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Utah Fly Fishing Report

Jun 12, 2018
By: Mikey Barrus

This fly fishing report is provided by Mikey Barrus, from Mend Fly Fishing. Remember to keep it reel!

JUNE 8, 2018

Middle Provo

The flows have bumped up the last little bit and are currently at 636 CFS below Jordanelle. This is a pretty fast flow, so if you head out there, be super cautious of where you’re stepping and don’t try to cross the river. The higher flows push the fish closer to the edge of the river, so focus on the banks. Fishing has been best from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nymphing has still been good with these flows. Streamers too. You might see a few fish rising in some of the back eddies or calmer water, so you could throw a dry fly to them. There are caddis, midges, and a few leftover BWOs. The PMDs are trying to make an appearance, so be prepared with some PMD patterns.

Flows

Flows are currently at 636 CFS below Charleston and are at 589 CFS at Charleston. These are high flows but the fishing is still good.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO Cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgan’s Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith’s Gnats size 18-24
  • BWO Nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sowbugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18
  • Elk Hair Caddis (dark brown/grey) size 14-18
  • PMDs size 16-18
  • PMD split case nymphs size 16-18
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Lower Provo

The Lower has also bumped up in flows, but is not as high as the Middle Provo. The flows are currently at 576 CFS. This is still very fishable and the Lower is fishing well, especially with nymphs such as Midges, PMDs and Sowbugs. There are some PMDs hatching, so keep your eyes peeled for trout rising for those. Fishing has been best from around 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Flows

Flows are currently at 576 CFS — a bit high, but definitely fishable.

Flies

  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgan’s Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith’s Gnats size 18-24
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sowbugs size 18-22
  • PMDs size 16-18
  • PMD split case nymphs size 16-18
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Weber River

The Weber River has gone up a little bit, but is still at a very fishable flow at 175 CFS below Rockport. There are some caddis out in the evenings and some PMDs out mid-day on warmer sunny days. Sowbugs are always a solid option for the Weber, and midges, PMDs and cased caddis nymph flies are all working pretty well.

Flows

Currently the flows are sitting at 175 CFS. This is a great flow, but it could go up a bit, so double-check it before you go out there.

Flies

  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sowbugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18
  • Elk Hair Caddis (dark brown/grey) size 14-18

Green River

The Green River has been fishing pretty well. There are a lot of bugs starting to appear on the river. Terrestrials such as crickets, ants and grasshoppers are becoming more prolific. There are still cicadas around and the fish will still eat them in some back eddies and pocket water. Caddis and PMDs are also starting to get goin’ a bit more, so be prepared with lots of options if you head up to the Green. The flows have finally settled and should stay at their current flow of 2015 CFS for the summertime.

Flows

Currently at 2015 CFS and should remain at that flow for a while.

Flies

  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgan’s Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith’s Gnats size 18-24
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18
  • Elk Hair Caddis size 14-18
  • PMDs size 16-18
  • PMD split case nymphs size 16-18
  • Terrestrials size 10-16
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Keep it reel! Mike Barrus

MAY 25, 2018

Middle Provo

The river has bumped up a bit and the higher water is in effect, but it is still fishable and fishing well. The late mornings into late afternoon has been the best time of the day to hit the river — that is when you're going to encounter the most bug activity. If it's overcast, you are still going to see some midges and BWOs and if it's sunny, there will be some caddis and skwala stoneflies around. With this higher water, the nymphing will produce more consistently than dry flies, but don't hesitate to fish some dries if you see fish up. Also with the higher water, the fish are going to be closer towards the banks of the river, so focus on those areas and you should have some success.

Flows

The water has risen up to 310 CFS as of today. It's still wadable, but just be cautious and careful with the swifter water.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO Cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgans Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith’s Gnats size 18-24
  • BWO Nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sowbugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18
  • Elk Hair Caddis (dark brown/grey) size 14-18
  • Skwala Stonefly Nymph size 12-14
  • Stimulator (orange) size 12-14
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Lower Provo

The Lower is fishing pretty well right now and is very similar to the Middle Provo as far as hatches go. Keep in mind that the flows have gone up quite a bit and the river is moving pretty swift, so you'll have to be choosy with where you can access the water and fish.There are plenty of midges and BWOs out and about and its been best from 11am-4pm. If there aren't any noses up, then throw on a Sowbug or a Midge and hook up with some fish below the surface. Streamers are always a good option and will continue to work well as the water rises due to the runoff.

Flows

The Lower Provo is flowing at around 525 CFS. This is a pretty high flow, but it’s still fishable. Just be careful out there.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO Cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgans Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith's Gnats size 18-24
  • BWO Nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sowbugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18
  • Elk Hair Caddis (dark brown/grey) size 14-18
  • Skwala Stonefly Nymph size 12-14
  • Stimulator (orange) size 12-14
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Weber River

The flows on the Weeb have bumped up a bit, but it is still ok to fish. As for the hatches go, there are still Mother’s Day Caddis out and about, but it's hit or miss. They haven't been too consistent as of late. If you're out and don't see any Caddis or fish rising, then nymphing is still a great option and will produce fish, as well as streamers.

Flows

The flows are sitting at 171 CFS as of today, it’s a bit swift, but fishable.

Flies

  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sowbugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18
  • Elk Hair Caddis (dark brown/grey) size 14-18

Green River

The flows have jumped up to 4800 CFS and will continue to be at that flow for around 2 weeks. Don't fret though! This is still a great flow for the river and you should still be able to get some fish to come up for some dries. There are still cicadas around and the fish are willing to come up for them, so make sure you have a few on hand. Terrestrials, such as ants, crickets, beetles, and hoppers have also been working and these bigger flies work great for a dry dropper rig. There are also still some BWOs around. Fishing with these bigger bugs is what makes the Green such an amazing river to fly fish, so take advantage of this time if you can.

Flows

4800 CFS. This makes wade fishing a bit more difficult, but the trail is still accessible.

Flies

  • Cicadas size 8-10
  • Crickets size 10-14
  • Ants size 8-16
  • Hoppers size 8-14
  • Beatles size 12-18
  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgans Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith’s Gnats size 18-24
  • BWO Nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sowbugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18

Keep it reel!

Mike Barrus

MAY 4, 2018

Game on, everyone! Fishing season is back! This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year to get out and do some fishing. The trout are anxious and fresh and ready to start eating some bigger bugs again. It is also iceoff season and many lakes are starting to thaw out. With that being said, the fish tend to hangout closer to the banks to key in on some smaller fish and bugs in all the vegetation. This is the time when you can catch bigger fish in lakes, due to them hanging out closer to you. So if you want to try something new or target some bigger fish, this is a good way to go.

One thing of importance:It’s spawning season for the rainbow trout, so please be cautious of spawning beds when wading and do not target spawning fish. That is bad mojo and really frowned upon. If you’re not sure what a spawning bed or (redd) looks like, it’s a bright gravel spot. One can also be spotted when the river bottom is lighter in color. Look it up if you need to. Steer clear of these. Respect the fish and their business and they will in turn reward you. (I'm a believer in fish karma.) Now onto the surrounding rivers:

Middle Provo

Fishing on the Middle Provo is getting better all the time! More and more bugs are appearing on our local streams and fishing is awesome right now! Midges are still producing along with BWOs, especially on cloudy days. Skwala stoneflies are starting to make appearances as well and they are really the first of the big bugs on the water, so make sure you have a few of these patterns on you with both dry flies and nymphs. We should also start to see the infamous Mother’s Day Caddis hatch, so you’re also going to want to have a few caddis on hand just in case you time the hatch right. Fishing has still been best from around 11-4 and nymphs, dries, and streamers have all been working well.

Flows

The water has started to rise a bit due to runoff season, but it’s currently at 325 CFS. This is a good flow and you should still be able to access plenty of spots.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO Cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgan’s Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith’s Gnats size 18-24
  • BWO Nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sowbugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18
  • Elk Hair Caddis (dark brown/grey) size 14-18
  • Skwala Stonefly Nymph size 12-14
  • Stimulator (orange) size 12-14
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Lower Provo

The Lower is fishing really well right now (especially from 11am to 4pm) and is very similar to the Middle Provo as far as hatches go. There are plenty of midges and BWOs out and about. If there aren't any noses up, then throw on a Sowbug or a Midge and hook up with some fish below the surface. Streamers are always a good option and will continue to work well as the water rises due to the runoff.

Flows

Currently the flows are at 266 CFS on the Lower Provo. This is a good flow and will allow for access to most spots on the river.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO Cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgan’s Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith’s Gnats size 18-24
  • BWO Nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sowbugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18
  • Elk Hair Caddis (dark brown/grey) size 14-18
  • Skwala Stonefly Nymph size 12-14
  • Stimulator (orange) size 12-14
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Weber River

The flows on the Weber are really low and currently not recommended to fish. These low flows puts a lot of strain on the fish and targeting fish in these lower flows is bad mojo. Let them be during these lower flows.

Flows

The Weber is currently flowing at 22 CFS, which is super low. Wait until these flows go up a bit before fishing it.

Green River

Cicada sightings!!! There have been more and more cicadas appearing on the Green and if the weather continues to get hotter, then they should start hatching more prolifically. This is one of the hatches that the Green River is known for so be ready with a few of these giant bugs in your box. Aside from that awesome news, the Green River is fishing well right now and the trout are up and chowing down BWOs and Midges. Now is a great time to get up there and take advantage before the flows get too crazy. Nymphing and streamer fishing have been solid as well. You can’t really go wrong up on the Green right now.

Flows

The flows between 9am and 5pm have been sitting at around 1700-1900 CFS, which is a great flow, but they are dropping them and raising them sporadically between night and early morning, so be cautious of that.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgan’s Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith’s Gnats size 18-24
  • BWO Nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sowbugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18
  • Cicadas size 8-10
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Keep it reel!

Mike Barrus

APRIL 13, 2018

Game on, everyone! Fishing season is back! This is definitely one of my favorite times of the year to get out and do some fishing. The trout are anxious and fresh and ready to start eating some bigger bugs again. It is also iceoff season and many lakes are starting to thaw out. With that being said, the fish tend to hangout closer to the banks to key in on some smaller fish and bugs in all the vegetation. This is the time when you can catch bigger fish in lakes, due to them hanging out closer to you. So if you want to try something new or target some bigger fish, this is a good way to go.

One thing of importance:

It’s spawning season for the rainbow trout, so please be cautious of spawning beds when wading and do not target spawning fish. That is bad mojo and really frowned upon. If you’re not sure what a spawning bed or (redd) looks like, it’s a bright gravel spot. One can also be spotted when the river bottom is lighter in color. Look it up if you need to. Steer clear of these. Respect the fish and their business and they will in turn reward you. (I'm a believer in fish karma.) Now onto the surrounding rivers:

Middle Provo

Fishing is off to a great start and is only going to get better and better as it starts to warm up. There has been a plentiful midge hatch going on most days and we will start to encounter more and more blue-winged olives as well. Both of these are the main focus of fish right now, and the hatches seem to go off anywhere from 10:30am to 4pm. If you don't see any fish rising, then try and get them subsurface on a nymph such as a Midge, Sowbug, Pheasant Tail, or other baetis patterns. This is also a great time to fish streamers. The water and weather is now warmer, which makes fish not as weary to chase down a streamer. Typically, I stick to the rule of thumb: Brighter days fish a brighter streamer and darker overcast days fish a darker colored streamer.

Flows

Flows are sitting at 145 CFS as of today, which is solid for wading and fishing alike.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO Cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgans Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith’s Gnat size 18-24
  • BWO Nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sowbugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Lower Provo

The Lower is fishing really well right now (especially from 11am to 4pm) and is very similar to the Middle Provo as far as hatches go. There are plenty of midges and BWOs out and about. If there aren't any noses up, then throw on a Sowbug or a Midge and hook up with some fish below the surface. Streamers are always a good option as well if that's your thing or want to try it out.

Flows

The Lower is currently flowing at 290 CFS. This is a good flow and you should be able to access most spots on the river.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgans Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith’s Gnat size 18-24
  • BWO Nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sow Bugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-20
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Weber River

The Weeb is fishing well, but the hatches have been a bit sporadic. They should get better however, as the weather warms up and is a bit more stable. All of the surrounding streams are pretty much on the same page right now with the hatches. There are Midges and BWOs, but as I mentioned above, they are hit or miss. The Weber is pretty notorious for the sow bugs that are in the river, so when in doubt, tie one on and you should find some willing trout or maybe even a whitefish if you’re lucky. Streamers are a good option to chuck out there as well.

Flows

The Weber is sitting around 90 CFS below Rockport Reservoir. Below Echo is still very low and not fishable, so stay away from that section.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgans Midge size 20-26
  • Griffiths gnats size 18-24
  • BWO nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling midge size 20-22
  • Sow Bugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-20
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Green River

The mighty Green River is fishing well right now and the trout are up and chowing down BWOs and Midges. Now is a great time to get up there and take advantage before the flows get too crazy. Nymphing and streamer fishing have been solid as well. You can't really go wrong up on the Green right now.

Flows

The flows between 9am and 5pm have been sitting at around 1700-1900 CFS which is a great flow, but they are dropping them and raising them sporadically between night and early morning, so just be cautious of that.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO Cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgans Midge size 20-26
  • Griffith’s Gnat size 18-24
  • BWO Nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling Midge size 20-22
  • Sow Bugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-18
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

NOV 22, 2017

Spawning season is coming to an end, but there will still be a few late spawners and plenty of spawning beds. Please be cautious of these when wading and don’t target spawning fish. That is bad mojo and really frowned upon. You can spot spawning beds (or redds) when you see a bright gravel spot or when the river bottom is lighter in color. Steer clear of these. Respect the fish and their business and they will in turn reward you. (I'm a believer in fish karma.)

Middle Provo

Fishing is still going strong, so take advantage of the last few weeks of warmer weather that we've got. There are Blue Wing Olives still around and some midges, but soon the midges will basically be the only prolific hatch for the next few months until spring time starts rolling around. The best time to hit the river is during the peak of the day: 11am to 4pm. If there aren’t any noses up for BWO's or midges then don’t hesitate to nymph with some midges, frenchies, or pheasant tails. Midges will be the best bet as the temperatures cool down. Streamer fishing will be a good option as well, but the colder it gets, the less willing the trout are to chase one down and use their precious energy.

Flows

The flows on the Middle are around 150 cfs and will most likely remain that way for the next few months. There should be no problem accessing anywhere you want to get to.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgans Midge size 20-26
  • Griffiths gnats size 18-24
  • BWO nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling midge size 20-22
  • Sow Bugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-20
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Lower Provo

The Lower is fishing well and has dropped quite a bit. It is flowing at about 100 cfs, which will allow you to access anywhere you want to get to. The weeds are still around, but they have cleared up a bit in some parts of the river, so focus on those weedless patches if you find them and it will spare you some frustration. Similar to the Middle, there are Blue Wing Olives popping around 11:30 to 3ish, especially if it’s overcast, so be prepared with some of those in size 20-22 if you’re looking to throw dries. Streamers have also been productive if you can get away from the weeds, as well as nymphing with sow bugs, midges, and BWO nymphs. As it gets colder, nymphing with Midges and Sow Bugs will be your best bet to get a few fish.

Flows

Flows are currently around 100 cfs, which is super low for the Lower Provo, but you will be able to access practically anywhere that you want to get to.

Flies

  • The Green is fishing decent. There are some BWO's around and the midges will stick around for the rest of winter. Both of those will be good to fish for dries and nymphs. If streamers are your thing, you can still get some chasers on them. If fishing streamers on bright days, use a bright streamer and fish a dark streamer on darker days.

Weber River

The Weber below Rockport is finally up a bit from where it’s been for the past few months, and it’s fishing pretty solid with streamers and nymphs. There is a little bit of activity on top of the water for some smaller midges size 22-24, but streamers and nymphs have been producing well. Sow bugs are always a good option on the Weber when nymphing as well as midges, and you might be able to get away with a few on a pheasant tail. If fishing streamers, use a bright streamer on bright days and fish a dark streamer on darker days.

Flows

The flows are sitting at 130 cfs below Rockport, which is a solid flow. If you are looking to fish below Echo, don’t — there is barely any water there right now.

Flies

  • Sow bugs size 18-20
  • Midges size 20-24
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

Green River

The Green is fishing decent. There are some BWO's around and the midges will stick around for the rest of winter. Both of those will be good to fish for dries and nymphs. If streamers are your thing, you can still get some chasers on them. If fishing streamers on bright days, use a bright streamer and fish a dark streamer on darker days.

Flows

The flows are sitting at about 2300 cfs. This may fluctuate a bit, so just make sure to check out the flows before you head out.

Flies

  • Sparkle Dun BWO size 20-22
  • Parachute Adams size 20-24
  • BWO cripple size 20-22
  • Mother Shucker size 20-26
  • Morgans Midge size 20-26
  • Griffiths gnats size 18-24
  • BWO nymphs size 20-22
  • Zebra Midge size 18-22
  • Bling midge size 20-22
  • Sow Bugs size 18-22
  • Caddis Nymph size 16-20
  • Streamers of various sizes and colors

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