Im writing this blog to educate the fly fisherman out there that haven’t had much success with streamer fishing. I hear it a lot, “I have never caught anything on a streamer.” Well, I hope to change that, here are a few suggestions. Streamer fishing is simply fishing with an imitation minnow or other aquatic life such as small fish, leech or crawfish that you actively retrieve through the water. Streamer fishing is a commitment and you need to be prepared to cover a lot of water. Here are two ways you may approach this. You can either start up stream and work your way down, covering every piece of structure in the river. Pulling your fly through every bucket, in front of and behind every rock, and through every deep run. You get the picture. Or the opposite, start down stream and work your way up doing the same thing. Personally, I prefer starting down stream and moving up especially when fishing smaller streams. Both approaches will get the job done. It is always helpful if you can see your fly and know what its doing. This will give you a better idea of how to fish and retrieve your fly. Your main objective is to make your fly seem as if it is struggling and confused. Larger fish pray on the vulnerable. This is what makes streamer fishing so fun, you are one with your fly. When it comes to retrieving your fly, there is no wrong answer. A fast retrieve, slow retrieve, no retrieve (letting it sink and bump the bottom) or a combination. Once you get the hang of it and start moving and hooking fish you will know what all the hype is about. To me, streamer fishing is one of the most exciting fishing you can do and if you stick with it you will be rewarded with some trophy sized fish. Next we come to the question, what size and what color? Bigger is always better. I tend to fish three to six inch streamers, usually articulating. Sometimes I fish smaller, but not often. Colors vary depending on light conditions. I try to stick to the rule of lighter colors on sunny days and darker colors on cloudy days. But rules are made to be broken so feel free to change it up. There is almost always an eager, meat eating trout out there. With that in mind there is never a bad time to streamer fish. So don’t be afraid to change up your routine and do some streamer fishing. Have fun out there and remember big fish eat fish. -Jeremy
Winter is officially here in Park City, Utah but don't let a little cold weather stop you from getting out on the river. I’m writing this blog to share a few secrets and tricks that will help you enjoy your time fly fishing when the temperatures drop below freezing.
The worst part about winter fly fishing is it can be unbearably cold on your hands and feet. The solution is to pony up and buy a pair of winter waders -waders with a boot fit. You can either go old school neoprene with boot fit or spend a bit more on a nice set of Simms breathable with the Bogg boot fit. If you go the old school route, the key is to buy them 1 or 2 sizes bigger than your foot size and slide in a wool boot liner from your winter boots.
For your hands, I suggest investing in a pair of Kast stealhead gloves. They are the bomb with a completely waterproof OutDry membrane that keeps your digits dry even if they're submerged for minutes at a time. Unlike neoprene gloves, which allow sweat to build up and freeze, the Kast steelheads are totally breathable and are built with 4-way stretch fabric and a warm fleece lining to keep your hands warm as well as dry. Far more low-profile than most fishing gloves, the Kast steelheads also have grippy palms and fingers to help you control your equipment and grip fish without damaging them. Their rubberized cuffs and closures seal out water. Your hands will thank you for it.
Now that you have all ten fingers and toes warm and toasty, we can move on to the next problem faced with winter fly fishing. ICE. Ice builds up on your guides. I have found a product that will change your world. It’s called Never Wet.
It is a Rust-Oleum product that is designed to repel water. No water = No Ice. How it really works, I'm not sure, but it’s magic. You can find it online or most hardware stores. I coat my guides and treat my entire fly line with the two part aerosol spray. Don't worry, it won't harm your line or your rod and it dries clear. Just follow the directions on the box. After some time, you will have to treat your guides and line again. This trick will keep your guides from freezing no matter how cold it gets. Winter is an amazing time to be out on the river. You usually have the water to yourself. It can be very peaceful. Now that you have some helpful tricks up your sleeve, you can turn an unbearably cold day on the water into a very pleasant memorable one. So get out there and reap the rewards of the solitude and the great winter fly fishing that the Provo River offers.
This is the time of year that my wife always asks me what items are on my wish list for the holiday season. It goes without saying that 99.9 % of the items on my list are fly fishing related. As I scoured the internet looking for all the new goodies, I thought this would be a great list to share in hopes that some of these products show up under your tree this year too.
1 | The Tippet Stack by Loon Outdoors. This is a versatile tippet holder that comes with a carabiner clip and a heavy duty velcro strap that allows you to store five spools of tippet anywhere. This is a great gift for the angler that is always looking for a place to organize their tippet. It works great wade fishing or in a drift boat. With the carabiner mechanism this makes it very convenient for clipping this handy tool just about anywhere.
2 | Umpqua Tailgater Organizer. This is a handy little storage system that is designed to strap onto a tote. It makes for a clean way to organize your gear while in your car or drift boat. Built with mesh pockets and compartments, it can hold several fly boxes, extra clothing, reels, tippet and accessories.
3 | The Tacky Fly Box. In my opinion, this is the best fly box on the market. This box is designed with silicone rubber to ensure your flies never slip. With a clear lid, magnetic latch, and a slim design, it holds up to 168 flies, making it the perfect stocking stuffer.
4 | The Yeti Rambler Tumbler. This is a sweet new travel coffee mug that comes in 20 or 30 oz sizes. It has a vacuum seal which keep hot drinks warm for over 8 hours and cool drinks cold for even longer. It has a clear lid so you can see what beverage you are about to drink. It’s great for the angler that hits the road early in the morning to get to his favorite fishing spots. The 30 oz size is great for carrying soup and large batches of coffee.
5 | Reddington Sonic Dry waders. This is an upgrade from the Sonic Pro Waders. This improved design still has the ultra-sonic welding construction that keeps seams from leaking. I think this is one of the most durable waders on the market and at a $400 price point it is a great deal as well.
And for the angler that has it all….
A fly fisherman can never have to many gadgets and tools. For stocking stuffers, check out Rising, a local Park City company who makes anything from hemos to nippers to a great grilling tool they call "Pops Q Tool". Rising's quality, USA made tools are top notch and tested daily by our guides.
If all else fails, you can never go wrong with a gift certificate for a guided fly fishing trip with Provo River Guide Service. If you are interested, contact us at email@example.com or you can always call us, we would love to hear from you! 435-783-6559
If you own your own rod, practice your cast. Before you go on your next fly fishing adventure, whether you are fly fishing in Utah or somewhere else, try to find time to practice your cast. This is especially important when you are fishing in areas which require more precise placement of your fly and long distance casts. If you’re going to spend the money on guides and lodging to get to an exotic location why not take the time to hone your skills before you get there. Nothing will single handedly increase your catch rate than a well-skilled cast. If you’re struggling with your fundamentals, you can always look up an FFF certified casting instructor to take a couple lessons.
As a seasoned angler you likely own your own gear. I recommend communicating with your guide in advance to see what equipment you actually need. You will find most guides will encourage you to bring it as one generally feels more comfortable casting their own fly rod. There are however circumstances where you are better off using the guide’s equipment. For example, if you are going to a small stream and you have a rod that is more geared for nymph fishing, you are going to have a more enjoyable day with a nice, 4 weight, dry fly rod that your guide can provide.
As for flies, more often than not, fly patterns will vary from east to west coast. On particularly finicky streams, fly patterns become very specific to the area. Your favorite pattern may not suffice on the river you intend to fish. If you like to tie flies, ask your guide for some suggested patterns.
Trust your guide. Allow them pick the time and place for the start of the day. If your guide wants to meet at 6:30am, it is not necessarily because he/she is a morning person but to ensure that you get a great spot on the river. On a potentially crowded day, this will allow for more opportunity. Early meet times are especially crucial with large groups, such as 3 person trips. There are limited spots on the river that will not only accommodate all 3 anglers but also be manageable for the guide.
Adjust your expectations for individual trips. Not every trip is the same. You might want to fish a river that you fished the previous year but the fishing conditions may have changed on that particular river due to weather, water, or bug activity. Also, if you are an advanced fly fisherman and you bring along a novice don’t expect to fish the same type of water you have in the past. The guide needs to cater to the novice. Some spots might be to difficult for a beginner. A good analogy would be if you are an expert skier and you wanted to take a friend that has never skied before. A first run down a black diamond run would not be a good idea. The same goes for fishing. We do not want to bring a beginner to a stream that would require precise casting.
Book your trip in advance. Booking your trip in advance will help ensure you get a quality guide. Provo River Guide Service only employs top-notch guides with years of experience. That said, we have limited availability day to day.
It is much easier for a guide to prepare for a trip if he knows that it’s on the books in advance. It is also helpful if you let your guide know of any food allergies or disabilities that would prevent you from wading around in the river. Giving your guide a “heads up” will give them the ability to optimize your experience.
- Jeff Harwin
Utah fly fishing is really starting to take off as we are beginning to see the buffalo midge appear. Provo River Guide Service has been focussing most of their attention on the middle and lower Provo River. The buffalo midge hatch is one of the most unique hatches that Utah rivers have to offer. The buffalo midge is very large in comparison to other midge flies. The buffalo midge originally got its nickname from the Strawberry Reservoir about 35 year ago. When the pupa emerges, it has a hump on its back resembling the silhouette of a buffalo. The buffalo midge is a symbol to the start of spring season as it is the first major hatch of the year. The abundance of these flies in and on the water drive the trout into a feeding frenzy, bringing them out of their winter slumber. Buffalo midges come in a variety colors with the most common being black. You may also find them in brown, olive and even grey. Rivers such as the lower Provo, Weber and Green River will get a good buffalo midge hatch with the strongest and most consistent being on the middle Provo River just 20 minutes from Park City, Utah. The buffalo midge hatch is short lived on any given day starting around 12:30 p.m. and lasting anywhere from one to three hours. The midge hatch is thicker and lasts longer on overcast days as opposed to clear and sunny days. The hatch will come in waves with strong emergents of flies that will blanket the water. If you are looking to fly fish in Utah, consider taking a break from spring skiing and experience one of the best hatches you can find on any river in the west.
If you are interested in booking a trip, give us a call at 435.783.6559 or shoot us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!
A special thank you to Mickey Anderson for the sweet shots! You can find Mickey at Fish Tech in Salt Lake City, UT. www.fishtechoutfitters.com
Even though Utah primarily attracts skiers during the winter season, what you might not know is that the fly fishing in and around Park City, Utah can be fantastic this time of year. Because of the two tailwater fisheries (dam controlled river that has optimal water temperature and flow) in such close proximity to Park City, makes the Weber River and Provo RIver fly fishing a year-round activity for tourist and locals alike.
In the winter time, the Provo River and Weber River get a great midge hatch. One could argue it is maybe even the best hatch of the year. The winter fly fishing in Utah will really start to get exciting in the next two weeks and will last until the end of april. The first midge hatch of the year (a size 22-26 small black and olive midge) has already started on the middle Provo River.
In the next week or so, we should see the lower Provo River get its first solid midge hatch. What makes the midge hatch on the lower Provo so exciting is that the midges will really cluster together. Instead of throwing a size 24 fly that you can hardly see, you can throw a size 12-16 fly that imitates all the midges stuck together. The hatch that I personally look forward to fishing the most is the buffalo midge, which is a gigantic midge size 16-18. This oxymoron of a midge will start to hatch at the end of February and stick around for about a month and a half. This hatch is primarily on the Weber River and middle Provo River. Fly fishing in Utah during the winter season can be spectacular. Imagine big black midges floating down the river in swarms, making the fish go crazy.
What separates ourselves from other Utah fly fishing guides is that we always have top-notch guides on staff year-round. So if you’re in Park City on a vacation and you need a break from skiing or are just looking for a new winter activity, give us a call.
Provo River Guide Service is happy to announce that we will be using Fall River Flyrods (Graphite) for our rental fleet this year. Julie and Jason Zicha own and operate Fall River Flyrods. They recently moved their company from Pocatello, Idaho to the Heber Valley. For Fall River Flyrods it was an easy transition breaking into the Utah fly fishing scene. Jason Zicha is a master craftsman that specializes in making bamboo fly rods that have a modern feel. I use to think of bamboo rods as a wet noodle. Not the rods the Jason Zicha makes. These are medium to fast action fly rods that can perform under any circumstances. Jason can also customize any graphite rod. They are offered in a very reasonable price range. You can purchase a $200-300 custom graphite rod for any of your Provo River fly fishing trips that would normally cost you $600-800 from a big name company.
I think what makes Fall River Flyrods so unique is the personal care you receive when purchasing a fly rod. Whether you are buying a $1500 bamboo rod or a $200 three-weight graphite rod, your business is valued. Julie and Jason will be with you the whole way to make sure you get the rod you are looking for. Jason can also help with any refurbishent or rod repair. Whether you have one of your father’s old bamboo rods that needs a facelift or just a broken tip, Jason will make your rod as good as new. Fall River Flyrods also makes ferule plugs, line winders, rod tubes, furled leaders, wading staff handles, wine bottle stoppers, bamboo bodkins and neoprene reel cases. Next time you are fly fishing in Utah, check out Fall River Flyrod company in Midway. You won't be disappointed! www.fallriverrods.com
Provo River Guide Service recently became friends with Bob Mallard, author and owner of Kennebec River Outfitters in Maine. He is working on a book that will feature Park City as one of the 25 Best Towns to Fly Fish for Trout. He has been using us as a local resource for photographs as well as confirming what he already knows to be true…. Park City, Utah is not only a premier destination for outdoor recreation but the fly fishing is world class!! You can also find him at 50 Best Places to Fly Fish the Northeast. Thank you Bob for your support and we look forward to your books when they come out!
Bob's passion for fly fishing is infectious and I hope you enjoy him as much as we are. -Marieke Rogers
Introducing Bob Mallard,
"There are fly fishing waters, there are fly fishing destinations, and there are fly fishing towns. This book is about the latter…"
"I own and operate Kennebec River Outfitters in Madison, Maine. My first book is called 50 Best Places to Fly Fish the Northeast due out early 2014. 25 Best Towns to Fly Fish for Trout is due out spring 2014. My third book is called 50 Best Places to Fly Fish for Brook Trout…"
"While working on an article about fly fishing towns, I realized that I had enough information for a book. Articles on the subject have been published in fly fishing, sporting, outdoor recreation and even business magazines. But no one had ever done it in book format. This allows for a full compliment of pictures, maps; and fly shop, guide/outfitter, lodging, food and "other" sidebars. I believe you will enjoy it…."
The spawn is on and fly fishing in Utah is epic! Many of our rivers around Park City are in full spawn, and others are just getting started. Utah rivers are predominately loaded with Brown trout and they typically spawn in the fall from October through December. We have been seeing the female trout launching themselves out of the river to break their egg sacs for the last several weeks. Now is the time that the females are ready and picking their spot to build a nest, or redd, in suitable gravel. Characteristics of these spots are swift water and loose pebbles or gravel. After finding the right river depth and bottom conditions that suit her. She will lie on her side and swim along the bottom, moving the gravel with her tail. This will clean out a depression which allows space for her eggs to fall in. It will also ensure that the eggs get enough oxygen from the running water. It not uncommon to see these fish of Utah picking the same sweet spot in a section of the river.
While she prepares her spot, the redd. The males gather nearby and compete for the right to be next to her. After she feels like her bed has been made and she has a stud by her side, she lays her eggs. At the same time he dumps his load (milt). This goes on until the female has released all of her eggs. Before moving back to her winter retreat in deeper water, she covers her eggs by moving the gravel back over the depression to protect the eggs. The eggs are then left to develop and hatch the following spring. It is not uncommon to see the males remain in the area for some time looking over the nest and eating any rouge eggs that may be floating by. This an amazing time of the year to be on Utah rivers but if one is not careful it can have a damaging effect. As guides at PRGS and fisherman there are a few rules we live by during the spawn.
First rule of thumb. We don’t pursue brown trout on the redds. This could interrupt the ying and the yang of reproduction. And besides no one like there door knock on while trying to get some.
Second. When fishing near spawning fish, avoid walking on the spawning beds (redds). To reiterate, spawning beds look like someone has dug a hole in the smaller gravel at the bottom of the river. Since most of our rivers do have vegetation on the bottom, you can typically identify spawning beds by looking where the gravel has been cleaned of vegetation. When you identify these spawning spots, stay away from them! Do not walk anywhere near them. The odds of an individual egg surviving to adulthood are already slim. Let's do our part as anglers to ensure we do not jeopardize the future of our rivers. As guides we practice this by fishing well behind the redds. We target the buckets just down stream from them. On the Lower Provo River this is where we find our biggest rainbows as well as our trophy browns on the middle section of the Provo River.
If you are fishing near the spawning fish, limit your impact by fishing from the shore. Do you really need to catch that many fish in a day? Catch one or two fish and then move on. Leave the fish alone to do their thing. Our children and clients will thank us for it.
Sincerely, Jeremy Rogers
As of mid-April, Provo River Guide Service has held a permit for the upper Green River below Fontanelle Reservoir in Wyoming. We are permitted to fish the zero section, which is just below the dam about 5 miles to the entrance of Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge.
This fall has presented us a few challenges on the upper Green River with lower water flows and the government shut down playing a factor. Luckily, the government was able to figure things out and the fishing has far exceeded our expectations.
Recently I had the pleasure to guide long-time client, Jim, and his son, Michael, on one of the most epic trips to date! I have since decided to share it with will all of our Provo River Guide Service clients what this adventure was like. It is hard to put in words how exciting the fishing is on the upper Green River. I will try my best to describe what the last two days of fishing was like on the trip. On our first day, I decided to meet Jim and Michael at the camp ground at seven in the morning to get an early start. After setting up the shuttle, we were in the boat and on the river around 7:30 AM, just as the sun was coming up. The weather was a perfect, light drizzle and not a touch of wind. On our first pass in the 'camp ground' hole, both Jim and Michael hooked up on 16"-20" rainbow trout. We spent the next couple of hours back rowing that run. Unbelievably, we didn’t do one pass through the run with out either Michael or Jim hooking up or both at the same time. You know you are in for a good day when Jim tells you that his trip is already made and the rest of the day’s catch are just a bonus.
Well, the next two days proved to be just as good as our first couple of hours. We had nonstop action with big rainbow trout and brown trout to the net continuously. At the end of the trip I asked Jim to share his experience of the Green River. This was his reply...
“I have fly fished the rivers of Alaska 5 different times and I have fished the Upper Green River in Wyoming 4 times. There are more similarities than there are differences. Both experiences are best appreciated within a drift boat with some wading in key holes. Both regions not only give the angler plenty of opportunity at real trophies, but also provide a scenic experience where moose, eagles, and water fowl are regular sightings. Like Alaska, the Upper Green River provides trophy fishing for multiple species; on the Green it's Rainbows, Browns, Cutbows, and Cutthroats.”
“Every time I have fished the Upper Green, I, and my fishing partner, have caught trout that are worthy of being compared to those found in Alaska: 20" Snake River Cutthroat, 23" brown trout, and a 24" rainbow trout are three such examples. The Upper Green River is truly a great trophy fishery and can stand side by side the best fly fishing rivers in Alaska.”
The most common question that our guests ask at the beginning or end of a guided fly fishing trip is, “When is the best time to fly fish in Utah?” I am not sure that one season is better than the other. Based on the consensus of our guides, they most enjoy guiding and fly fishing in Utah in the fall. With the foliage changing, the landscape in and around the river is spectacular. The fly fishing on the Provo River is as good as any time of the year and some can argue it might even be the best time. The morning in early autumn days are filled with incredible dry fly fishing with big caddis patterns that bring some of the most exciting top water strikes of the year. In the afternoon, you get a PMD and a blue winged olive hatch simultaneously with tens of thousands of bugs floating down the river. You are sure to find plenty of fish rising on the surface. For those of you who are streamer junkies, this is what you have been waiting for all year. As the big browns get ready to spawn they seem to be much more territorial and aggressive. Presenting a large meat offering streamer is sure to draw some violent strikes on the Provo River system right now.
As for a tourist looking for a fly fishing adventure, I would argue that the fall is the best time to visit Park City for a fly fishing adventure. With most families back to school, Park City has a quiet, charming feel which so many of us have come to love over the years. Along side the mellow atmosphere, most major restaurants on Park City’s Main Street offer two for one specials.... which is also a nice perk.
PRGS is a year-round guide service. We pride ourselves as Park City fly fishing guides that we can put you on fish whatever the conditions are at any time of year. Whether you are an avid fly fisherman or just touching a fly rod for the first time, don’t let the time of year stop you from getting out on the water. -Jeff Harwin
This fish is beginning to get quite a bit of attention.... I received a call this morning inquiring whether we will be posting a picture on the internet. The angler that called, who has been fishing in the area for 20 years, had never seen a fish that size on the Provo River. He has made calls to fellow anglers across the country, none of which believe him. So here it is anglers.... Congratulations Jamie and guide Jeff on landing this behemoth brown trout on the middle Provo River, just a short 25 minutes from Park City, UT, August 3, 2013.
After having two consecutive winters in Park City with a low amount of snow pack we finally get a summer perfect for top water action. The middle and lower Provo River are right in the 350-400 CFS range and should stay around that flow until the beginning of September. I have written this in past Provo River fishing reports, but I will say it again, these flows are just perfect for fly fishing. In the last 5-10 years the flows on our dam controlled rivers such as the middle and lower Provo and Weber River have gradually increased in flow with every year. Believe it or not, but the voice of the fly fishermen in Utah asking for perfect flows is nothing in comparison to the water rights demands downstream. What I am a basically saying is, we might not see these perfect flows for quite sometime.
In the next week or two, we should see the middle and lower Provo River erupt with caddis. In past years, the dry fly fishing has been good even in high water. I can only imagine it will be spectacular this year. The beauty of the caddis hatch is that you can fish dry flies almost all day. Right around 7:30 AM, when the light starts to hit the water, the caddis from the night before come back to the water to lay their eggs. As these little moth like bugs are bouncing on the water, the trout don't hesitate to explode on them just as they are hovering over the surface. This exciting action usually last until 11:00 AM. Right as the caddis start to leave the water and go back into the bushes, the start of the first of many PMD's start to hatch. In the next hour the fish start to pod-up and sip these small yellow mayflies off the surface for the next 3-5 hours. Around 4 PM, it is a good idea to get off the water, get a bite to eat, and save your energy for the best fishing of the day. Around 8:30 PM or as the sun comes off the water, the caddis start hatching in swarms and it seems like every fish in the river is sitting down for the feast of their life. Pack a head lamp to prolong your day of fishing, or call it a night to rest up for an early day of fishing tomorrow. -Jeff Harwin
This is the time of year when Provo River Guide Service expands our local Utah fly fishing to the sacred Rivers X and small streams. Which we have found the fishing to be incredible! PRGS has had many clients out this past week, all of which have landed a fish in the 20-inch class. As much as I would love to give the details on these streams, what makes them so special is the low amount of traffic that you encounter on your fishing adventure. For us at Provo River Guide Service we value the experience that we share with our clients and our well kept secrets. While we stay rather tight lipped about these spots, we frequently update our Utah fishing report. This will give you all the information you need to have a successful day on our local waters.
As a boutique fly fishing outfitter, our guides strive to give our guests a unique experience by expanding to other Utah Rivers, while reaching as far as Wyoming. We still guide the majority of our trips on our local Provo River and Weber River systems, but by offering these options we diversify our clients repertoire of streams. This is the time of year we tend to encourage full day trips and driving a little bit further to make the most of the best fishing that Utah and Wyoming have to offer.
With a light snow pack and a mild winter, the run-off is almost done for the year. Prime time fishing should be happening in the next couple of weeks, all the way through the end of the month. Like clockwork, once the high water comes down, large bugs such as green drakes and stoneflies start to come off and put the fish in a feeding frenzy. For dry fly fishermen this is what they dream about, throwing a size 6-12 dry fly at large fish that are eager to take any offering that comes in their feeding lane. If you are looking to do a guide trip that is a little different than the average, please call or email us to inquire about one of these unforgettable fly fishing adventures. -Jeff Harwin
For the past 12 years I have been splitting my time between the Green River in Utah and our local Park City rivers. On the Green I am one of the lead Utah fly fishing guides for Spinnerfall, where I take clients fly fishing from a drift boat. The most common fish of Utah that we catch are brown and rainbow trout. This past week I kicked off my season with a string of trips where the fishing proved to be as solid as ever! Despite the less than pleasant weather conditions we had great success nymphing in the morning. Followed by stellar dry fly action with blue wings in the afternoon. Try not to let the weather deter you, this time of year always lends itself to exceptional fly fishing.
Since starting a family, it gets harder every year to leave Park City. But with the great fishing and beautiful scenery, I am reminded why I do it year after year. If you are interested in booking a trip, call me at 435-901-3133. I look forward to seeing you all up there! -Jeremy Rogers
On March 26, 2013 I guided a savvy angler, Russell from Banchory Scotland. I took him to the middle Provo River. Russell had never been fly fishing in Utah before. He is from a small town approximately 20 miles west of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is adjacent to the world famous, Atlantic Salmon fishery, the River Dee.
On Tuesday morning it was quiet on the river when we arrived at nine a.m., at which we were able to lock in a great piece of water. Until now, the trout fishing he had done was with a dry fly or Chech style nymphing. Due to Russell's salmon fishing roots, he had never used an indicator. No problem, he picked it up very quickly. After landing eight fish on the nymph rig and loosing a few more, the fish started to show their noses, we switched to the dry and Russell found himself right at home. The light was flat at first, but once the sun began to cooperate, Russ started lighting them up! The most successful rig was the double hackle stacker (DHS) midge cluster with a thread midge for a dropper.
After countless fish on this set up we moved to the head of the hole, where the water was much faster. A little more weight was required, so we finished off the day with a shallow nymph rig. Using the same thread midge with a Baetis pattern. This killed it in the fast water.
Russell was blown away by the quality of our trout and he couldn't believe we could catch that many fish, in a single hole, without having to move! Russell has made annual trips to the area to snowboard and for other winter utah recreation, but I am confident he will be back to fish again. -Jeremy Rogers
After some reservations due to the weather, Dick and Casey went for it! I took the father daughter duo fly fishing on the middle Provo River where Casey caught her first fish on a fly! Oh, and did I mention, Casey is four months pregnant! What a rock star.
I picked them up at 10:30 a.m. in Park City and headed to the middle Provo River. We set up just below cottonwood bridge where the blizzard like conditions certainly did not affect the fishing. Initially, I set Casey up with a nymph rig with black thread midge, and in five casts she hooked two fish. Both got away but she got the hang of it and ultimately brought six fish to the net. Dick was set up on a double dry midge rig, unfortunately at that hour the fish weren't targeting the dry. Casey, the first timer, was smoking him. The nymphing was to good to pass up. He landed a few, the fish started to rise, he went back to the dry fly, and put a whoop on them! Needless to say the fishing yesterday was stellar! This just goes to show.... if you don't go, you won't know! -Jeremy Rogers
Provo River Guide Service has stayed busy, with fourtrips out this holiday week. We fly fished on both the lower and middle Provo River. Fishing has remained the same with noses on the surface and fish targeting the midge pattern dry fly.
Monday the traffic on the river was heavy, but who wouldn't want to be out, it was a beautiful day in Utah! I was at bunny farm on the middle section of the Provo River with long time client, Ernie. We talked to a couple angers who were having a tough day, but we had a successful day fishing with dry flies!
On Tuesday, I took a trip to the lower Provo River and it fished well, the hatch was awesome. We were just up from the campground and on on the water by 10 a.m.. At times the hatch was so thick it made the dry fly fishing frustrating because there was so many midge clusters for the fish to choose from. The hatch slowed around 12:30 p.m. Many fish were caught and many fish were missed, but among those caught were a few 17 inch plus brown trout. We saw a couple blue winged olives on the water. Which leads me to believe it won't be long before we start seeing this hatch!
Fly fishing on the lower today was decent. Ernie came back with his partner in crime, Mikey. Which always makes for an entertaining day catching fish of utah! The dry fly fishing was solid from 10 a.m. to about 12.30. When the wind was down the fish came up. We caught rainbow trout and brown trout. Unfortunately our nicest fish of the day popped the hook! Overall I was pleased with the day. Despite the wind chill we had plenty of opportunities and lots of laughs. -Jeremy Rogers
The Provo River Guide Service is excited to have had its first multi-trip day yesterday. The first fly fishing trip on Monday, February 18, was with my long time client, Darin. For the first time, he was bringing his 20-year-old daughter, Hannah. I can't say I wasn't concerned with how she would handle the below freezing temperatures. Well, she proved me wrong!
With such beautiful weather over the holiday weekend, I found it to bring a significant amount of fly fishing traffic to rivers in Utah. After fishing the lower Provo River for an hour, and struggling to be able to set up in good water, I decided to change gears. We packed up and headed to the middle section of the Provo. As we crossed the bridge on River Road I noticed “dead raccoon” hole was open. Which is a perfect place for a father and daughter to fish simultaneously. Despite the fish rising, Darin and I decided it was best to start Hannah with a light nymph rig. Within five minutes Hannah was hooked up! We went on to have non-stop action for next 2 hours.
Unfortunately, we had more fish on the line than what we brought to the net. As guides we tend to put pressure on ourselves to bring in numbers. This trip was a reminder that the experience is as important. Yesterday the number of fish landed was not nearly as significant as a father sharing his love for fly fishing with his daughter. My hope is that after a fun morning of fishing, Darin has reeled in a fly fishing partner for life. -Jeff Harwin
Yesterday I guided long time client Ernie on the lower Provo River, just 35 minutes from Park City, UT. We were on the river just before 10 a.m., and could see fish were active and feeding off the surface. We were just up from the Sundance Resort below the railroad trestle. Ernie was surprised for the month of February at how many fish were rising that early in the morning. It was only going to get better!
In the first hole we fished, we eyed a nice pod of fish at the surface. Ernie landed four brown trout before spooking the rest of the pod. From there we moved upstream, just above the railroad trestle. This stretch was just as active with noses dimpling the surface and eating midge clusters. The water type was very smooth and slow drifting. The ideal solution is an across and downstream presentation with your fly. By not casting over the fish, there is a better chance the fish will stick around. Ernie was able to hook another five brown trout. We used a hackle stacker midge pattern followed by a very small (size 20) midge cluster, about 18 inches apart on your line. This piece of water provided about 35 minutes of consistent rising trout before the sun settled the hatch and the fish stopped feeding. Like a light switch the surface activity turned off. We nymphed the next few holes and landed four more brown trout. We used an olive midge with a blue-winged olive nymph about 18 inches apart. Overall not a bad day of fly fishing for the seventh of February! Stay tuned for an updated Utah fishing report. -Jeremy Rogers