Midges have been productive in the morning, but the fishing seems to really pick up around 11:00AM as the Blue Wing Olives begin their emergence. Nymphing has been the name of the game in the early hours of the day and will continue to produce throughout the hatch. Dry fly fishing has been the ticket on the Middle Provo River as of late. Buffalo midges and BWO's both cripple, mergers and adults have all the trout looking towards the surface. The Lower Provo River has been on fire. The early mornings have remained cold, but the midge hatches have the trout feeding throughout the first hours of the day. As the sun peaks over the ridge line the Blue Wing Olives begin their emergence around mid morning into the early afternoon. Nymphing has been he name of the game until the trout start to look towards the surface. Switch to a dry fly and try your hand to one of the many rising brown and rainbow trout you will see.
PSA: Keep in mind the Rainbow Trout are spawning on the Lower Provo. There are redds everywhere. Avoid stepping on them and do all of us a favor and don't fish to spawning fish. We want healthy populations into the future.
MIDDLE PROVO RIVER:
The Middle Provo River is one of Utah's premiere fly fishing rivers. Located only 20 minutes from Park City the "Middle" is known for its healthy population of wild Brown Trout. The Middle Provo is characterized by deep bends, shallow riffles, structured runs and smooth glides. Our fly fishing guides use all fly fishing techniques to catch fish here, including: Nymphing, dry fly fishing, dry-dropper and streamer fishing.
Water level: 145 CFS.
NYMPHS-POINT FLIES- San Juan Worms brown, red. Size 18, 16. Sow Bugs size 16, 18, 20. Eggs chartreuse, orange, peach size 14, 16, 18.
NYMPHS- DROPPER FLIES- Blue Wing Olive Mayflies size 18,20,22. Midge emergers black, brown, olive size 22, 20. Midge larva gray, black, red size 20, 18, 16.
DRY FLIES- Midges- black, olive, gray size 26, 24, 22. Buffalo Midges 16, 18
STREAMERS- Zonkers size 10, 8, 6 white, natural brown. Woolly buggers size 10, 8 black,olive,brown.
LOWER PROVO RIVER:
The Lower Provo River is a tailwater that originates from the bottom of Deer Creek Dam. The Lower Provo is one our closest big fish fisheries with many of the Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout exceeding 18 inches and 3 pounds. The stream boasts large populations of wild Rainbow and Brown Trout with numbers beyond 3,500 in the first few miles below the dam. The "Low-Pro" as it is sometimes called has a vegetated stream bottom with far less boulders and structure than the middle. It almost resembles an Idaho or Montana spring creek in its behavior. The Lower Provo is home to large populations of mayflies and sow bugs which allow the resident trout to grow quickly and respond well to the fly.
Water Level/Flow: 100 CFS
NYMPHS-POINT FLIES- Sow bugs size 20, 18, 16, 14. Eggs- size 16, 18, 20 orange, peach, chartreuse. Caddis larva size.18, 20 olive, green. San Juan worms brown,red size 18,16.
NYMPHS- DROPPER FLIES- Blue Wing Olive Mayflies 18, 20, 22. Midges black,brown,olive,cream,grey size 22, 20. Micro scuds size 22, 20 grey,orange.
DRY FLIES- Blue Wing Olive Mayflies sz,18, 20, 22. Midges- black, olive, cream size 22,20.
STREAMERS- Zonkers size 10, 8, 6 white, natural brown. Woolly buggers size 10, 8 black, olive, brown.
The Weber River has three sections - The Upper Weber, Middle Weber and Lower Weber. Park City Trout Tales focuses primarily on the Middle Weber River section in between the towns of Warship and Coalville. The Middle Weber River is a tailwater fishery originating from Rockport Reservoir near Wanship, Utah. The characteristics of the Weber are a blend of the both the Middle and Lower Provo. The Weber has super deep pools and bends, undercut banks, long shallow riffles, overhanging trees and bulbous structure. All of these structural characteristics make the Weber River a haven for large Brown Trout. The average fish size on the Weber tends to be bigger than the on the Provo River and the Brown Trout are sandy colored and generally have less spots. Historically a very productive Cutthroat Trout fishery, a few "Cutties" still lurk between the Browns, Rainbows and Whitefish.
Water Level: 28 CFS.
NYMPHS-POINT FLIES- Bead head caddis olive,brown size 16, 14. Sow bugs size 18, 16, 14 .San Juan worms brown,red size 16, 14 .
NYMPHS-DROPPER FLIES- Blue Wing Olive Mayflies sz, 18, 20, 22. Midge larva black,brown,purple,blue and red. size 18, 20, 22.
DRY FLIES- Blue Wing Olive Mayflies sz, 18, 20, 22. Midges black,olive, cream size 22, 20. Comparaduns, Harrop CDC Flies, Smokejumper Baetis, Morgans Midge, Skittering midge.
STREAMERS- Zonkers size 10, 8, 6 white, natural brown. Woolly buggers size 10, 8 black, olive, brown. Use small streamers this time of year when water temperatures are low.