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.
The fishing as of late has been excellent, and we expect that to continue for a good period of time. The water levels of the Provo River have normalized at their typical summer flows, making for wonderful fishing conditions all around. At these levels, fish can often be found in seams, around natural structure, and in softer water.
This time of the year provides ample opportunities for both dry fly fishing and nymphing. We have been seeing PMD hatches typically taking place midday, but also into some evenings and mornings. Caddis continue to hatch in the evenings, offering up some incredible dry fly fishing. Nymphing continues to produce excellent results, especially when an active hatch is not taking place. Terrestrial patterns are also a must-have during this time of year, and are typically most productive when fished along the banks on windy days.
With various hatches taking place daily, it is important to show up to the river prepared with flies imitating multiple insects at all stages of their lifecycles. Our top flies at the moment are PMD dries/emergers/nymphs, caddis dries/emergers/pupa/larva, ants, beetles, hoppers and sowbugs.
If one is looking to get away from the Provo, other local streams, lakes and reservoirs continue to fish extremely well with a bit less pressure. Terrestrials, stimulators (plus other attractor patterns), and yellow stoneflies will typically provide good results at most fisheries in the high Uintas and Uinta basin.
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!