This fish doesn’t belong on this river

March 20, 2012

Fly Fishing Utah, Provo River

Fat Rainbow Trout on the Provo RiverI have fished the Lower Provo River my whole life and have caught many many fish on this section. I have seen a handful of colorful fat rainbow trout over the years but nothing like this fish. I hadn’t been fishing for a few weeks so Dave Hancey and I decided to take the afternoon and the river. The water levels were down a bit from the last time I saw the river and running clear. We decided to hit a section of river I hadn’t fished for about a year. When we got there we scouted the water a bit and saw a few runs we wanted to hit right off. We fished about 20 min with no action switching flies a few times. We had both tied on a grey sowbug and within 1 min we had a double up. Both these fish were smaller browns but very healthy and colorful. We walked down the middle of the river hitting skinny water on the edges. I found a nice run that was pretty shallow so took off my split shot so I only had the weight of my flies and landed one really nice Rainbow and hooked another that got off. for the next couple hours we just worked our way down the river catching a handful of fish. Towards the end of the day we ended up in a nice deep run where Dave landed one of the biggest fish I have seen on the lower section. It wasn’t the longest fish I have seen but for sure one of the fattest. When I netted it for him my first thought was that this fish doesn’t belong here. I have seen fish like this on the Madison River and San Juan River but never on the Provo River.  We ended up landing a couple more fish and called it day.

One thing to remember is when nymph fishing and you are not catching fish is first change your depth and weight before you change your fly.

Here is a quick video of the day.

 

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8 Responses to “This fish doesn’t belong on this river”

  1. Matthew Brown Says:

    Dang those look like Green River rainbows! Nicely done!

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    Big Hoss Reply:

    Thanks, great point…they do look like Green River rainbows, they also resemble Madison River bows as well.

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  2. mike doughty Says:

    that is a great looking ‘bow’

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  3. Spell Checker Says:

    Spell check “When i netted it for him my first thought was that this fish doesn’t…below….here. ” Don’t you mean BELONG here…and shouldn’t “I” be capitalized?

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    Big Hoss Reply:

    Thanks for check. Sometimes stuff like that slips through the cracks.

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  4. David Cooper Says:

    Nice fish! I NEVER fish without a sow as my second bug on the Provo.

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  5. Johnny Says:

    I read your article last night.
    I went fishing this afternoon on the lower provo w/a grey sowbug
    Caught the same looking rainbow :)

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  6. Steven Says:

    I have caught a few fish on the provo and agree that is one of the most beautifully colored trout I have seen. Always fun to see what will end up on the end of that line!

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