Provo River Fishing Report from Park City Fly Fishing Company

Thursday, 14 Apr, 2016
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If you are visiting Park City, Utah and looking for an outdoor activity, it might be a surprise to you that the ski resorts are already closed. Not to worry, spring provides some of the best fly fishing Park City has to offer.  The Middle Provo River is still flowing around 150 CFS ( cubic feet per second). The flows on the Middle Provo River should start to increase in flow the next few weeks as we get ready for spring run-off. The best fishing on the Middle Provo River has been in the afternoon. The Blue Winged Olive hatch starts around noon and goes for 2-4 hours depending on the day. For nymphing, Park City Fly Fishing Company guides are having the best success on a 4-6 foot rig with 6x tippet. We are using a Blue Winged Olive nymph like a Barr’s emerger in size 20-22 as our point fly and 22-24 thread midge trailed behind it. The best dry fly fishing is on overcast days. Keep in mind that the hatch usually takes a little longer in the day to get going when it’s not sunny out.

The flows on the Lower Provo River have come up about 60 CFS in the last week. The increase in flows have made fish become more active, feeding on sow bugs and other crustaceans.  The flows have also opened up more water to fish as well. With the increased water flows, we are spending more time on the Lower Provo River than anywhere else simply because it has made the fishing the best around. The dry fly fishing has suffered a little bit with the water flow increasing, but the nymph fishing has more than made up for it. We are fishing a double sow bug rig with a size 14-16 sow bug as our point fly and a size 20-22 sow bug trailed behind it. The fishing in the shallows has been excellent. If you shorten your nymph rig and stay close to the bank, you should have an excellent day fly fishing.
Fishing Water Report
The Provo River features a premier blue ribbon trout fishery close to Utah's major cities. Brown and rainbow trout mature to record lengths in the Provo, with a most fish running 18 ... moreinches or bigger. In some areas the Provo offers 3,000 or more trout per mile. As a result, the waters of the Provo River provide exceptional recreation.

The Provo River flows through Utah County and Wasatch County, Utah. It rises in the Uinta Mountains at Washington Lake and flows about 70 miles southwest to Utah Lake at the city of Provo, Utah. The main branches of Provo River are the North Fork Provo River and the South Fork Provo River. In the Provo you'll find: Brown Trout, Common Carp, Cutthroat Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, and White Bass.
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Park City Fly Fishing Company guides have over 40 years of experience guiding in the Park City area and through out Utah. Within 30-minutes drive of Park City there is one of the widest ... moreselections of world-class trout fisheries in the world. There’s the Lower Provo River, Middle Provo River, Weber River, and for those seeking variety, a little farther away, the Upper Green and many other secret spots that hold big fish.

Anglers new to the world-renowned Provo River (as well as our many other local blue ribbon fisheries) are shocked at the size and quantity of fish. With over 40-years combined experience, our guides know preparation is key to having a great day of fishing. Whether you’re new to fly fishing or very experienced, our guides are dedicated to getting you on the most productive water, with the right flies, using the best technique.

Our goal is to give you an experience of a lifetime that keeps you coming back year after year.

“The look on someone’s face when they land their first 20-inch trout is what gets us up before dawn checking river conditions and tying flies.” – Jeff Harwin, Owner and Head Guide
Reported Trip
  • Expert guide
  • Flies, tippet, and leader
  • Drinks
  • Lunch and snacks for full-day trips
The Lower Provo River is a 30-minute drive from Park City and is a true tailwater fishery, which means the fish benefit from cold-oxygenated water all-year round. It flows out of Deer ... moreCreek Reservoir winding down 20 miles to Utah Lake. With the exquisite backdrop of Mt. Timpanogos and the Wasatch mountain range it flows through the Provo Canyon and is described as one large riffle. The Lower Provo River is known for its abundance of large Rainbow and Brown trout, with easy access through a railroad track following the river. The excellent bug life and a year-around diet of sow bugs make the trout fat and healthy. An average size trout on the lower Provo River is approximately 16-18 inches; surely putting a bend in your rod.

The blue-winged olive hatch in the springtime is second to none, making the Lower Provo a guide favorite in the early season. The Lower Provo also gets a heavy hatch of PMDs and caddis in the summer months. Unlike the Middle Provo River, the Lower Provo River provides the ability to float the river. We do the majority of our trips on the Lower Provo River in the spring and early summer. This is due to two factors, the fishing is most active in the early parts of the year before the moss settles in and makes it very difficult to fish. Also the Lower Provo River is a favorite among locals to float down with a tube in the Middle of the summer once school gets out. Park City Fly Fishing Company can get you to all the sweet spots on this incredible fishery.

Because many of our clients fly in from out of town, we provide all the fly fishing equipment you will need. Clients are welcome to bring their own gear. All equipment is high quality and includes:



Fly rod and reel

Terminal tackle

Split shot



Of course, all trips include cold or warm drinks depending on the weather. All full-day trips also include snacks and a delicious lunch.
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