Nowhere else have I had large fish rise to dries and seemingly kiss them, actually pushing them out of the water without ever opening their mouths, only to refuse the offering. Like all fishing destinations, the Provo River can be very kind to anglers at times and relentlessly cruel at others.
Most of our major hatches that we have dealt with throughout the summer and early fall have been completed on the Provo river system.
Now we are in a transitional time here on the Provo river. Don not worry, there are many exciting things happening. The Browns are in an aggressive territorial pre-spawn mode. This creates a great opportunity to fish streamers and attractor nymphs because of this behavior. Right now the fishing is good and the crowds are down.
Midge hatches are happening almost everyday. They are hatching in areas with calmer slower waters, deeper pools, and also the edges of pools. These Midges hatch sporadically throughout the day. This hatch is great for those who want to fish for selective or feeding fish on small dry flies. Midge pupa, larvae, and midge adults are all working and are very common for this time of year. This hatch is a pre-winter treat.
Blue Wing Olives are also hatching now. This hatch is a smaller variety than the population we see in the spring. During the spring, the Blue Wing Olive hatches are much larger and more predictable. Even thought the Blue Wing Olive hatches happening now are unpredictable, I have gone to the river many times this week and I have have seen them hatching.
Between the Midges and Blue Wing Olives, we have good Nymph, Emerger, and Dry Fly activity.
The locals have been fishing a Nymph that represents a Midge or Blue Wing Olive. They fish them in tandem with an attractor fly such as a worm or glow bug.
The Middle section of the river is clear because the Jordanelle reservoir does not turn over.
The Lower Provo river below Deer Creek Reservoir is a little off color because the lake has turned over. There are no crowds in this section.
The closer you get to Deer Creek dam, you will encounter more moss and the river will become more off color.
The fishing is very similar in both locations.
When you fish your fly line, it will pick up dirt and pollen and consequently, it will not float as high or shoot well. If your line is not performing as well as it used to, bring your reel in anytime. We will gladly put your reel on our line cleaning machine where we will clean, rinse, dry and recondition your fly line. We do several per day for our customers. It takes about five minutes, while you wait. Your fly line will perform better, last longer, and the price is right… Free!