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 fish are eating on the Provo River and fly fishermen who are willing to get out in the cooler weather are catching them. Things have changed enough in the last week to warrant another update to our fly fishing report. We have fished a great deal of time the past week and have collected a number of insect samples from the river. The amount of food in the water right now is remarkable. We have collected many different mayfly nymphs, midge larva and pupa in a variety of different colors and sizes, midge emergers and adults, aquatic worms, sow bugs and shrimp. The bulk of the fish we have caught have been on midges, primarily in sizes 18 and 20. Most of the fish are still fairly grouped up in slightly slower water near the main current and in the slower deeper pools.
We have not been able to set our clock to the hatches as they are not at all predictable. The key really seems to be the weather. We have avoided windy days but in general, whenever the wind is not blowing and the water is calm, the insects begin to move and the fish respond. On some days, the hatch starts and stops many times throughout the daylight hours.
When the hatch begins and the insects start moving, the dry fly fishing has been outstanding. When the fish are not rising we instantly switch over to midge larva and pupa, fishing them slow and deep. We have experienced a lot of time lately when a few random fish are rising but there is not enough food on the surface to bring the masses up to eat. During these times we are fishing a midge dry with a midge pupa behind it at mid depth. This tactic has yielded a plethora of fish for us the last few days and the key seems to be that the lower fly is at mid depth, not too low.
Historically, the next 6-8 weeks are the some of the most prolific feeding weeks of the entire winter on the Provo River and based on what we have seen the past week this year will be no different.
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