River Conditions

Local rivers we frequent

Green River

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Provo River

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Weber River

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NORTHERN UTAH REPORTS
Updated: January 18th, 2019
By: Nick Teynor

 

Fishing Conditions Summary:

The Middle Provo flow is hovering around 149 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir. The river will most likely hold at this flow throughout the winter, but if it changes, we will let you know. If you do fish the Middle Provo, the fish will now be starting to pod 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 drop in 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 colder weather should really start to break-up the weeds, and should make for a more pleasant fishing experience. 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. They have been doing this for the past couple of months or so, and the fish should be used to it by now. The Weber River below Rockport Reservoir, as of today, is flowing at 31 CFS. The Weber below Echo is now at .5 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, and down by Mountain Green and Ogden is still a fishy option. Here are the links to the Utah Streamflow sites:

1) CUWCD
2) USGS Streamflow

 

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Photo Credit: Anne Smith

 

Good Day All! 

Winter fishing remains consistently inconsistent. There are enough midges hatching to get fish to the surface, but consistent success with dries this time of year is about being in the the right place at the right time. While midges are the primary hatch, we are also still seeing super sporadic and freak little hatches of Baetis, and at times the fish are taking notice of them. I don't expect these winter Baetis to be a "normal" occurrence; just something to be prepared for. So, make sure to have a couple BWO's in your box. Nymphing continues to be effective when no trout are up and sipping off the surface. While a majority of our Brown Trout are pretty much done spawning, there are lots of redds (Brown Trout nests) out there, and we need to continue to watch where we are fishing and stepping. Here is what has been happening in our neck of the woods:

Middle Provo:

Blaine, Spencer and I went up to the Middle Provo last Tuesday, and it fished better than anticipated. We showed up at about 11:30 AM, and started seeing fish tailing and "smutting" on midge pupa shortly after. We had very good success fishing dry-dropper/dry-dry rigs between 12-3 PM, and soft-hackles afterwards produced fish too. 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-#24 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 trying 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. It would be smart to carry with you all three of these soft hackles for the duration of our winter fishing season. 

Lower Provo:

Lower Provo flows have dropped, and the water visibility has cleared. I would look to fish with nymphs, but dry fly-fishing for midges is a daily option to keep an out for.  Hatches and fly patterns for the Lower Provo are pretty identical to the Middle Provo. 

 

Weber River:

The Weber between Wanship and Coalville is, as of today, 31 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 and Pheasant Tails. Fly sizes should be pretty identical to what we are fishing on the Middle Provo. 

 

Green River Below Flaming Gorge:

Flows have been fluctuating between 1,500 CFS to 3,000 CFS. I haven't heard much from out that direction, but there should still be some Midges bringing fish to the surface. Just like any of our other Brown Trout fisheries, watch out for the redds and where you are fishing! Small Baetis nymphs and dries, Zebra Midges, Midge Dries will continue to move fish for the next couple of weeks. The streamer fishing could be good too, 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 is cold out there, which inevitably means you'll be getting ice in your guides. Applying Loon's Ice Off-Paste to your guides prior to fishing definitely helps, and also fishing with a set length of line will slow ice build-up. 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 the winter; mainly because they don't have to work as hard and expend much energy.

 

FLY RECOMMENDATIONS:

 

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)

Biot Midge (#24)

Syl's Midge (#18)

Mothershuckers (#22-#24)

Sow Bugs (#16-#18)

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

Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#18-#22)

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

Barr's BWO Emerger (#22)