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.
This past weekend marked a bit of a turning point in the continued transition from actively feeding trout taking advantage of predictable hatches of aquatic food, to the larger more mature fish beginning to hunker down into pre-spawning behavior. The distinct differences in river conditions, fish behavior and insect availability between each individual section of the river always reminds me of the fact that a river is a living, breathing, changing ecosystem. Im also constantly reminded that mother nature does not stick to a rigid time schedule no matter how much, us human fly fishermen want to believe that she will.
Though the fish feeding on them are some of the smaller, less mature fish in the river, small mayflies and a few midges are still hatching most days. For the angler less interested in fish size, dry fly fishing is yielding good results without much difficulty.
In the holes that house fat rainbow’s, nymph fishermen are catching plenty of fat hungry rainbow trout that are grouped together and competing for food in an effort to fatten themselves up for winter.
Brown trout make up the bulk of the fish population in the Provo River system and the largest of them are settling into either a spawn or a pre-spawn behavior. On days of in-climate weather, their activity has been greater and extremely aggressive. This territorial behavior continues to provide great streamer fishing for the anglers that enjoy casting these large and colorful flies to big fish.
Some of the brown trout have already began settling into their reproductive routines and have started cleaning gravel beds that will soon become the nests for their eggs. We expect to see increasingly more browns transition into this spawning behavior as the month progresses.
For anglers that enjoy fishing this time of year, it is very important to avoid walking in areas of clean gravel so as not to crush the eggs that will later become our treasured resource.
There are many flies that are producing lots of fish for us and the list of best flies include streamers, mayfly nymphs, mayfly dries, midge larva, midge pupae, and glow bugs.
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!