null

River Conditions

Local rivers we frequent

Green River

1717 cfs

Provo River

501 cfs

Weber River

210 cfs

NORTHERN UTAH REPORTS

 

Updated: July 10th, 2020

By: Nick Teynor

 

Good day, everyone!

Midsummer fishing season is here, and with it we are starting to see more and more caddis hatches in the evenings, and egg laying caddis in the mornings. We aren't free and clear of COVID-19 yet, so let's keep the faith, wear a sun-gaiter or 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.  Don't stop at stores, food, gas, etc. Do your fishing, respect others space, and enjoy what Mother Nature offers.  As a business whose been significantly impacted by this virus, as many have, we don't want to go through this again.  Let's take it slow, and do our part so we can continue to open up safely. 

As of today, the Middle Provo is flowing at 502 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir, and 351 CFS at River Road Bridge. This is a great summer fishing flow, but you'll still need to use common sense when in and around the water. We are seeing all of our summer insect hatches: Pale Morning Dun mayflies, Green Drake mayflies, Yellow Stoneflies, and Caddis. 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 stoneflies. Drakes are still around, but are starting to fade as July progresses. 

 

Lower Provo:

The Lower's flow is currently 639 CFS, which is a fairly normal 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 seeing Midges, PMD mayflies, Caddis, and Yellow Sally stoneflies emerging throughout the day. When these bug aren't hatching, nymphing with midge, caddis, mayfly, and stonefly nymphs will move fish. Larger Sow Bug patterns would also be very wise to have in your fly boxes, and trailing them with a Split Case PMD nymph, 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 days should produce better mayfly hatches, while the sunnier days should produce better fishing with caddis and stoneflies. 

 

Weber River:

Flows on the Weber between Wanship and Coalville have been stable, and are flowing at 210 CFS at Wanship, and 210 CFS at Coalville. Like the Middle Provo, we are starting to see our summer insects get active. Nymphing and streamer fishing in the softer water and along the edges will continue to be productive during the non-hatch periods, and I'd recommend bringing your PMD, Stonefly, and Caddis boxes with you, as all of the nymphs and larva of these species are present and available for the fish to eat right now. We are starting to see more and more of these bugs hatch every day, and it is only a matter of time before there are daily hatches of bugs for the fish to chow on. Nymphing with midges and sow bugs is always a good bet if there is nothing going on, and stripping streamers in the early mornings and late evenings is never a bad idea.

 

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 1,040 CFS. If you do head out to the Green, the fish will be hanging out in any deep troughs, holes, and channels-especially on the sunny days. I wouldn't hesitate to fish a big foam attractor, or Yellow Sally on top, and drop a nymph 2'-4' behind it if you head out there over there soon. Keep a look out for PMD mayflies and caddis in the mornings and evenings, and fishing an ant or beetle 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. 

If you want to try fishing for other species, late June and early July is a great time to go looking for warm water species. Bass, sunfish, and carp will all take flies readily if presented right, and they provide a fun fight on a fly rod. As an added bonus, many of the community fisheries have one or all of these species, and you don't have to travel to far to find them. 

 

Fishing Tip:

If you are desperate to get out and wet a line, there are quite a few community fishing ponds across the valley to check out. I can't tell you that you're going to catch a bunch of fish, but if nothing else, you can focus on working on your fly-casting, and the bonus will be that you will have an opportunity to hook a fish in the process. If I were heading out to the local city ponds, I would make sure to be packing a variety of leeches, Zebra Midges, Prince Nymphs, Hares Ear Nymphs, Copper Johns, etc. You may get lucky and see some fish eating midges off of the surface, so it would be smart to have a variety of Griffith's Gnats and Parachute Adams with you, too. Here's the link to find out more about Salt Lake City's Community Fisheries.

 

FLY RECOMMENDATIONS:

Sow Bugs (#16,#18)

Soft Hackle Sow Bugs (#16, #20)

Squirmy Worms (#12)

San Juan Worms (#12-#16)

Zebra Midges (#16-#22)

Buckskin Nymph (#20,#22)

Bling Midge (#22)

Split Case PMD (#16,#20)

Barr's PMD Emerger (#16)

Perdichingon (#16)

"Frenchie" Pheasant Tail (#16)

Red Dart (#14,#16)

Blue Dart (#16)

Improved Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail (#16)

Prince Nymphs (#12-#16)

BH Hares Ears (#14-#18)

Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#16-#20)

Peacock Chubby (#12)

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)