Lower Provo 600-700 CFS
Water has been stopped over the spillway on the Lower Provo River and now we should be back to regular releases from the dam. Water flows are still a little high for what we like to see this time of year. Hopefully, we will get to that 250-500 CFS range soon. These flows at 700+ should begin to trend down. That being said fishing is still quite good. PMD’s are starting to show up in good numbers as are stoneflies and a few caddis. Still the best fishing is along the edges and back eddies. As soon as the river drops a bit more, summer fly fishing should be on. The river bottom has changed quite a bit this year during the high water. Gravel has built up in areas and been scoured out in others. Some of your old fishing spots may have disappeared. Almost time to learn to fly fish the river all over again.
Middle Provo 400-600 CFS
Inflows into Jordanelle Reservoir are starting to drop dramatically as the spring runoff has finally run itself out. Flows from the Duchesne River tunnel and Weber River diversion have also been cut back. Depending on irrigation needs we should see outflows to start to drop a little too. These are very fine
flows to fly fish the Middle Provo. Now that they have increased the release temperatures to 50 degrees
we should see an explosion of bug hatches that have been kept in check by colder water. Look for golden stones, Yellow sallies, Green drakes, Caddis, and PMD’s to all come alive in the next few days. We should have excellent surface fly fishing as well as good nymphing. Most of these hatches are mid-day to afternoon events. Look for these larger nymphs to start moving around 1 or so hours before emergence. Mornings are still very good fly fishing with small midges, and sow bugs.
Weber River 200 CFS
The Weber River is fly fishing very good pretty much throughout the day. Water is at good levels and is quite clear. Very few rising fish are to be found as is usually the case on this western stream. At this time there is a light Pmd hatch around mid-day but the fish are on them. These insects are smaller than in years past and you will need #18-20 to match. Sow bugs are still the main bill of fare and there are huge amounts available to the fish ranging in size from #12-20. Most are in the grey to green range.
Small Steams, Creeks and tailwaters near Park City, Utah
Most of our small streams and creeks are all at fishable levels now and are fly fishing very well. These are great streams to take in to escape the heat in the valley. Most of these areas fish the best with a dry dropper set up. Look for Pmd’s, caddis, stoneflies and Drakes. Upper Provo still needs to come down a bit but that should happen quite soon.
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Hope to see you on the water!
Park City Anglers