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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: August 7th, 2020

By: Nick Teynor

 

*FYI: As of 08/07/20, the B section of the Green is now open again to floating and fishing. Check out the Utah Fire Information website for updates and current conditions.*

 

Good day, everyone!

The "Dog Days of Summer" are here, and with it we are starting to see more and more terrestrial insects being active during the heat of the day. The caddis hatches in the evenings, and egg laying caddis in the mornings are still going strong, and our PMD mayflies are still hatching. 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 stay open safely. 

As of today, the Middle Provo is flowing at 397 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir, and 243 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. Size #16-#20 Pale Morning Dun mayflies, and #14-#16 Caddis are still hatching. 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. If you go out to fish in the evening, make sure you bring a headlamp, and stay past dark.

 

Lower Provo:

The Lower's flow is currently 724 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 still seeing PMD mayflies, Caddis, and terrestrials such as ants, beetles, and hoppers are starting to move fish. Nymphing with #18-22 midge, #16-#20 caddis, and #18-#22 mayfly 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 terrestrials. 

 

Weber River:

Flows on the Weber between Wanship and Coalville have been stable, and are flowing at 195 CFS at Wanship, and 183 CFS at Coalville. 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 seeing these bugs hatch every day, and while the fishing remains consistently inconsistent, it's still very important to be prepared. Nymphing with midges and sow bugs is always a good bet if there is nothing going on in the mornings, and stripping streamers in the early mornings and late evenings 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. 

 

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 1,890 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, 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 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. 

 

Fishing Tip:

The beginning of the "Dog Days of Summer" is upon us, and with the heat, it's a good time to head up to the high-country. The Uinta's, Boulders, and Wind River Ranges are all great options to go explore as temperatures spike here in the valley. 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)

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-#20)

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)