River Conditions

Local rivers we frequent

Green River

896 cfs

Provo River

148 cfs

Weber River

25.1 cfs

NORTHERN UTAH REPORTS
Updated: March 22nd, 2019
By: Nick Teynor

 

Fishing Conditions Summary:

The Middle Provo flow is hovering around 145 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir. The river will most likely hold at this flow for the next couple of weeks, but if it changes, we will let you know. If you do fish the Middle Provo, the fish are podding up in the deeper holes, so best to focus on anything that looks slow and deep enough to comfortably hold a fish. The Lower Provo is currently flowing around 99 CFS. Just like the Middle, the lower winter flows will really force fish to find deeper water, but still look along the river edges before stomping out in to the middle of the river. The flows out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir are literally all over the place. Right now, the flows are going from 1,500 CFS-3,000 CFS twice a day, but they will be dropping to 800 CFS for the rest of March. This drop is expected to be done by March 6th, and should make the river more accessible to fish for wade fishing. The Weber River below Rockport Reservoir, as of today, is flowing at 25 CFS. The Weber below Echo is now at .75 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. Up above Rockport Reservoir in Rockport State Park (if it's not frozen), and down by Mountain Green and Ogden are still a fishy options. Here are the links to the Utah Streamflow sites:

1) CUWCD
2) USGS Streamflow

 

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 Winter Brown/Photo By: Nick Teynor

 

Good Day Everyone! 

Spring is finally here! We aren't seeing blanket hatches of Baetis (i.e. Blue Wing Olive) Mayflies yet, but the nymphs are active and getting ready to hatch. Heading out this time of year, I would definitely be packing plenty of Midges of various sizes, and I would also make sure to pack my Blue Wing Olive box too. Here's what else is going on out there:

 

Middle Provo:

Midges are still the name of the game, but Blaine Townsend (one of our Small Stream Guides) was out Wednesday, and saw some Blue Wing Olives, and fish were eating them. So, make sure to pack #18-#20 Blue Wing nymphs, emergers, soft-hackles, and dries in case you run into them. For the midge dry fly fishing, we have continued to have good success fishing #16-#18 Midge Cluster patterns, and trailing #22-#30 midge emergers and tiny dries 16"-20" behind them. Nymphing continues to be a great option during the cold mornings and non-hatch periods. Lately we have been nymphing with #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-#26 should continue to work through the winter season. There are always caddis larva, sow bugs, stone flies, and mayfly nymphs in our local fisheries, and they are worth nymphing through the faster, deep pockets if there are no midge hatches present. However, we at the shop have been nymphing with lots of small, sparse midge larva and pupae patterns as of late, and have had some consistent success.

Swinging softies (soft hackled-flies) continues to be a very effective technique for moving fish prior to the hatches, during, and after. We have had success with size #24 Black Biot Midges, #22 Pulsating Emerger Soft Hackles, and #18 Syl's Midge soft hackles as well. Make sure to bring your BWO Soft Hackles too!

 

Lower Provo:

Lower Provo flows are low and clear, and the fishing is starting to pick up. I would look to fish nymphs if no noses or bugs are around, but dry fly-fishing with midges is a daily option to keep an out for. The Blue-Wing Olive hatches are also starting to get going, and productive fly patterns for the Lower Provo continue to be pretty identical to the Middle Provo. 

 

Weber River:

The Weber between Wanship and Coalville is, as of today, 26 CFS. The Weber below Echo is not 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 Caddis larva, Brown Zebra Midges, Sow Bugs, and attractor flies such as Hare's Ears, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, and Woolly Buggers. Fly sizes should be pretty identical to what we are fishing on the Middle Provo. Look our for Midges and Blue-Wing Olives!

 

Green River Below Flaming Gorge:

Flows are now at 800 CFS-supposedly for the remainder of March. I haven't heard much from out that direction, but there should be Midges and even some sporadic Baetis bringing fish to the surface. Nymph fishing with small Baetis nymphs, olive scuds, midge larva and pupae, and looking for fish sipping midge adults will continue to move fish for the next couple of weeks. The streamer fishing has also been good to great, and having a variety of light and dark colored streamers in your boxes would be a really good idea. 

 

Other Waters:

Look to do some traveling! Lee's Ferry, the Green below Flaming Gorge, and New Mexico's San Juan River are all great places to fish in the dead of winter; as long as the weather cooperates and with a little luck, you can have some great fishing. 

 

Fishing Tip:

It would be wise to pack some 7.5' 2X-3X leaders and tippet with you, and bring your baby brown trout streamers. This time of year, the baby browns from last years spawn are moving around, and bigger fish are (usually) looking for them. 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! Also, look to find fish in the slower edges, and deeper holes. Fish usually prefer these areas in late-winter/early-spring; mainly because they don't have to work as hard and expend much energy trying to find food. One last tip: Watch your step, and make sure that you don't cast a shadow on the water! Cracking ice getting into the water, especially in the slow deep holes, is a good way to spook fish and put them down for a while. Walking too close to the water, especially with the sun at your back, is a sure-fire way to spook fish too. Keep a low profile, walk slow, and pick one fish to fish to at a time. You'll have more success...trust me.

 

FLY RECOMMENDATIONS:

 

Sow Bugs (#16-#18)

San Juan/Flossy Worm (#12-#18)

Zebra Midges (#16-#22)

Buckskin Nymph (#20-#22)

Black Beauty Midge (#22-#26)

Top-Secret Midge (#22, #26)

Bling Midge (#22-#24)

Copper Johns (#16-#22)

Caddis Larva (#14-#20)

Pulsating Emerger (#22)

Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#18-#22)

Flash-Back WD-40 (#20-#22)

Barr's BWO Emerger (#22)

Biot Midge (#24)

Syl's Midge (#18)

Mothershuckers (#22-#24)

Double Midge (#18)

Orange Asher (#16-#18)

Para. Adams (#22-#26)

Black Para. Midge (#22, #26)

Trailing Shuck Midge (#24, #30)

Morgan's Midge (#22-#24)

Turkey Baetis (#18-#22)

BWO Cripple (#18-#22)

No-Hackle BWO (#18-#20)