Living on borrowed time
We’re usually skiing by now in Park City. However, we are enjoying what the month of November has provided for us so far. It has been pretty mild as Novembers go. There hasn’t been a ton of nasty weather, which has resulted in a fair amount of nice days to be out on the river.
Blue Wings and some limited caddis are still providing opportunities on the Middle Provo River. Size is critical and it seems most of the Blue Wings are somewhere in the #22-#24 range. Pretty small and hard to see if you’re throwing the dry. Tippet size matters too, 6x-7x is mandatory. You may be able to size down to a bigger bug and heavier tippet on a cloudy day. However, the trout have become quite keen and selective.
As winter conditions start to become the norm, expect this hatch to wain. And then we wait:)
Honestly, we are hoping for a strong and robust winter! As much as we don’t complain about having guide trips in February, we would much rather have plenty of water next summer.
Winter flows are in full effect on all of our rivers and streams. Everything is low but pretty normal, except for the Weber River. It is flowing at 33 cubic feet/sec. out of Rockport. In our opinion, that’s a little too low for the long term health of the fishery. Hopefully they’ll find a way to bump it up. Regardless, we recommend giving it a break until higher flows return in the spring. The Middle Provo is at 150 cubic feet/sec. and the Lower Provo is at 100 cubic feet/sec.
Most likely this will be the last conditions report for a while. Once the fall hatches conclude there isn’t much worth commenting on. However, we will keep thinking of things to write about on our Resources page. We would like to thank you all for supporting us in our endeavor. We hope you were able to enjoy your friends and family over the holiday. Look forward to our Holiday Gift Guide, appearing sometime soon.