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.
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