River Conditions

Local rivers we frequent

Green River

2090 cfs

Provo River

529 cfs

Weber River

180 cfs

NORTHERN UTAH REPORTS

Updated: July 12th, 2019
By: Nick Teynor

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Both the Middle and Lower Provo river flows have dropped, and will be getting better and better to fish as July progresses. The Green River below Flaming Gorge is now down to a very fishable level, and seeing PMD mayflies, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, and Cicadas along the river banks. Time to take a drive out east and see what you can find! The Weber flows below Rockport Reservoir dropped yesterday, and it is currently at a great fishing flow. We have some great resources to stay up to date on water conditions around the state, so please use them to plan your fishing trips. Our rivers are on the drop statewide, but we still have plenty of stillwater fishing opportunities to fish; especially in the Uinta Mountains. Time to get out and explore!

Check these gauges for updates on water levels!

1) Central Utah Water Conservancy District

2) USGS Streamflow

 

Fishing Conditions Summary:

Flows out of Jordanelle Reservoir are now 598 CFS.  This is a much more fishable flow, but the current will still be stong. Fish the edges and softer water, be safe out there, and respect these flows! The Lower Provo has also dropped in flows, and is now flowing at 580 CFS. This drop in flows will make the Lower another option to go fish, but still be careful wading in and around the river. Safety first! The flows out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir are stable, and are now at 2,300 CFS. It is always smart to check the flows before you go out to Dutch John, especially this time of year. The Weber River below Rockport Reservoir, as of today, is flowing at 180 CFS. The Weber just below Echo Reservoir is now flowing at 480 CFS. This makes both the middle and upper-lower sections Weber good options to go explore.

 

Middle Provo:

They dropped flows on the Middle Provo a couple of days ago, and they are currently flowing at 598 CFS. This drop in flows will make the Middle a very fishy option, but these flows are still strong. Focus on fishing the side channels, edges, and any "soft water" you can find. Stoneflies, PMD mayflies, and Caddis should start to hatch as the flows continue to drop, so keep an eye out for them. Drakes are here, and the fish are looking for them.  We've seen the bugs down around Deer Creek, and all the way up towards River Road North. I wouldn't expect to see blanket Drake hatches, especially on the sunny days. That doesn't mean you shouldn't fish Drakes on the sunny days; you just need to fish them in the right spots. All it takes is a couple of these big mayflies to get the fish looking up for them, so focus on putting your fly around rocks, around wooden structure, in seams, and wherever there are bubbles and foam. On my last trip out, I "blind" fished a Drake after seeing a couple flying around, and I found several fish willing to eat it. Best chance to see heavier hatches of Drakes will be on the cloudy, cooler days.

 

Lower Provo:

Lower Provo flows are now at a normal summer flow, and very fishable. I went down this week to check it out, and I found the fish willing to eat my flies, but I had to be careful. The river is flowing at a normal summer flow, but it is still strong. At these flows the fish will usually hold closer to the banks, and around any form of structure (rocks, logs, seam lines,etc.) they can find. Since the fish will be holding closer to the edges, check your surroundings before you try to cast, and you won't lose many flies to the "tree fish"! Just like the Middle Provo, focus on fishing the side channels, edges, and any "soft water" you can find.  When the flows are at 580 CFS, make sure to use caution, and don't wade too far into the water if you don't have to. If you check it out, make sure you have PMD nymphs and dries, Yellow Stonefly nymphs and dries, and all stages of Caddis. If all else fails try using flashy streamers to move some fish.

 

Weber River:

The Weber between Wanship and Coalville is, as of today, 190 CFS. This flow makes fishing between Rockport and Echo Reservoirs a good local option to check out. Expect to see increasing hatches of PMDs (#16), Caddis (#16-#18), and Yellow Stoneflies (#12-#16) as the water continues to drop. The Weber directly below Echo Reservoir has dropped in flows, and the river is now running at 473 CFS. Down by Mountain Green and Ogden has also dropped, but it is still a pushy flow, so use caution. Middle Weber fly patterns to try would be Yellow Stonefly nymphs and dries, PMD nymphs and dries, Copper Johns, Caddis larva, Brown Zebra Midges, Sow Bugs, and attractor flies such as Hare's Ears, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, and Woolly Buggers.

 

Green River Below Flaming Gorge:

As of today, the Green below the Gorge is at 2,300 CFS. Cicadas, Caddis, PMDs, and Yellow Sallies have been seen by both anglers and fish, and the fishing will only continue to get better as the water continues hold steady. In short, it's a good time to sneak out to the Green!

 

Other Waters:

Strawberry Reservoir still continues to fish well, and the mornings and evenings will continue to be the better option as the summer heat increases.  The high mountain lakes and streams along the Wasatch Front, Uintas, and Boulder Mountain range will be good options to go explore for the rest of the summer. Fish should be cruising the edges and hungry in the mornings and evenings, so if you're looking for a change of pace, take a handful of various attractor wet and dry flies, and go on a exploratory trip and see what you can find.

 

Fishing Tip:

It would be wise to be prepared with all stages of the PMDs, Caddis, Stoneflies, and Drakes. The Drakes on the Middle Provo are hatching, so make sure you have some if you head that direction. If you head out to the Uintas, or anyplace with lots of standing water, make sure to pack your bug spray. Also, make sure to not get any bug spray with DEET on your fly lines! DEET can actually melt fly lines, and ruin other gear too. As far as my go to leader/tippet choice for the summer, I run a 7.5' 3X leader, and I carry tippets from 3X-6X. I find that using a short, stout leader like this allows me to fish streamers and heavier nymph rigs, but also allows me to adjust to fishing a variety of dry flies with a simple tippet adjustment. With the increasing heat and fishing pressure, it would be wise to sneak up to the high country in the Uintas and Boulders to find happy fish and solitude. Get out there, explore, be safe, and have fun!

 

FLY RECOMMENDATIONS:

Cicadas (#4-#12)

Sow Bugs (#16-#18)

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

Zebra Midges (#16-#22)

Buckskin Nymph (#20-#22)

Bling Midge (#22)

Copper Johns (#12-#18)

Prince Nymphs (#12-#16)

Caddis Larva (#14-#20)

Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#16-#20)

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

BH Hump Back PMD (#16-#18)

Yellow X-Stimi (#12-#14)

Golden Chubby (#8,#12)

Extended Body PMD Dry (#16)

Winger PMD (#16)

Green Drake Cripple (#12)

Green Drake Dun (#12)

EZ Caddis (#14-#16)

Elk Hair Caddis (#12-#16)

Wounded Sculpin (#8)

Woolly Buggers (#8-#10)