Provo River Reports

provo river brown troutWe don’t write many reports for the Provo River but have heard a lot of good things about the different sections so I wanted to share.


Lower Provo River:

I haven’t fished for a week or so but have heard from many that PMD’s are coming off mid day.  You will see major PMD hatches on most good stretches if the weather cooperates.  Also there has been fair success with hoppers along the banks, if you are going to fish hoppers don’t hesitate to also put on some bigger streamers and pound the banks as well.  There are some big fish that will chase and kills those streamers.  The only tough thing about fishing hoppers and streamers on the lower is that you need to be on the move constantly and with as many anglers and tubbers it is hard.  For the lower your typical nymphs will always apply flashback pheasant tails, Higa SOS’s, Sowbugs, Hare’s Ear and Caddis and have 16 and 18 sizes.  if you are planning on going fishing and can stay late then do it.  Some of my favorite dry fly action of the whole year is late night Caddis hatches.  The hatch will always start later than you think and only last for about 45 min to 1 hour so be ready and always use a double fly setup, Caddis adult with some type of Caddis emerger or X Caddis.  Water levels are steady and water is clear, about what they should be for mid August.


Middle Provo River:

Some of the same stuff for the middle section.  The dry’s have been reported to be a bit smaller as of late so use size 18, as for nymphs 16 to 18 are good.   Same flies apply Blue-wing olives, PMD’s, Midges, Sowbugs, Ribbed Hares’ Ear are nymphs you should have in your box if you are going.  Any variation of these patterns also I am sure will do well.  Grasshopper imitations are a popular pattern right now.  Last time I fished the middle a couple weeks ago the water looked great, clear, not to high but it was tough fishing.  Only landed a few fish but have heard it has turned on a bit since then.  Water flow is good and running clear.


Upper Provo River:

I haven’t heard anything about sections of the upper section.  Obviously it is hard to get in the river up there so those that have the relationships to get through the private land I am sure are having a great time catch some good fish.  If anyone has any reports from the upper please make a comment.


Always remember when you are fishing dries use a dry – dropper setup.


Here is a video from last year fishing the PMD’s


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6 Responses to “Provo River Reports”

  1. kglissmeyer Says:

    What kind of camera are you using? Great report.


    Big Hoss Reply:

    i have an olympus tough stylus. i love it….it is almost unbreakable and water proof. takes great shots and the video is alright….not the best but good enough. i want to get a go pro.


  2. kglissmeyer Says:

    Thanks. I have a Pentax Optio W90, but just haven’t played around with the video yet. I’ve been looking at the Go Pro as well. Good luck and thanks for sharing your day. I love that river, just don’t live close enough any more to fish it regularly, but can’t complain since the H Fork and S Fork Snake are just minutes from me…


    Big Hoss Reply:

    I love the provo as well but the H fork and S fork would be my fist option every time.


  3. Chad Says:

    Thanks for the report. I’m going to try to get out on the Provo this weekend. I usually fish right below Deer Creek, but I may try your spot one of these times.


    Big Hoss Reply:

    it is a great spot…..lots of traffic as you can see but the fish are always eager to eat. Try that spot there too for a night caddis hatch.


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