Winter Fishing Report Summary
TRADE IN YOUR SKI POLES FOR A FLY ROD THIS WINTER AND COME FISHING WITH TROUT TALES!
The holiday season is a great time to get out on the water. It is gorgeous on our local streams. Snow capped mountains, very low crowds and fish still feeding can make the peak winter months a fun time to go fish for a 1/2 day.
The peak winter months can be variable as far as fishing conditions go. Hatches really depend on weather with only a few bugs on the menu. Midges are the main course both subsurface and surface. Sow bugs, annelids, and other subsurface insects will work as well when the fish are on them. If you want to capitalize on the best days to hit the river contact us and we can look at the weather. We are generally looking for a change in temperature, a break in the storms or consistent sunshine.
The Provo River, both the lower and middle are really the only game in town and it is generally at their lowest flow of the season. The Provo empties of its crowds during this time of year and the solitude on the river can be worth the trip within itself. The river transforms this time of year and most of the most popular runs are empty and ready to be fished with low water techniques. Stalking picky risers with size 20, 22, 24 midges can be a blast for experienced anglers. We also love throwing very lightweight nymph rigs in the riffles and slow runs for some of those bigger, hunkered down fish - a great technique for all abilities to catch fish.
If you want to capitalize on the best winter fishing of the year, March is when it all begins to come together! Both the Lower Provo and Middle Provo start to come alive as the Rainbow Trout begin their spawn. We do not target spawning fish, but we do target the aggressive pre-spawn fish that are eager to fill their bellies before they get frisky. We consistently land some of the biggest trout of the year during March and April on both midges and Blue Wing Olives, both subsurface and dry. If you've never hit the river in the early spring, you're missing out. Low crowds and hungry fish make this time of year our favorite, hands down.
So....Put down your ski poles for a day this winter and give us a call. We would love to show you one of our favorite places to fish at the most peaceful time of year!