Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing On The Provo River In Utah
The Provo River is one of the nation's best trout
streams. It is located near Salt Lake City Utah. It consist
of three separate sections - the Upper Section, Middle
Section and Lower Section. The Upper Section of the
Provo River begins in the Uinta Mountains and flows
down to the Jordanelle Reservoir. The Middle Section of
the Provo River lies between Joradanelle Dam and Deer
Creek Reservoir. This tailwater flows through Herber
Valley and is a great wild brown trout fishery. The Lower
Section of the Provo River flows from Deer Creek Dam
and is considered the best section by some anglers. It
contains mostly wild brown trout. Fly fishing the Provo
River at the right time can be excellent in either of these
All three sections contain plenty of trout. Although most
of the trout are probably brown trout, the river contains
some rainbows and cutthroat. There are as many as
3000 trout per mile is some section with twenty-five miles
of river that's accessible by the public. Fly fishing the
Provo River can be a wonderful fly fishing experience.
The upper section is a freestone stream that depends
on the snow pack in the Uinta Mountains for most of its
water. It's rather small and flows mostly through private
property. There's some access but it's limited. The trout
are mostly browns with some cutthroats.
As with any tailwater, the flows from the middle and lower
sections are controlled by the dams. Normally, the
middle section can be easily waded just about its entire
length. It has plenty of pull offs to park and access the
river. Trout are commonly caught up to and over twenty
inches. This section has rainbows, browns and
cutthroats. The stream meanders through a beautiful
valley of ranches and farms. This section is fairly close
to Herber City. Access is from the bridges and other
designated areas. There's a lot of private property in
this section of the river. The river in the middle and
lower section consist of some beautiful runs, riffles and
The Lower Provo can be accessed from Highway 189
from the mouth of Provo Canyon not far from Provo. It
has all three species and is considered the blue-ribbon
stretch by many with a lot of very large brown trout taken
regularly. The very scenic canyon also adds much to the
value of fishing this section. The lower section of the
Provo River flows into Utah Lake at Provo.
The Provo River has a great supply of aquatic insects,
crustaceans and marine species. There are plenty of
caddisflies, stoneflies and mayflies. During the colder
months of the year, midges are a prime food for the
trout. During the summer months, terrestrial insects
such as grasshoppers, ants and beetles make up part of
the trout's diet.
The Provo River has a reputation of being one of the
best western trout streams. Fly fishing Provo River is a
real treat. It has beautiful scenery and big trout, so make
sure you have a camera ready.
|Type of Stream
Two Tailwaters and Freestone
Species (depends on section)
Brown Trout (wild and stocked)
Rainbow Trout (wild and stocked)
Cutthroat Trout (native, wild and
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regulations which are subject to
change each year.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 & 12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Superb Five or Ultimate Six
For 5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
You can fish the river year-round.
The fishing can be good in the tailwaters
during the Winter since the water stays near
a constant temperature.
Springtime is an excellent time to fish the
Provo River but it can be high and off color
during the runoff.
Provo River Hatches and Trout Flies:
Our information on aquatic insects is based
on our stream samples of larvae and
nymphs, not guess work. We base fly
suggestions on imitating the most plentiful
and most available insects and other foods
at the particular time you are fishing. Unlike
the generic fly shop trout flies, we have
specific imitations of all the insects in the
Provo River and in all stages of life that are
applicable to fishing. If you want to fish
better, more realistic trout flies, have a
much higher degree of success, give us a
call. We not only will help you with
selections, you will learn why, after trying
Perfect Flies, 92% of the thousands of our
customers will use nothing else.
The hatches vary some depending on the
section of the river (freestone and tailwater)
but the insects listed below are plentiful
throughout most of the stream from its
headwaters to its lower section. During the
early season, before runoff, the main
hatches consist of Western March Browns
and Blue-winged Olives. The BWOs can
start as early as March but April usually is
the most consistent time for the hatch to
begin. There's also a Fall hatch of the
BWOs. It usually takes place from late
September and throughout most of the
month of October.
Of course, midges will work well anytime the
water is too cold for most other insects.
There's also plenty of small black winter
stoneflies that hatch in the early season,
even when there's snow on the ground.
Golden Stoneflies can hatch from May
through July. Some are usually caught up in
the runoff. LIttle Yellow Stoneflies are fairly
plentiful in some areas from June through
Scuds and sowbugs are present in some
sections of the Provo River. Trout eat
The first caddisflies to hatch are the Little
Black Caddis, called the Mothers Day
hatch in most places in the West. This
hatch starts in the lower section of the
river in late April and last about a month.
In late June and early July, there's plenty
of Spotted Sedges that begin to hatch.
These are the most plentiful of the
caddisflies and the different species hatch
throughout most of the Summer and Fall.
The next most important caddisfly hatch
are the Green Sedges. They hatch from
May through August, depending on the
species. Imitations of the Green Rock
Worms, or their larvae, work year-round.
In June, usually before the runoff ends,
Pale Morning Duns will start hatching.
This is usually a good hatch that last
There are a few Green Drakes that hatch
but the numbers are usually fairly low.
They hatch from about the middle of June
through the middle of August. There are
also some Flavs, or Small Western Green
Drakes, but the numbers of them are
In some areas of the fast water you will
find some Pink Ladies that hatch in late
August and September.
Late Summer, in August and September,
terrestrials will play an important role in
the trout's diet. Don't forget imitations of
grasshopper, ants and beetles.
Fly fishing the Provo River during the
Summer is good in the tailwater sections,
and freestone section except during the
hottest days of Summer..
The autumn season is an excellent time
for fly fishing the Provo River because its
brown trout spawn during the Fall.
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Headlines: The Provo is in good
shape in all sections. The water is
getting warmer each day and more
hatches are taking place. We
received some good reports from
this past week. The coming week
should be as good or better. Be
sure and check the Provo river
fishing report by clicking the link
above. It shows the levels, and
Map of Provo River
Fishing Report Headline Archive:
Click Here For the Current Provo River Fishing Report
10/13/15 Anglers are always complaining about this stream being crowded. Well, it isn't now
and it is a great time to fish it. Scuds are working good in the tailwaters. Don't forget brown
trout are in the pre-spawn mode. All three sections are fishing very good right now. Several
hatches are underway. Spotted Sedge caddis along with other hatches are taking place.
10/20/15 Stream levels need to be closely checked. There has been quite a bit of rain and
both the freestone and tailwater sections are running a little high. Rain is in the forecast
through Thursday of this week. Blue-winged Olives have been hatching good. There are still
areas where caddis are key insects during the late afternoon. For the latest information,
10/27/15 Stream levels are about the same as the last report. The weather is getting a little
colder. this is actually a good thing. Blue-winged olives and October Caddis continue to be
the top producing hatches in the freestone section and BWOs in the tailwaters. The Brown
Sculpin has been catching some big brown trout for our customers.
11/03/15 It is turning much colder than it has been this fall and there is snow in the forecast
for the next three days. Midges will again become one of the main sources of food for the
trout, especially those in the tailwater sections. The Brown Sculpin streamer continues to be
the best producing fly. Stream levels should be good for the next week.
11/10/15 The weather is getting colder and so is the water. That's changing the strategies
and flies you should be using this coming week. The Brown sculpin streamers should
continue to work good but the main flies you need to use are combination larva and pupa
midge imitations. Cream and Red midges are probably the most plentiful right now.
11/17/15 The weather is moderate for this time of the year. It will probably snow every day for
the rest of the week days but the weekend looks like it will be clear. We think the Brown
Sculpin streamer is the best fly option right now. Hatches are down to mostly Midges and Blue-
winged olives. Stream levels look good and shouldn't change much at all.
11/24/15 There is still a lot of snow in the forecast for the coming week, but that shouldn't
keep the die hard anglers off the water, just make it more interesting. The fish love the snow
and if it is moderately warm, the Blue-winged olive do as well. Midges should be the number
one choice of flies for this coming week.
12/01/15 The weather is cold and clear with a chance of snow Saturday and again next
Monday. The water levels are staying low and that's a good point. Easy wading and slow
water allows you the opportunity to fish the small midges in slow moving water where the trout
hold in cold temperatures. The water is in the mid forties in most sections of the Provo.
12/08/15 the Provo is in good shape with good stream levels. There is a lot of snow in the
forecast and getting around to all the access may be a bigger problem for some than
catching trout. We added Winter stoneflies to the list of flies as they have begin to hatch in
the freestone section and will be hatching in the tailwater soon. Midges are the most
important flies to use at this time.
12/22/15 It is going to be cold this coming week. There is a winter storm warning in effect
though Wednesday. Snow is in the forecast through Saturday, so the roads may be a
problem. If you brave the elements, we recommend fishing the lower tailwater using midges
and Winter stonefly nymphs. Streamers may also work well with all the cloud cover.
12/29/15 The weather has turned much colder but of course, that is normal. It has been
unseasonably warm. We recommend fishing the lower tailwater because our customers have
been catching plenty of trout on midges. Little winter stonefly nymphs have also produced
well. Snow should end tomorrow and you should see some clear days for a change.
01/05/16 As mentioned in the fly fishing report linked above, there is snow in the forecast
every day but the temperature is warmer. Blue-winged olives can hatch even on days when it
snows, so don't let that bother you. Just make sure you have snow tires and/or a 4 wheel
vehicle. The lowest tailwater should be the best option but check the flows.
01/12/16 There is little change on the Provo River during the winter. It is difficult to forget
about the air temperature and focus on catching trout that are in forty degree water but that
is the situation. Anglers have different methods of keeping their guides clear of ice but if you
dress right, fish near the dam, you should catch trout.
01/17/16 Look at it this way. One thing you don't have to worry about is a big crowd of
anglers. It is cold enough to keep most of the non avid guys aways. Fish close to either of the
two dams and you will find warmer water. Midges, fished in tandem with the larva the bottom
fly and pupa the top fly, is the best setup. Winter stoneflies are also good.
01/26/16 The rest of the week days will be clear of snow. The weather is just a little bit
warmer and the water temperature warmer near the dams, of course. Midges, both cream
and red, pupa and larva fishing in tandem, Winter stonefly nymphs and the White Belly
Sculpin streamer are the best flies to use right now.
02/02/16 It is going to be cold this coming week, but it is wintertime. The trout want know it
near as much as you. The water from the bottom discharges in the high thirties and the trout
are active enough to feed. They won't move very far to do it. You have to present the fly right
in front of their nose in the holes in teh bottom out of the fast current.
02/09/16 The lower tailwater is producing some nice trout for those who fish it using the right
flies and strategies. Midges, both red and cream, Winter stoneflies, and Black Flies are the
main insects to imitate. Fish the midge larva and pupa imitations in tandem. Fish the adult
midge imitations (dry flies) only when you see them on the surface.
02/23/16 The weather will continue to be good with highs in the forties this coming week. Fish
below the lower dam for the best results. The water is about 39 degrees, so fish the slow
water seams, not fast current. Midges and winter stoneflies are the two main aquatic insects
03/01/16 The discharges and stream levels are in good shape and the weather not bad for
the coming week. Midges, both creams and reds, and little Winter stoneflies are the main
insects to imitate. Scuds and sowbugs are also working good. Fish near the tailwater
discharges for the warmest water but fish slack water, not fast water.
03/08/16 The weather is continuing to be a little warmer than normal for this time of the
season. The warm air tends to melt snow, stain the water some and keep the water
temperature down. Midges, reds and creams, and winter stoneflies are still the most important
aquatic insects to imitate.
03/16/16 The warmer weather melted a lot of snow and stained the water as well as
continued to keep the water temperature down low but that's changing back to a more normal
wintertime pattern. There is a winter storm warning for the next three days and conditions will
be back to normal.
03/29/16 Both the tailwaters are producing a few trout for the brave anglers fishing them.
Both are producing low discharges and stream levels. Fish the slack current, not the fast
water or you're waisting you time. The water is still only in the high thirties to about forty
degrees. Trout won't hold in the faster moving current.
04/05/16 The weather is going to be a little warmer and make it a little easier on the anglers
fishing. It won't have any effect on the trout. Midges are still the main insects you will need to
be imitating. The water is cold, so keep the flies in the slower water, or slower side of the
current seams. The light Green midge larva and pupa are beginning to work.
04/12/16 The stream levels and discharges have been low for a good while, but there is a
chance of rain or snow in the forecast every day for the next week. That should help the
overall situation. Most of the ultra cold weather is over and we should begin to see some
major hatches take place in the near future.
04/19/16 The weather forecast for the coming week looks good, with the exception of today. It
is snowing today but then highs will reach the sixties later this week. That melts snow on the
banks and in the watershed and keeps the temperature of the water down. Blue-winged
olives and midges are hatching. Sculpin streamers have been catching trout for some of our
04/26/16 The tailwaters and upper river all all still running a little low. The water is remaining
in the low forties and Midges and Blue-winged olives continue to be about the only insects
hatching. There is snow forecast every day for the next week, that we think will mostly melt
and help the stream levels.
05/03/16 Most sections of the stream are running high and stained right now. It is getting
warmer and that will change a lot of things fast. Melting snow will keep the water temperature
down some but the warm days will eventually outdo it and new hatches will begin. Yes, I know
we have runoff to contend with.
05/10/16 here is still some cold spells and wet snows to go though but it is getting very close
to the time more insects begin to hatch and anglers start getting in on some dry fly action.
That is possible now, if you catch a midge or Blue-winged olive hatch just right.
05/17/16 The weather is a little lousy with lots of rain and snow coming this next week. It
doesn't seem to affect the tailwater sections very much. We had two customer reporting they
had the best day they have ever had on the water this past week. Stick with the basics, and
you will catch trout.
05/24/16 There is a lot of rain and snow in the forecast but the stream levels and discharges
are still low and providing good fly fishing conditions. You can wade most sections. Blue-
winged olives are hatching good and the cloud cover really helps that. It is a good time to fish
05/31/16 The discharges and stream levels are all in good shape and the weather is warming
up a lot. This will warm the water a little and hopefully, start several new hatches within the
near future. I will give it another week but when the temp goes over 50 for a day or two, it
changes the hatches big time. The Middle river produced some very nice trout last week.
06/07/16 The stream is in good shape in all sections of the river, including the middle Provo.
There are a lot of new hatches depending on the particular section and location. Stoneflies,
mayflies and caddis are emerging. The weather forecast looks good and hopefully, the river
will settle down into a good mode.
06/14/16 The river remain in good shape with good stream levels and low discharges in all
sections. There are good numbers of trout being caught by our customers and some on the
surface on dry flies. There are a lot of insects hatching and all around good fly fishing
06/20/16 If you see bugs crawling up your waders, that is little Short-horned sedges, or
caddisflies. Fish the pupa and adult imitations of them and you will catch trout. There are a lot
of insects hatching. Send us and email and we will send you a list of them. Anglers have
begin to catch trout in all sections of the river. Stream levels are good and most places safe
06/28/16 They increased the flows to flush out the middle river this past week. We didn't
receive any reports from anyone fishing. They have dropped the heavy discharges at least
for now. The stream levels are back down low in all sections of the river. There is rain in the
forecast everyday and this may bring about more discharges. You will just have to watch the
07/05/16 All sections of the Provo river are in good shape and our customers are reporting
some very good catches. The middle river is the most popular and producing the most trout
right now. There are a lot of insects hatching and many of the trout are being caught on the
surface on dry flies. This coming week should be very good as well.
07/12/16 The Provo is in good shape in all sections. The middle river is where most anglers
are fishing right now and it is doing good, but so are the other two sections. There are a lot of
insects hatching including some big stoneflies. There are several mayflies hatching but they
vary from section to section. Three species of caddisflies are hatching as well.
07/26/16 The Provo is one of the better streams to fish in the West right now. With
temperatures ranging mostly in the nineties, the Provo remains fairly cool. There are still a
lot of hatches taking place but they vary greatly with the section of water you fish. Most
anglers are fishing the middle Provo but all sections are producing trout.
08/02/16 The middle Prov has been offering wading anglers plenty of opportunity to wade
with average discharges and decent stream levels. The lower Provo has been tough to wade
most of the time. Discharges may increase some this coming week. There is a change of rain
everyday. Pale Morning duns are the most important insect right now.
08/09/16 The weather is nice with little to no rain in the forecast this coming week. The
stream levels and discharges have been a little on the high side lately. We are still
recommending the Middle Provo over the other sections but all of them are in decent shape.
We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week. Several insects are still
08/16/16 The discharges and stream levels in all sections are in good shape. There are still a
lot of insects hatching and terrestrials like our Carpenter ants, Japanese beetles and grass
hopper imitations are also working good. The weather is nice and should be cloudy most f the
time with a chance of rain everyday for the coming week. Conditions are about as good as
they can get.
08/23/16 The stream levels are up in all sections making wading difficult to not safe in many
sections of the river. There is little rain forecast for the coming week, so the levels will
probably reside some the coming few days. The weather is much cooler. Our customers are
catching some nice trout on the Olive and Black Matuka Sculpin fly patterns. There are still
plenty of hatches taking place.
08/30/16 Discharges from the two tailwaters and freestone stream levels have all been a little
high for the past week. Few reports from customers came in the past week. One reported a
few browns on early morning streamer fishing. There have been little to no wading
opportunities. Levels are likely to be high at leeast two or three more days.
09/06/16 The stream levels vary for section to section but all are in decent shape most of the
time. Wading is tough in some sections depending on the releases. There is no rain forecast
for the next week, so all levels will probably drop. The cooler weather will get the water
temperature down and help the overall condition of the river. Streamers, like our Brown
Sculpin, are working good early mornings.
09/13/16 The river has been flowing a little high in all sections recently. There is little rain in
the forecast for the coming week, so maybe the flows will be down soon. We didn't receive
any reports from anyone fishing this past week. We do know that there are still plenty of
caddisflies hatching along with some Little Yellow stoneflies. The cooler weather should kick
off the baetis BWO hatches.
09/20/16 The weather has turned much cooler and that has kicked off some new hatches.
Baetis Blue-winged olives are hatching along with Mahogany duns and October caddis. All
three sections are in good shape, although a little low. There is rain or snow in the forecast
almost every day this coming week. The cloud cover should really help.
09/27/16 The Provo is still flowing high in all sections but falling. There are chances of rain
for most days ahead and you still need to check the levels. The freestone and both tailwater
sections are high and not safe to wade. There are a lot of hatches going on but you will have
to fish from the banks most of the time. Hopefully, this will soon change.
10/03/16 The stream levels are down from the past week but still higher than normal and
tough to wade in places. Some sections are okay and can be waded. There are still plenty of
Blue-winged olives, Mahogany duns and October Caddis hatches taking place. We think the
levels will be back down to a normal level soon as there is little rain in the forecast.
10/10/16 the stream levels and discharges are up some in all sections, so make sure you
check them before traveling very far to fish. The October Caddis are still hatching strong and
Blue-winded olves, mostly baetis species, are also hatching good. Sculpin streamers will be a
good choice fly this week due to higher water and pre-spawn brown trout.
10/18/16 The stream levels are excellent in all sections of the river. Few anglers are fishing
but our customers that fished this past week did fairly well. Two of them caught some very
nice size brown trout. The Brown sculpin streamers will catch the pre-spawn brown trout and
many are near that stage. Blue-winged olives are hatching very good.
10/25/16 All three sections of the Provo are in good shape. Brown trout are in the pre-spawn
stage and taking our Brown and White Belly sculpin streamers very well. There are lots of
good Blue-winged olive hatches taking place. It is a very good time to fish the river. The
weather is going to be a little warmer this coming week.
11/01/16 The Middle and lower Provo section continue to be in good shape. Stream levels
are in decent shape in both sections. Blue-winged olives are hatching good. Midges are
beginning to become important as the water cools. Fish the larva and pupa in tandem with
the larva the bottom fly. Fish the adults only when you see midges on the surface.
11/08/16 The stream levels and discharges are staying in good shape. There isn't any rain or
snow in the forecast this coming week. Blue-winged olives are hatching. Brown trout are
mostly spawning or in the post-spawn stage. They will take the brown sculpin or Matuka
sculpin streamers readily.
11/15/16 Blue-winged olives are still hatching good. Midges, creams and reds, are also
hatching good. The weather is turning much colder this week and there is some snow in the
forecast. That may slow down the surface action some. Black and Olive Matuka sculpin
streamers continue to catch some larger trout for our customers.
11/22/16 Conditions in the middle and lower sections of the river are good. There have been
some very good post-spawn brown trout caught on our Brown sculpin. Midges and Blue-
winged olives are the main hatches. The stream levels and discharges are staying in good
shape allowing anglers the opportunity to wade. It is a good time to fish the river. There are
few anglers doing so.
11/29/16 Winter stoneflies are starting to hatch. This is a little early but the weather is very
cold and there will be lots of snow this week. Fish near the bottom discharges of either
tailwater. Midges, and Brown sculpin streamers should be the best best for flies but you might
try the Winter stonefly nymphs. Stream levels are in good shape.
12/06/16 Fish near the tailwaters for the best results. The discharges have a little warmer
water than other places. I wouldn't fish the freestone section. The water is too cold, in the mid
thirties. Midges, with the larva and pupa fished in tandem, is the best fly option. Winter
stonefly nymphs should work as well. Sculpin streamers should catch the larger trout. Fish
them right on the bottom.
12/20/16 We recommend the Middle Provo. Fish as near the dam as you can for the warmest
water. Midges, the creams and reds, or blood midges, are the most important flies to use at
this time. Winter stoneflies and blackflies are also hatching. Fish the Winter stonefly nymphs
near the banks late in the day.
12/27/16 We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week, we assume
because of the holidays. The conditions are pretty good for near the first of the year. The two
tailwaters are putting out the warmest water and that will about 39 degrees. Otherwise, you
can expect colder water and plenty of it with some slush ice in some places. Midges, Winter
stoneflies and Black fly larva and pupa will work.
01/04/17 The conditions remain the same. We did receive one report from a loyal customer
this past week. He managed to catch a few trout below the dam at Deer Creek Reservoir.
Midges, mostly creams and reds, but some light greens are beginning to show up, are the
main insects. There should be more Winter stoneflies hatching this coming week as weel.
Fish the WSF nymph near the banks late in the day.
01/11/17 We received on report from a customer who managed to catch seven trout in four
hours. That's not fast action but sure beats sitting on the couch. Midges and Winter
stoneflies. The Winter stoneflies hatch during the evenings and crawl out of the water to
hatch. Fish the nymph near the bank as late in the day as you can fish. Midges, Creams and
Reds, are hatching as well.
01/17/17 We had a good report from the past week. The customer caught some nice browns
using the Black Matuka Sculpin streamer where the water was stained from melting snow. The
choice flies should be the Cream and Red midge, with the larva and pupa fished in tandem.
There are a lot of winter stoneflies hatching. Fish the winter stonefly nymph near the banks
late in the day.
01/24/17 The snow should end tomorrow but it is going to be cold again, with the high
temperatures each day not exceeding the freezing level. Fish as near the dams are legal.
Midges, Creams and Reds, are the only insects you are likely to find hatching. Fish the larva
and pupa in tandem with the larva the bottom fly and the pupa up the tippet from 12 to 16
inches. We sell these pre-rigged for anglers like me that can't see well.
01/31/17 We had a good report from a customer using our Olive and Black Matuka Sculpin
streamers during the time it is snowing or when there's heavy cloud cover. Midges are still the
main insect to imitate. The Creams and Reds are hatching good. Fish the larva and pupa in
tandem. We have those pre-rigged now, for those anglers who have trouble tying on tiny
flies. Winter stoneflies are still present.
02/07/17 Getting around on the stream may be more difficult that catching trout. There is
snow forecast most everyday this coming week. The cloud cover actually helps. Fish the
Black or Olive Matuka sculpin streamers when there is low light conditions. Midges remain the
most important insect to imitate. Fish the larva and pupa rigged in tandem. That setup
imitates a hatch better than individual flies.
02/14/17 There is deep snow on the banks of the river and everywhere the water is slow
there is shelf and/or slush ice. It is easy to slip in the water, so be careful. There is plenty of
water you can wade and wading is easier than walking down a bank. Midges, Creams and
Reds, is still the main insects to imitate. There are some winter stoneflies hatching in the
faster water sections.
02/21/17 Heavy snow is forecas for the next few days and then it will clear up and be much
colder. Traveling in the area will be a problem. The discharges and stream levels are a little
to high to safely wade at this time. We hate to say so, but there won't b much fly fishing
opportunity this coming week. If you go, fish Cream and Red midges, with the larva and pupa
rigged in tandem.
02/28/17 There is a lot of snow on the banks but the weather is cold again. The snow should
end by tomorrow and the skies will be clear for several days. Fish the two tailwaters, and as
close as it is legal to do so. The discharges and stream levels are a little above normal but
otherwise in good shape. Midges, Creams and Reds, are still the most important insects to
03/07/17 Fish either of the two tailwaters. Both are producing trout when the discharges are
low. Midges, Creams, Reds or blood midges and some light Green are hatching. Fish the
larva and pupa rigged in tandem with the pupa about 16 inches above the larva.
03/14/17 The discharges and stream levels are all in good shape flowing just a little above
normal levels. It won't be long before big trout will begin to move out of the lake upstream to
spawn. The weather and water is getting a little warmer. As of now, midges are still king. We
now have these pre-rigged for those who have trouble seeing to tie on the small flies.
03/21/17 The weather is turning a little colder this coming week and there is snow forecast
everyday. Midges and Blue-winged olives both will hatch when it is lightly snowing. Sculpin
streamers have been catching the larger trout and they work best when there is heavy cloud
cover, so that would be our number one recommendation for this coming week.
03/28/17 The weather continues to be cold and most everyone is very tired of it. Surely, after
another week of snow and cold weather spring will show up. For now, Midges are still king.
The discharges and stream levels are staying in good shape but the water is still averaging
about 40 degrees. Fish Cream or Red midges with the larva and pupa rigged in tandem.
Sculpin streamers will also work under low light conditions.
04/04/17 The stream levels are all still in good shape and the water slightly stained to mostly
clear. The middle Provo is where most anglers have been fishing but we didn't receive any
reports from this past week. It will be little warmer with less rain and snow this week. Green
midges and little non-baetis species of Blue-winged olive are hatching. Sculpin streamers
should work good.
04/11/17 The discharges and stream levels remain in good shape. The water is gradually
getting a little warmer but still only in the mid to low forties. There are lots of light Green
Midges and little Blue-winged olives hatching. We received two good reports from the past
week from customers fishing midges and Sculpin steamers when it is cloudy and overcast.
04/18/17 The discharges and stream levels are in good shape in all sections. The middle
river has a lot of light Green midges hatching and some little non-baetis species of BWOs.
The water temperature needs to get up to about 50 degrees or higher for three or four days
in a row and you will see lots of new hatches start to take place. For now, midges is still the
most important insects.
04/25/17 The stream levels are running a little high, too high to wade safely in most sections
but okay in some. The weather is turning much cooler with rain or snow in the forecast
everyday. Midges and little Blue-winged olives will both hatch during light snows. Fish the
midges with the larva and pupa rigged in tandem for the best results.
05/02/17 The weather is going to be much warmer this coming week with no chance of rain or
snow. There are some little Brown stoneflies and little Black Caddis hatching. The middle
Provo is really turned on and some very nice trout are being caught. All sections are in good
shape with low stream levels suitable for wading.
05/09/17 The discharges and stream levels are high, too high to wade safely anywhere.
There is more rain through tomorrow, then clearing. Hopefully, the stream levels will get back
down quickly because the other conditions are very good. There are more hatches taking
place. We got two good reports just before the last heavy rain began and some were caught
on the surface.
05/16/17 The stream levels and discharges in all sections of the river are very high. It is due
to the runoff. The weather is turning much colder this week, with chances of snow through
Friday. This may affect the runoff some, but it won't stop it. As for now,all you can do is to
keep checking back with us. We will keep you informed.
05/23/17 The Provo is still very high and stained in all sections due to runoff. The weather is
turning much warmer this coming week and hopefully, that will sped things up. It is too high to
fish or wade anywhere at this time. We will keep you informed as to the status of the runoff,
so stay in touch. You can plan that next trip. Send us an email and we will help you.
05/30/17 The runoff is still in progress and all three sections of the river is very high and
badly stained to muddy. It isn't worth fishing at this time. All you can do is to stay in touch. We
will keep you informed as to the status of the runoff. You can send us an email at the address
on the other side of this page, if we can help you plan that next fly fishing trip to the Provo.
06/06/17 The river is very high right now in all three sections due to the runoff. Just to be
clear, it is too high to fish in our opinion. It is also from highly stained to muddy. All you can do
is stay in touch. We will post the status of the river each week.
06/13/17 The discharges at the two dams and stream levels in all three sections of the river
are down a good bit from last week, but still far to high to fish or wade. We think the runoff
has peaked and the water will continue to fall. Check back with us soon. You can send us an
email and let us help you plan that next Provo river trip.
06/20/17 The discharges at the two tailwaters and stream levels in all sections of the Provo
are still very high, too high to wade safely. The water is still colored up and still in runoff
condition. Hopefully it will peak and start dropping soon. There is a big snow pack and it will
likely be the end of the month before things get back to normal.
06/27/17 The runoff is still well underway and the discharges and stream levels in all section
are very high. All you can do is check back with us. We will keep you informed as to the
status of the runoff. It should be down by the end of the first week in July, but that has a lot of
hope built in.
07/02/17 The discharges from the two dams and the freestone section are still too high to
fish. Hopefully, this will end soon. The weather is much warmer and that should speed he
runoff up. We think it will be in good shape within a week or two at the most. We have added
a new list of flies.
07/09/17 Discharges and stream levels are still high in all three sections. There are lots of
hatches taking place but no way to fish them other than from the bank in most cases. We
predict the runoff will be over and the levels down in much better shape within seven to ten
days, or at least that is our best estimate.
07/16/17 The river is getting into good shape fast. The levels are down to where some
sections can be waded safely with caution, but some are still a little high. There are a large
number of insects hatching. Multiple hatches can be a problem but focus on imitating the
most plentiful ones. They vary some from section to section.
07/24/17 All sections of the river are in good shape, with good discharge and stream levels.
Thee is some rain in the forecast but ending tomorrow. We received two good reports from
customers fishing this past week. The cloud cover has been a big help. There are lots of
insects hatching with trout taking dry flies very well. PMDs are hatching very good.
07/31/17 The discharges are low and the stream levels permitting safe wading in most areas
of the river in all sections. Trout are being caught in good numbers. We had some good
reports from customers this past week. There are several insects hatching and terrestrials
are even working pretty good. Now is a good time ot fish the river.
08/08/17 The river is in very good shape with good stream levels in all sections. Trout are
being caught in all sections of the river. There are lots of insects hatching and terrestrials are
working as well. We had two good reports this past week from customers fishing.
08/15/17 The river is in good shape in all three sections. The discharges and stream levels
are running about normal to a little below normal. That makes wading easy and safe in most
places. Our customers are sending in some very good reports. There are still a lot of insects
hatching. Little Yellow stoneflies are hatching very good among several other insects.
08/22/17 We received three more good reports from the past week. The river is in good
shape in all sections. There are still a lot of insects hatching. Imitations of terrestrials are still
working. Just don't fish the terrestrials when something is hatching. That will reduce your
odds of success.
08/29/17 The Middle Provo is in excellent shape. Our customers are sending in some good
reports. The stream levels are low and wading safe and easy. The lower Provo has good
discharge rates and level and it also in good shape. We received one good report from
customers fishing it this past week. There are still some good hatches taking place in both
09/05/17 Conditions remain very good on the Provo. We received three good reports from
customers fishing this past week. Trout were caught on a variety of flies depending on the
section. All three sections turned out some trout. The lower Provo would be our first choice
right now bu all three are in good shape.
09/12/17 The weather is turning a little cooler and that is going to help the freestone section
of the stream. All sections are in good shape now, with good stream levels and decent
discharges at the two tailwaters. We received two good reports this past week from customers
fishing. There are still some good hatches and terrestrials are also working.
09/19/17 The discharges and stream levels are in good shape, running about average for
this time of the season. The weather is turning much cooler and you will begin to see some
new hatches take place. We received one good report from a customer fishing this past week.
09/26/17 It doesn't get much better than it is right now. We are getting some very good
reports. The Middle River is turning out the most trout but all three sections are in good
shape. Water levels and the weather is ideal for this time of the season.
10/03/17 The river is in good shape in all respects. The discharges and stream levels are
normal. We had two good reports from customers this past week. October Caddis, Mahogany
duns and Blue-winged olives are hatching good. The Middle and lower sections are fishing
10/10/17 The middle and lower river are turning out the most trout. There are some pre-
spawn browns in the upper section. Streamers are catching the larger trout, especially our
Sculpin patterns. There are still some decent hatches taking place including midges, Blue-
winged olives, Mahogany duns and October caddis.
10/17/17 The Middle Provo is probably in the best shape right now. The flows are low and
lots of Blue-winged olives and midges are present. We received two good reports from
customers fishing this past week. Rig the pupa and larva of the midges in tandem.
10/24/17 Conditions remain about the same as last week. We received two good reports from
customers fishing the past week. One caught some very large browns, and both guys good
numbers of trout. This came from the middle section of the river. We recommend fishing the
middle or lower section. Midges, Blue-winged olives, aquatic worms, work. Sculpin streamers
are catching the larger trout.
11/01/17 The conditions remain about the same. Lots of trout are being caught by the few
anglers fishing. Sculpin streamers continue to catch the larger trout. Midges, creams and
reds, or blood midges, continue to turn up good numbers of trout. Fish the larva and pupa
rigged in tandem.
11/09/17 The stream is still in good shape in all three major sections. We still recommend the
two tailwaters over the freestone section, but it is turning out trout as weel. We received two
good reports from customers fishing this past week. Sculpin streamers are still catching the
larger trout. Blue-winged olives and midges are hatching good.
1116/17 We received two good reports from customers fishing the middle and lower river this
past week. It is currently snowing but this should end tomorrow. Midges, Creams and Reds
and Blue-winged olives are hatching. The Middle and lower Provo is low. Brown trout are
spawning so please don't wade through the redds.
11/23/17 The river is still running low. You have to stay hidden from the trout and use stealth
to keep from spooking them. Most of the browns are in the post-spawn stage but some are
still spawning. Please don't wade through the redds. MIdges, Creams and Reds (blood)
midges are hatching. Sculpin streamers like our Brown Sculpin and the Olive and Black
Matuka sculpin, are working good.
11/30/17 The weather is turning a little colder. We recommend fishing the middle and lower
tailwaters. Midges, creams and reds, are hatching good. Fish the larva and pupa rigged in
tandem for the best results. We received one good report from a customer fishing this past
12/07/17 The river is in good shape in all respects. Midges are about the only hatches taking
place, but sculpin streamers like our Brown sculpin and Matuka sculpin patterns are still
catching the larger trout. We received one good report from a customer this past week.
12/14/17 The river is still in good shape with good levels and lots of Midges hatching. Winter
stoneflies are also starting to crawl out of the water to hatch.
01/04/18 The river in good shape except for the cold water temperature. Fish as near the
dams and legal. The water is slightly warmer. Winter stoneflies are hatching along with the
Cream and Blood or red, midges.
01/11/18 Stream levels and discharges remain low and wading safe and easy provided
caution is used. Midges and Winter stoneflies are the insects you need to be imitating.
01/17/18 The river is in good shape for the middle of the winter. The weather on a roller
coaster, from very cold to warm. Midges are the most important insects. Creams and blood
midges, or red ones, are hatching.
01/24/18 There is a lot of snow on the banks, and getting around in places can be tough.
Just make sure you don't slip in the water not meaning to. Fish with a partner if possible.
Carry an extra set of dry clothes with you in case you do get wet. Fish the lava and pupa
rigged in tandem.
01/31/18 The weather is going to be relatively nice this coming week, and it should be a good
time to fish the Provo. Fish as near the bottom discharges as legal.
02/07/18 The river is in good shape with low discharges rates and stream levels. Midges are
hatching good and recently, there are some light Greens showing up in addition to the red
blood and Cream midges. Winter stoneflies and aquatic worms are also working.
02/14/18 Conditions remain about the same as last week but the weather is going to be a
little cooler than last week. It will make little to no difference in the fishing. Midges and Winter
stoneflies will still be the most important insects to imitate. Brown sculpin streamers should
continue to catch the larger trout.
02/21/18 The weather has turned much colder as I'm sure most of you know. Midges, creams,
reds and maybe some light greens will be hatching. Aquatic worms and Winter stoneflies
should also work.
02/28/18 The river is still cold with slush ice in most slow moving water. There's some shelf
ice and lots of bank ice and snow. Fish as close to the tailwaters as legal. The water is slightly
warmer. Midges, creams, reds and light greens are hatching. Winter stoneflies are still
03/07/18 Fish the tailwaters close to the dams (as legal) for the warmest water. Midges,
Winter stoneflies, Aquatic worms, Skwala stoneflies and Sculpin are the foods you should be
03/21/18 The stream levels are still in good shape in all sections. The water is still very cold
in all sections. We are still recommending fishing near the discharges from the dams as close
as it is legal to fish. The further downstream you go, the colder the water gets.
03/28/18 Conditions remain very good. Discharges and the resulting stream levels remain
normal and the water clear. There will be a lot of snow and rain this coming week, and
conditions will be changing. Sculpin streamers work good if i rises and gets some color to it.
04/04/18 The river is in good shape but still a little low. You have to be careful not to spook
the trout. Stay low and make good presentations. Skwala stoneflies are hatching good.
Midges, creams and light greens are hatching.
04/11/18 The river is in good condition. Fish the middle and lower river. The upper freestone
secton is still a little cold. The two tailwaters are your best bet. Little Blue-winged olives,
midges and Skwala stoneflies are hatching.
04/18/18 The stream is in decent shape for mid April but it is still cold. Fish the two tailwaters.
The freestone section still has some slush ice. Midges, little Blue-winged olives, March Brown
mayflies, sculpin, aquatic worms and Skwala stoneflies are the foods you should be imitating.
04/25/18 The weather continues to range from warm to cold with more rain and snow. It is still
best to fish the tailwaters. There are some Little Black Grannom Caddis starting to hatch.
Blue-winged olives and March Browns continue to hatch.
05/03/18 The Middle Provo is a little high but still can be fished with good opportunity. Runoff
will be starting soon, if not already, so be sure to check the flows. There are still some Skwala
stoneflies, and Blue-winged olives, midges and March Browns are hatching. Sculpin
streamers should work very good with the higher water levels.
05/10/18 The Middle river flowing from Jordonelle is getting higher as runoff time is soon
approaching. Trout are still being caught on BWO hatches. There are still some Skwala
stoneflies hatching. The lower Provo is running high, a little too high to wade safely.
05/17/18 The Middle river is still producing some good catches. Conditions, including stream
levels, still remain good. The river is a little crowded at times but that is simply due to the
fishing. Rainbows are spawning, so avoid damaging the redds.
05/24/18 The conditions remain good for the Provo. Stream levels are fine and the water
clear. There are several hatches taking place and trout are being caught in good numbers.
There's a chance of rain everyday but the amounts predicted are not high. The cloud cover
is a big help.
05/31/18 The river is in good condition. The stream levels are up some from the past week's
rain. The weather is going to be much warmer and that will bring on some new hatches as the
water temperature increase. This should be a good week to fish the river. Keep a close check
on the stream
06/07/18 Discharges and stream levels remain good in all sections of the river. Most angles
are fishing the Middle river as usual. You can catch good numbers of trout in all sections. The
water is getting warmer and more good hatches are starting to take place.