Our Utah fly fishing report offers a brief overview of what is happening on the Utah rivers and streams that we guide on and fish regularly including the Lower Provo, Middle Provo, Weber River, Green River and Small Streams. We aim to update the Utah fishing reports as conditions change and time permits. If you don’t see what you are looking for or the report is not as current as you would like, please give us a call at the shop or contact us us. We write the Utah fly fishing reports based on our experiences on the water, recent reports from guides and reports received from customers. Beyond this Utah based report on the major waters, we are always happy to update you with current conditions on many other Utah waters and fisheries in surrounding states.
Following are the latest reports from each destination. If you want to view previous fishing reports from each destination, you can click on the category name link or use the dropdown menu in the top navigation. You can also use the following links to each category: Lower Provo, Middle Provo, Weber River, Green River and Small Streams :
Middle Provo River
UPDATE: As of 10/1 the flows have decreased to 150 CFS
The Middle Provo has finally receded for the fall and winter flow. The pressure from both guides and public anglers has drastically decreased so its a bit easier to find good water. That being said, some of the other outfitters in town have a few more large groups going out this month so keep that in mind. Usually the bigger trips get to the water around 9 and are off by 1 o’clock.
Now that the flows are down keep an eye out for spawning fish. We are at the beginning of the brown trout spawn, and so far they haven’t really started digging, but bear in mind that redds will be forming over the coming weeks. Please do you best to avoid trampling the redds and fishing to spawning fish.
As autumn has arrived so have some new hatches. We love that when the foliage begins to move from green to orange, the caddis react similarly. The monster olive caddis from Septmeber have petered out and now fat orange October Caddis’ are beginning to pop up and skitter clumsily across the surface attempting to take flight. The trout generally find this action irresistible and will regularly take a swung or skittered caddis pattern. The October caddis is one of the larger insects in the Caddis family so don’t shy away from using size 12-14 patterns. We have also been noticing a good quantity of smaller olive and tan caddis laying their eggs on the water in the mornings and evenings. Having some X-Caddis patterns is a good idea.
In addition to the caddis hatches the autumnal Baetis or Blue Winged Olive (BWO) and midges are hatching with good consistency. The BWO’s hatching are typically very small-in the #22-#26 range. We have been having success fishing a tandem dry fly rig for these smaller bugs. A #18-#22 Parachute Adams trailed by an emerging midge or baetis has been proven fruitful.
If you are having trouble catching fish on the surface, the nymphing has been decent as well. Try using small #22-#26 midge patterns, #22-24 baetis patterns as well as caddis larvae and San Juan worms. When it comes to nymphing this time of year, think small and light weight-focusing attention on the seams and riffles. Once the fish really get busy egg patterns should produce as well. Keep in mind it is terrible juju to fish an egg on a redd or to target actively spawning fish. It is tempting, but for the health of the river please avoid this temptation. The angling community thanks you.
As if the fishing couldn’t get any more interesting, the streamer bite is ON! We have been having a blast stripping streamers all over the middle provo and have been putting some quality fish in the net as well. Best colors right now are white, ginger, gold and silver type streamers. However, based on what we have been seeing just about any color should illicit a response from an aggressive fish.
At the dam: 150 CFS
River Road: 131 CFS
Charleston: 135 CFS
October Caddis, Caddis, Baetis and Midges
- Baetis:(#20-26) Sparkle Dun, Comparadun, Harroups Last Chance Cripple, Parachute Adams, Hackle Stacker Dun, Juju Baetis emerger, Mole Fly
- Caddis:(#12-#18) October caddis patterns, Orange Stimi’s, Lawsons E-Z caddis, X-Caddis
- Midges:(#22-26) Muther Shucker, Morgans midge, Silvey’s midge, CDC midge, Trailing shuck midge, Mole Fly
- Baetis:(#22-#26) Barr’s emerger, Juju baetis, Juju emerger, RS2, WD-40’s, Passages Magic Fly
- Caddis:(#14-#20) Chartreuse larvae, birds nest, Translucent pupae, buckskin caddis, October Caddis pupae
- Midges:(#22-26) Bling midge (tan, brown and cream), Tailwater tiny, zebra midge, juju midge (grey, tan, blue and olive) Cardinal midge, disco midge, mayhem midge
- Other: (#16-#22) Burgundy San Juan worms, Brown San Juans, Ray Charles (Grey,Tan) Fire bead ray charles, Rainbow sow, agees sow
- Zonkers, white dungeon, Platte River spider, sculpzilla, thin mint bugger, slump buster
Best Time Of Day
9 AM – 6 PM The nymphing is consistent throughout the day, as is the streamer fishing. The dry fly fishing seems to pick up mid afternoon, but you should see some risers throughout the morning as well
Lower Provo River Fishing Report 10-5-2017
Lower Provo River
The flow on the lower provo river has dropped 300 cfs since September. With the cooler weather and class back in session, the tuber traffic has all but disappeared. Now that the flow is hovering below 200 cfs, the river has started to become choked with weeds-meaning nymphing and streamer fishing will be a bit more difficult or tedious. Our guides have been having success fishing sow bugs, midges and baetis patterns on an inline rig in areas with less vegetation. The streamer bite is decent, but difficult due to de-weeding your fly every couple casts. This time of year the Baetis or BWO hatch can be thick on the lower. Focus on feeding fish near the banks if you are using dries. A tandem rig with a more visible “point” fly trailed by a smaller emerger or nymph should produce fish in riffles.
As the season has truly switched from Summer to Fall, the brown trout are beginning to spawn. Please watch out for spawning fish digging redds. As common decency and good fishing etiquette require, please refrain from crossing over redds and fishing to actively spawning fish. That being said, egg patterns should start working when fishing riffles to the rainbows sitting behind the brown trout.
Baetis(BWO), Midges, Caddis
Nymphs: Size 18-22
Sow bugs, bling midge, disco midge, juju midge, bwo barr emerger, juju baetis, split case pmd, mayhem emerger, magic flies, birds nests, caddis pupae and san juan worms
Dry flies: Size 16-26
PMDs: CDC biot comparadun, last chance cripple, sparkle dun, hackle dun, BWO winger
Caddis: Olive/tan body elk hair caddis, ez caddis, x-caddis, Orange bodied October caddis
Streamers : Size 4-12
Zonker, wooly bugger, sculpzilla, sparkle minnow, baby sex-dungeon, slump buster,
Best Time Of Day
9 AM – 12 AM
3 PM – 7 PM
Weber River Fishing Report 8-1-2017
The Weber river below Rockport is somewhat of a question mark right now. It is currently flowing at 80 cfs, which is a scary low flow if it stays that way all summer. It is fishing decent with terrestrials and streamers, but we urge you to be careful here as the trout become fragile with water levels decreasing and water temperatures increasing. If you do fish here make sure to handle them properly and fight them quickly. There hasn’t been much hatch activity on the Weber this summer. The usual evening caddis hatches have been slightly week and there haven’t been many reports of people doing well with PMD nymphs, sow bugs, or caddis larva. There are hypothesis that most of the bio-mass was swept down to Echo reservoir during the high flows this spring. If you do decide to head there please be conscious of the fisheries health. Fishing in the early mornings and late evenings can be a solution for this issue.
As these flows may change in the near future, come on into the shop or give us a call for the most updated report.
Terrestrials (Ants, Hoppers)
Fishing the banks with terrestrials or streamers.
Dries: Size 14-18
Glitter Ant, Amy’s Ant, Baby Boy Hopper, Chubby Chernobyl, Fat Albert\
Streamers: Size 4-10
Sex Dungeon, Sparkle Minnow, Wooly Buggers
Best Time Of Day
Early in the morning and late evenings. PLEASE TRY TO STAY OFF THE RIVER MID-DAY
Green River Fishing Report 10-20-2017
Green River Below Flaming Gorge Dam
The fishing on the Green river has changed up considerably. The late summer terrestrial fishing has taken a dive due to the colder weather settling in. We are still seeing some fish come to smaller beetles, crickets and ants, but the terrestrial fishing has not been super productive. Try smaller Chernobyl ants, hippy stomper’s, para crickets etc in that 14-16 size range. If matching the hatch is your preferred technique plan on fishing Blue Wing Olives and midges size 20-26. The fish eating bwo and midges are typically podded up in specific places on the river. Targeting those pods will yield your best success with the smaller dries. Nymphing has produced some fish for our guides, but it has been slow at best. If nymphing try using small midge and baetis patterns as well as worms, scuds and sows.
While the nymphing and Dry fly fishing has slowed down some, other techniques have been producing some amazing fish. The Streamer bite is ON and our guides have been seeing serious success stripping streamers throughout the day. Decent numbers to the boat, but the best part is that in addition to good numbers, some excellent fish have been seeing the inside of our nets as well. This is a great time to get out on the river with a 6 or 7wt rod slinging streamers. If you want to catch the fish of your lifetime, now is a good bet.
Good to Excellent
Best Time Of Day
9 am till Dusk
Small Streams Fishing Report 10-5-2017
Area Small Streams
Utah’s many small streams are fishing excellent right now. We are still seeing some terrestrial action in streams of lower elevation, but anticipate that the end of the terrestrial bite is close. All we need in a few more chilly nights and most of the hoppers will be finished. Beetles, Ants and Crickets will still produce fish on the colder days, but plan on trying to match the hatch. We have recently seen plenty of nice fish caught on BWO’s and midges. The streamer fishing can be excellent on the smaller streams this time of year as well. A personal favorite is a White Slump Buster. That fly hunts!
If You aren’t seeing action on the surface don’t give up, as long as you can get a good drift with your bug, fish will likely respond. As far as nymphing goes, try a shallow water rig using midges, baetis and caddis.
For up to date stream flows you can check out http://data.cuwcd.com/data/reservoirs/index.htm or https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ut/nwis/current/?type=flow&group_key=basin_cd
Terrestrials(for a bit longer)
Midges, Baetis(BWO) Caddis
Single dry fly or dry dropper rigs
Best Time Of Day
10 AM to 6 PM