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Fly Fishing On The Weber River In Utah
The Weber River originates near the Uinta Mountains
near the peaks of Bald Mountain, Notch Mountain and
Mount Watson. It flows from the mountains into Rockport
Lake. The tailwater below Rockport Lake is prime brown
trout water. Below Rockport, it picks up the tributary of
Silver Creek and Chalk Creek and flows into Echo
Reservoir. The tailwater below Echo Reservoir is also a
good fly fishing destination. It joins the Ogden River and
flows into the Great Salt Lake. Fly fishing the Weber
River gives anglers a good shot at catching a large, wild
brown trout as well as rainbows and cutthroat trout.
The Weber River is very similar to the more popular
Provo River. It flows form the same mountain range. The
two tailwaters keep water near that preferred by trout
year-round. Trout can be caught even on the coldest
and the warmest days. They keep the water cool during
the hot summer months. The upper section of the
Weber River is generally slower moving water but with
some riffles between pools.
Although much of the Weber River flows through private
property, the state has arranged good access to the
stream. There are several areas the river can be
accessed below both of its tailwaters. You should always
use caution wading a tailwater. They are subject to
releases of water from the dam and you can get into
trouble fast if your unaware of the releases.
The Weber River has an excellent population of aquatic
insects. Keep in mind some species don't exist in both
the freestone section and the tailwaters. There are
Blue-winged olives that hatch from March through mid
May and again from September well into November.
March Browns hatch from April into middle June. Quill
Gordons hatch from mid May into June. Green Drakes
hatch from mid June through July and Small Western
Green Drakes (flavs) from late June into mid August.
Yellow Quills and Ginger Quills hatch from July through
August. Mahogany duns hatch in September and
October and Tricos from July through September.
Little Black Caddis (Mother's Day Grannoms) hatch from
late April into July. Several species of Spotted Sedges
and Little Sister caddis hatch from May through
September. Green Sedges hatch from July through
Little Winter Stoneflies hatch from February into April.
Little Brown stoneflies from May through July. Golden
Stoneflies hatch from June into late July. Little Yellow
Stoneflies hatch from June through August.
Scuds and Sowbugs are present, along with plenty of
baitfish and Sculpins, which are very plentiful. During the
summer, imitations of grass hoppers, ants and beetles
are effective. Anytime the water is cold midges become
Keep in mind that when your fishing any tailwater, the
discharges from the dam control the speed and height
of the water and often determine the feeding schedule
of the trout. Your fishing can be drastically affected by
the volume of water being released. It is always a good
idea to check on the releases of water and determine
the stream flows prior to making a long trip to fish a
You can fish the Weber River year-round.
The fishing can be good in the tailwaters during the
Winter since the water stays near a constant
Springtime is an excellent time to fish the river but it can
be high and off color during the runoff.
Fly fishing the Weber River during the Summer is good
in the trailwater sections and freestone section except
during the hottest days of Summer..
The autumn season is an excellent time for fly fishing
the Weber River because its brown trout spawn during
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 & 12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
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Headlines: The discharges and
stream levels are high in all
sections. Runoff is underway and
this is unlikely to change for the
next several days. The hatches are
well underway and fishing should be
excellent as soon as the stream
levels are down. It is turning much
colder this week, with snow in the
forecast. This is unlikely to have
much effect on the runoff. Keep
track of the latest info by clicking
the above link to our Weber River
10/20/15 Good stream levels has really been a plus lately. Keep a close check on the
because this may change. It is turning a little cooler and terrestrial insects are becoming less
important. The lower tailwater has been the better producing section lately. Hatches are
continuing in the freestone section. Yellow Sallys, Spotted Sedges, Green Sedges, and
October Caddis make up the majority.
10/27/15 Stream levels are all well below normal right now. The top hatches in the freestone
sections are Blue-winged olives and October Caddis and in the tailwater, Blue-winged olives.
It won't be long before midges will produce well. The weather continues to get a little colder,
which is a good thing.
11/03/15 The weather is finally turning colder. Midges will again become an important source
of food for the trout. Blue-winged olives will still be around and hatching mostly on cloudy,
overcast days. Right now, the Perfect Fly Brown Sculpin is the most important fly. It has been
catching some larger brown trout for the past two weeks.
11/10/15 I think the freestone section of the Weber is getting a little chilly. I would recommend
fishing the lower tailwater. Streamers, the Brown or White Belly Sculpin, should still be a top
producing fly. The post-spawn brown trout are hungry. Other than that a combination midge
larva and pupa would be best.
11/17/15 Conditions for the tailwaters are very good right now. All of them are running low and
can easily be waded. The only thing that is going to change that is melting snow and that's not
very likely. There is a chance of snow every day through Friday. Blue-winged olives and
midges are both known to hatch even when it is snowing as long as the weather is mild.
11/24/15 I guess the snow last week kelp anglers off the water or at least we didn't receive
any reports. There is a little more snow in the forecast for this week Wednesday through
Friday. Stream levels are good and fishing should be good. Let us hear from you. Blue-
winged olive nymphs and midges should be the best choice of flies.
12/01/15 Stream levels are low and that is really a plus at this time of the year. Wading is
easy and you can make good slow presentations. That is what is it going to take. When the
water is cold, and that is the case now, the trout move out fo the current to hold in slow water.
Midges, with the larva and pupa fished in tandem, is the best approach.
12/08/15 Winter stoneflies are starting to hatch in some sections of the river. That is always
an indication that the water is cold. Midges will still be the prime insects you need to be
imitating. Little Blue-winged olive nymphs are also important flies to have, size 20 and 18. The
Brown Sculpin should work well under low light conditions.
12/15/15 It is going to be much colder this week than it has been. Fish the Winter stonefly
nymph near the banks in the afternoons and midges the other times of the day. Fish as near
the dams as you can because the water will be a little warmer. The further downstream from
the dams you fish, the colder the water will be.
12/22/15 Stream levels and discharges from the dams are okay but the weather is very
marginal. It is going to be cold with lots of snow. There is a winter storm warning in effect
through Wednesday and getting to the river may be a bigger problem than catching trout.
Midges and Winter stonefly nymphs are the flies we recommend. Streamers will also work with
the cloud cover. Fish the lower tailwater.
01/29/16 The weather is turning colder and it is about time. It has been unseasonably warm.
There is a lot of snow in the forecast but temperatures cold enough to keep in snow versus
water. The stream levels and discharges should remain good. We recommend fishing the
tailwater below Echo Reservoir.
01/19/16 The stream levels and discharges are fine right now and should remain mostly that
way for the coming few day, but make sure you check on them. Midges, fished with the pupa
the top fly and the larva the bottom fly, is the best rig to use at this time. Winter stoneflies are
also hatching. When it is cloudy, fish the White Belly sculpin streamer.
01/26/16 When I went to check the discharges and stream levels, I found all three stations not
working due to ice; however, I know the levels are fine. It is just that the water is very cold at
the station locations. Fish as near the dams as you can. That is where you will find the
warmest water. Midges and Winter stonefly nymphs are both catching trout.
02/16/16 The Weber River water is too cold to fish anywhere other than just below the two
dams, with the lower dam being slightly better at this time. The bottom discharge is warmer but
still only 37 to 38 degrees. Fish holes in the bottom of the runs and pools where the trout can
hold out of the fast current. Midges, red and cream, Winter stoneflies and Black Flies are the
insects you should imitate.
02/23/16 The weather is getting a little warmer but it really hasn't affected the water
temperature much. Some of the ice and snow has melted and that has helped the overall
situation but stained the water in some areas. You still should fish near the bottom discharges
of the dams. Midges, both cream and red, and winter stoneflies are the flies you should be
03/18/16 Remember, the stream levels vary depending on the section and the discharges
below the tailwaters. Warmer weather is melting a lot of snow, staining the water and keeping
it cold. Conditions are improving and you can catch trout. Fish the slack current, not the fast
water, using midge larva and pupa flies in combination.
03/22/16 The discharges from the dams and resulting stream levels are normal or below
normal in all sections. Wading should be easy in most places. The water is still cold as I'm
sure most of you know. Midges, creams and reds, with the larva and pupa fished in tandem
should produce best. The brown sculpin streamer is a good fly to use early and late in the day.
03/29/16 There is a change of snow everyday through Thursday and then clearing for the
next four days. The stream levels are all currently low. That makes wading easy. It also makes
spooking the trout easy. Midges and little BWO nymphs are the flies you should be using.
Sculpin streamers work good under low light conditions.
04/05/16 The weather is warming up a little this coming week and that should make it more
comfortable for anglers to fish. It will have very little effect on the fish though. The water is still
going to be relatively cold and midges, little Blue-winged olives and Sculpin are still the prime
foods to imitate. Fish the Rockport tailwater for the best results but stay in the slower currents,
not the fast water.
04/19/16 he stream levels and discharges in all sections are low. You can wade the streams
easily, but you will need to stay as well hidden from the trout as possible. Midges and Blue-
winged olives are still the main insects to imitate. The water is still in the mid to high forties but
it is gradually getting a little warmer.
05/03/16 The weather is getting a little warmer and that is going to change things fast. It is
melting a lot of snow in the water shed and you can expect higher stream levels than normal.
That is the case now but there is little rain in the forecast, so it should stay reasonable.
Streamers like our White Belly sculpin are a good choice of flies right now.
05/10/16 The weather seems to never stay very stable and that's been the case this season,
so far. There is snow forecast for today and then a gradual warming trend. Not much change
will take place until the water temperature gets to around 50 degrees and then new hatches
will begin along with some dry fly action.
06/14/16 Two of the tailwaters are high with high discharges and one low. This is certain to
change and you will just have to keep up with it. They are running the runoff water through
the system and it takes time. Hopefully, it will settle down soon. There are some very good
hatches taking place.
06/21/16 The stream levels and discharges from the dams are low to normal, depending on
the section of water, and otherwise in very good condition. Our customers are sending in
some good reports. Lots of insects have begin to hatch including both Pale Morning Duns and
Pale Evening duns. Two species of caddis are hatching and bringing about some good
aternoon egg laying activity.
07/12/16 The stream levels ae down in good shape and wading possible in the normal places
one can wade. There are numerous insects hatching and customers are catching a lot of
trout, many of them coming from the surface on dry flies. The outlook for this coming week is
good with a good weather forecast. Now is a good time to fish the Weber.
07/26/16 The Weber continues to produce good numbers of trout for our customers. The
levels remain in decent shape, although they can be high at times. The weather is cool,
compared to most of the western states. Pale Morning duns, Spotted sedges, Green sedges,
little Sister caddis, Little Yellow stoneflies, and other insects are hatching.
09/08/16 The Gateway section is running a little low but all other sections are in good shape
with normal levels. There are fewer hatches, but still a lot to imitate. There are lots of caddis
and the late afternoon egg laying is bringing a lot of fish to the surface to feed. Fish early
mornings with Sculpin streamers like our Black or Olive Matuka sculpin patterns.
09/13/16 The stream levels are near normal in all sections of the river. Wading is easy to not
so easy, depending on the discharges. We received two good reports this past week. There
have been some nice size trout caught on sculpin streamers in the early mornings. The
weather is getting cooler and that will help the water temperature get down to good fall ranges
09/20/16 The stream levels and discharges are a little low in all sections but otherwise in good
shape. Wading is generally easy and our customers are catching a lot of trout. There are
plenty of Blue-winged olives hatching and Mahogany duns and October caddis are starting to
hatch. Sculpin streamers should get you some larger browns fished early and late in the day.
10/03/16 The Weber is is high in all sections. Discharges are high and there's more rain on
the way. This may not change for another few days. You will just have to keep tracking the
stream levels. The Fall hatches are going strong - Mahogany duns, October Caddis and Blue-
winged olives. Right now, we recommend Sculpin streamers.
10/16/16 The stream levels are low at Gateway, average at Oakley and below average or low
at Echo. This should settle down soon, but for now we recommend sticking with the lower
flows. Sculpin streamers have been catching some very nice brown trout. Baetis Blue-winged
olives are hatching good in all sections of the river. There are still some October Caddis
11/01/16 The discharge at Rockport are staying low. That makes it easy to wade but it would
be better if they were cranked up some. There are lots of Cream midges hatching as well as
Blue-winged olives. Fish the BWO nymphs mornings, duns in the afternoon and BWO
spinners near sunset. Sculpin streamers are still getting the larger trout.
11/15/16 The discharges and resulting stream levels have been very low. That has allowed
angler to wade about anywhere they wanted to. We received two good reports from the past
week. The Brown sculpin streamer has been catching some larger size trout. Fish it when
there are low light conditions.
12/06/16 The river is in good shape, with some sections low but some at normal levels. Fish
the tailwaters near the dams for the best results. Winter stoneflies are starting to hatch.
Cream and Red midges are hatching along with little Blue-winged olives. The Sculpin
streamers continue to catch the larger brown trout.
12/20/16 The Weber is in as good of shape as possible the middle of December. There are
Red (blood) and Cream midges hatching. Fish the larva and pupa imitations in tandem with
the larva the bottom fly and the pupa the top fly. Fish as near the dams as you can legally
and safely do so. The water is slightly warmer.
01/03/17 We haven't received any reports the past two week we assume due to the holidays.
The weather and water conditions are about the same, with air temperatures rarely exceeding
freezing. This means the water in most of the water will be too cold to fish. Fish below the
dams where there is water ranging from 36 to 40 degrees, but of course, gets colder
downstream. Happy New Year.
01/24/17 Both tailwater are fishing good but we think below Rockport is a little better at this
time. The water is clearer and slightly warmer. Midges, Creams and Reds or blood midges,
are the main insects to imitate. There are some Winter stoneflies on the lower tailwater. Fish
the midge larva and pupa in tandem, with the larva the bottom fly and the pupa up the tippet
about 12 to 16 inches.
02/07/17 The Weber is in good shape for the middle of Winter. Check the discharges. Two
stations show low levels and one is on the way up. You can wade most sections of the river.
Fish the Black or Olive Matuka sculpin streamers when there is cloud cover or early and late.
Midges are the most important insects to imitate. Fish the larva and pupa imitations in tandem.
02/28/17 There has been a lot of snow to have to deal with but it is in much better shape. The
Rockport lake tailwater is the best location to fish. Fish as near the dam as legal using Cream,
Red (blood) or light Green midges with the pupa and larva rigged in tandem. Sculpin
streamers are working good when there is low light conditions.
04/04/17 The discharges and flows in all sections of the river are high - too high to wade
safely and/or catch fish. There is still some snow and rain in the forecast but conditions
should get much better soon.
05/02/17 The discharges and stream levels in all sections of the river are too high to wade or
in our opinion, fish successfully. You can fish streamers from the bank and may pick up some
trout that way. All you can do is stay in touch. We will keep you informed as to the status of
the stream. It won't be long before Spring hatches will begin.