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River Conditions

Local rivers we frequent

Green River

946 cfs

Provo River

129 cfs

Weber River

28 cfs

NORTHERN UTAH REPORTS

 

Updated: November 7th, 2020

By: Nick Teynor

  

Good day, everyone!

Our fall fishing is passing by too quickly, as it always seems to, but we still have some good hatches to look forward to. Our Blue-Winged Olive mayflies should begin to hatch more consistently with this cloudy and cool weather rolling in, and it would be smart to pack some Psuedocloeon mayflies and Midges as we get closer and closer to December. The streamer bite on all of our waters will continue to be productive as we march further on into November, especially on all of our local lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.  

We aren't free and clear of COVID-19; not even close!!! So let's continue to wear a 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 took a beating from the hordes of anglers this season, and in doing so, we heard about A LOT of bad etiquette on the water.  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

 

P.S.A./F.Y.I. :

Fall is that time of year when our resident Brown Trout and Brook Trout start to get the urge to spawn. In order for them to do so successfully, and with minimal stress, it is vital that we as anglers do our part, and leave ANY spawning fish we see alone. That means respecting the fish on spawning redds by not trying hook and land them, and making sure we don't walk/wade through their spawning areas while fishing. The folks at Redington Fly-Fishing posted a helpful video on the importance of leaving spawning fish alone, and why it matters. Give it a watch so you know how to enjoy Fall fishing, and do it in a way that respects and preserves the resource. Video Link: Avoiding Spawners

 

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. Let's continue to take it slow, and do our part so we can continue to stay open safely. 

As of today, the Middle Provo is flowing at 152 CFS out of Jordanelle Reservoir, and 136 CFS at River Road Bridge. This is a typical fall fishing flow, but you'll still need to use common sense when wading and walking in and around the water. There may still be some tiny Pseudocloeon mayflies out and about on the cold, sunny days, and our actual Fall Blue-Wing Olive mayflies should start to show as we get into cooler and cloudier weather. They [BWOs] will be slightly larger (#20-#22) than the Pseudocloeon mayflies we have been seeing for the past month.

When there aren't insects hatching, nymphing with #18-22 midge larva and pupa, #16-#20 caddis larva, and #18-#22 mayfly nymphs will move fish.  The streamer fishing will only get better as the days and nights get cooler. So if you don't want to look at an indicator, and like to cover ground, fishing a streamer is a great call. 

 

Lower Provo:

The Lower's flow is currently 90 CFS, which is a lower Fall flow than I'd like to see. This drop in flows will force fish to find any deeper water they can, and until the weeds break-up, it will make fishing a little more challenging. We are seeing midges in the mornings and evenings, some very small Pseudocloeon mayflies and Fall Blue-Winged Olive mayflies during the the afternoons. Just like the Middle Provo, nymphing with #18-22 midge, #16-#20 caddis, and #18-#22 mayfly nymphs will move fish during the non-hatch time periods. Sow Bug patterns would also be very wise to have in your fly boxes, and trailing them with a small Barr's Emergers, Pheasant Tail, midge, or caddis larva pattern is always a good bet. Stripping a streamer through the deeper holes, troughs, and channels should be effective for the next couple of weeks, and another technique to try if you don't see any surface activity. 

 

Weber River:

Flows on the Weber between Wanship and Coalville have been effectively shut-off. They are only releasing 24 CFS of water out of Rockport, and less than 1 CFS out of Echo Dam. There will be more water flowing through the river as you get closer to Mountain Green and Odgen, but we would HIGHLY encourage all anglers to fish elsewhere. We won't touch the Weber when it's at this flow-especially during spawning season.

 

Green River and Other Waters:

As of right now, the flows on the Green below Flaming Gorge Reservoir have flat-lined at 939 CFS. If you do head out to the Green, the fish will be hanging out in any deep troughs, holes, channels, and other structure. Keep a look out for Midges, Pseudocloeon mayflies, Blue-Wing Olive mayflies, and definitely bring your streamers. Until things get too cold for terrestrials, fishing a #12-#16 Parachute Cricket and trailing a small (#18-#22) Zebra Midge or BWO Nymph 2'-3' behind 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:

With Fall here, it would be wise to pack leaders and tippets for fishing streamers, and fine, delicate leaders and tippets for our tiny mayfly and midge hatches. My go to leader for most of my streamer fishing is a 7.5' 1X leader, and 1X-3X tippets. For fishing the small bugs of fall, my leaders are 9' 5X, and I make sure to carry 5X-7X tippets with me. This allows me to adjust to whatever fishing conditions I encounter, and it simplifies what I need to take with me fishing. The Uinta's, Boulders, and Wind River Ranges are also great options to fish throughout the fall. The lakes and ponds will fish throughout the day, and the streams will fish best during the most comfortable parts of the day. Attractor dries and nymphs will work, but I wouldn't be heading up to fish any of these locations without some small leeches and streamers. 

 

FLY RECOMMENDATIONS:

Sow Bugs (#16,#18)

Soft Hackle Sow Bugs (#16, #20)

San Juan Worms (#12-#16)

Zebra Midges (#16-#22)

Buckskin Nymph (#20,#22)

Bling Midge (#22)

Split Case BWO (#20-#22)

Barr's Emerger (#16-#22)

Perdichingon (#16)

"Frenchie" Pheasant Tail (#18)

Red Dart (#14,#16)

Blue Dart (#16)

S.H.E. (#18, #22)

Baetis Swinger (#18)

Syl's Midge (#18)

Partridge and Green (#14-#16)

Improved Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail (#16)

Prince Nymphs (#12-#18)

BH Hares Ears (#14-#20)

Pheasant Tail Nymphs (#16-#22)

Deer Hair Ant (#12,#16)

Foam Beetle (#14)

PMX (#16)

Para. Cricket (#12)

Purple Rooster (#16-#18)

Para. Adams (#16-#22)

Winger BWO (#20-#24)

Wounded Sculpin (#8)

Woolly Buggers (#6-#10)

Platte River Spiders (#4,#6)

Confidant (#4)

Sculpzilla! (#8)