Lower Provo 470CFS
The Lower Provo flows are still bouncing around depending on weather and usage. The overall trend has been down though. Flows should start to recede and stable out as September progresses. At these levels you can start to cross again. The water has remained remarkably clear for this time of year. Usually we are seeing that silt grey color with warm temperatures. It is still a little off color. The water temperatures are a little on the high side. 62 degrees being released at the dam and 64 degrees just a few miles downstream at midday. These higher water temps do not allow enough dissolved oxygen in the water and the trout become pretty lethargic. This has had the effect of making the fishing just OK. Hopefully we get some cooler ambient temperatures to cool Deer Creek Reservoir off. Mornings have been in the high 30’s and afternoons still in the 80’s, pretty nice on the whole. The grass growth has also remained in check pretty much. As the flows change the grass gets dislodged and there is a lot of it in the drift. If the water gets below 300 CFS it will start to be tough to fish the channels between the weeds. But if it stays above 350CFS it’s not too bad. We are heading into that transition time of year. There are still some PMD’s and caddis but they are getting more sporadic. We will have to wait for the Psuedo’s to get some real consistent fly fishing back. If we have a warm September maybe the terrestrial fly fishing will hold us over. Not counting on it though. It hasn’t been very good so far. Hard to work the banks on the lower when the water flows are up. May just have to rely on the staples- scuds and sow bugs. At least the rubber hatch is tapering also.
Middle Provo 570-650 CFS
Fly fishing on the Middle has been some work at times. Flows are much higher than they should be. But the beauty of the colors changing and wildlife moving around makes it a special time of year. We are also heading into that fall transition mode for fly fishing on the Middle Provo. Some sections still have good PMD’s and caddis, some don’t. There have been good midge hatches in the morning and we have been getting a lot of eats on #22-#24 winter midge patterns. Some fall caddis showing up also. Go old school, Pt’s, zebras, wd-40, and brassies. A few of the Psuedo’s are showing up and nymphing has been good with just a little dry fly fishing thrown in. Scuds have worked well in the afternoons. The normal play book is to lower the flows on Sept. 1 to about 250CFS. That has not happened yet. When that does happen usually things get better. Keep a check on the flows on our links page. Once we get to lower flows you can still fish the banks with hoppers and the dry fly mayfly fishing should pick up. There has been some good afternoons above cottonwood in the flats on the dry. Hope they lower the water soon. Water temperatures at the dam are at a perfect 50 degrees and Charleston is at a manageable 57 degrees.
Weber River 159CFS
The Weber has been lowered a touch to a very nice fishing level. Unfortunately that hasn’t helped things much. It has exposed a lot of the weeds and made things pretty difficult it those spots. This should be prime time hopper fishing on the weber but even the last cutting of the hay fields has not stirred the big browns into action. Its wait and see. Still some caddis around and a few Pmd’s. Afternoons and evenings have been the best still.
Small Streams, creeks and tailwaters around Park City, Utah
With the cooling of the weather at the higher elevations things have stayed pretty decent. Beaver ponds around 8k feet have been especially active. Those cutthroat know what is coming. They need to eat while they can. Flows on the Upper Provo are at alright levels at about 60 cfs or so. Still seeing some late caddis but a good freeze may end all that. Can still get the job done with stimis and caddis with a dropper of choice.
Remember all Strawberry River tributaries are closed to fly fishing till the 2nd Saturday of October. Check the guide book for other closures on our links page.
Hope to see you on the water,
Park City Anglers