudocloeon mayflies, and caddis in the mornings and evenings. If fish are not coming up for a larger hopper or attractor pattern, fishing an ant or beetle trailing behind them 18"-24" is never a bad idea. Please be considerate, and follow all 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. 

 

Fishing Tip:

With the Summer-Fall shift beginning to happen, it would be wise to pack leaders and tippets for our larger terrestrials, and fine, delicate tippets for our tiny mayfly hatches. My go to leader for most of my trout fishing is a 7.5'-9' 3X leader, and I make sure to pack 3X-7X tippets with me. This allows me to adjust to whatever fishing conditions I encounter, and it simplifies what I need to take with me fishing. The Uinta's, Boulders, and Wind River Ranges are also great options to fish throughout the fall. The lakes and ponds will fish better in the mornings and evenings, or when there is cloud cover, and the creeks and streams will fish well throughout the day. Attractor dries and nymphs will work well, but I wouldn't be heading up to fish any of these locations without some ants, beetles, and grasshoppers. 

 

FLY RECOMMENDATIONS:

Sow Bugs (#16,#18)

Soft Hackle Sow Bugs (#16, #20)

San Juan Worms (#12-#16)

Zebra Midges (#16-#22)

Buckskin Nymph (#20,#22)

Bling Midge (#22)

Split Case PMD (#16,#20)

Barr's Emerger (#16-#22)

Perdichingon (#16)

"Frenchie" Pheasant Tail (#18)

Red Dart (#14,#16)

Blue Dart (#16)

Improved Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail (#16)

Prince Nymphs (#12-#18)

BH Hares Ears (#14-#20)

Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#16-#22)

Tan Chubby (#12-#14)

Parachute Hoppers (#10-#14)

Deer Hair Ant (#12,#16)

Foam Beetle (#14)

PMX (#8-#16)

Para. Cricket (#12)

Purple Rooster (#16-#18)

Para. Adams (#16-#22)

Wounded Sculpin (#8)

Woolly Buggers (#6-#10)

Platte River Spiders (#4,#6)

Confidant (#4)

Sculpzilla! (#8)