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 Provo River is in a transitional time. For those fisherman who are adapting to the changes, the fishing is excellent. But for the angler that shows up wanting to do the same thing they were doing last month with the same result, frustration and disappointment can set in quickly. Transition isn’t necessarily bad, it is just change… part of the natural cycle. For the most part, the major predictable aquatic insects hatches of summer are behind us. On the Lower Provo River, summer moss growth is peaking, creating a wealth of food availability for the fish. There are still some sporadic dry fly hatches from time to time but these are isolated and not predictable. The middle section of the Provo River does not experience as much moss growth as the lower, below Deer Creek Dam.
Some anglers may have noticed that doing the same thing as before is producing smaller trout on average. The large trout have not gone away, rather they are undergoing hormone changes due to the upcoming spawn. With a few changes in our approach, catching the largest fish in the river becomes more likely this time of year. The brown trout will be depositing eggs in gravel beds in November, but the pre-spawn aggression has already commenced. The males are becoming extremely territorial and aggressive and streamer fishing is a fantastic way to capitalize on this.
There are a number of flies that are working well for us including midge larva and pupa, mayfly nymphs, small emergers, shrimp, sow bugs and definitely streamers.
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