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.
Wow… The fly fishing on the Provo River has finally turned on. The lovely weather that we were blessed with throughout January and February was delightful for those who don’t like being cold, but definitely suppressed the insect hatches that early season Provo River fly fisherman look forward to. The midges have decided that its time to start hatching and the blue winged olive nymphs are accumulating under the water and preparing for hatch as well. A few BWO’s are hatching sporadically but the best is yet to come.
Over the course of the last month we have visited the river multiple times per week in anticipation… sampling the river daily and testing the fishes willingness to take a fly. Apparently the fish and the bugs were getting as antsy as we were, because the insects are active and the fish are eating them.
During the pre-hatch periods, we have been catching most of our fish on small midge larva and pupa patterns as well as small mayfly nymphs. Daily hatches have been good but sporadic and unpredictable. During the course of a day, we’ve seen the hatch start and stop many times, almost like someone is turning a switch on and off. The fishing is good subsurface with nymphs and all of a sudden the fish start rising all around to emergers and dry flies. After landing a few fish on top using dry flies and emergers, they all seem to turn off, and back to nymphing we go. This pattern repeats itself a few times over the course of the day.
Fly patterns we have done well with include a variety of mayfly nymphs, size 18 midge crossover nymphs in color ranges from black, olive and gray, mayfly and midge emerger patterns and a few bwo dry flies.
The BWO and midge hatches of March and April are by far, one of our favorite times to fish the Provo River. Crowds are minimal, water level and clarity is superb and fish are feeding…
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!