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.
We have exceptional water conditions! Normally, we should be in the peak of runoff, yet all of our rivers and streams are at perfect water levels now and fishing great. These are conditions that we don’t normally see until later in the Summer. Many years ago in the late 80’s an old experienced fly fisherman told me that fly fisherman love droughts. I didn’t understand it for some time but any fly fisherman that hasn’t learned that lesson has the opportunity to learn it first hand this year. Whereas Nearly all of our rivers in Utah are downstream of dams, the water temperature is constant and not as susceptible to unsafe warm water conditions like Montana experiences on a regular basis and especially during years with low snow pack.
Barring a few random fish taking bugs on the surface here and there, we have not seen much in the way of dry fly fishing the last week or so. But the nymph fishing has been incredible. With the water levels being very fishable and virtually no high water to speak of, river access is superb and crowds have been very minimal.
Our river samples have yielded a huge amount of mayfly nymphs and quite a number of caddis larva. This is a great sign of the awesome summer hatches that are coming our way in the next few weeks. Our top producing flies have been mayfly nymphs, caddis larva and sow bugs in that order.
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!