High water and runoff continue to dominate the local river scene. Both, tailwaters and freestones are currently affected and we would anticipate this pattern through the first half of June. There is still a lot of snow in the high country.
Lower Provo – 979 cfs and clear
Middle Provo – 978 cfs and clear
Weber River – 280 cfs and off color
Despite the high water, good fly fishing can still be had. It will take some work but there are good chances at fish if you know what you are looking for.
- Look for holding water, trout will escape to protective cover or conditions that shelter them from the overwhelming current.
- Be thoughtful and observant, you may be standing in their holding water.
- Not too many bugs in the air? Restructure your match the hatch mentality. Think of what the river is doing right now and triangulate what kind of food sources may be available.
- The river has been pretty empty, but you may have to get there a little earlier. High water makes for fewer places to fish.
- Seeing something on the other side of the river that looks promising? Save it for later and lesser flows. DO NOT cross. It is dangerous and you’ll most likely die.
Be patient, these flows will eventually come down and we’ll be rewarded with a healthy and re-invigorated fishery. We know it is tough, however these are conditions that ultimately make us better anglers. Keep at it and if you need any pointers or would like to book a guided trip, give us a call!