Fly Fishing in Park City has been excellent throughout the first half of July.
Our local rivers and streams have settled down and normalized from the intense runoff we had this year. Most, if not all, of our reservoirs are at or near capacity. This could certainly bode well for the health of our fisheries, especially if flows are managed consistently and in a manner to keep water temps down.
Lower Provo -505 cfs and clear
Middle Provo – 501 cfs and clear
Weber River below Rockport – 87.2 cfs and clear
As the rivers have come down to somewhat normal flows the fish have settled into their traditional runs and the fishing has been good. The Middle Provo especially seems to be in really great shape.
- Drakes – The Green Drake hatch has been sporadic. However, they are around and fish are on them. Look for cooler overcast days and you may see a more intense hatch. The Uinta Basin has had good hatches and in places, the hatches are still very robust.
- PMD’s – as the rivers settle into a consistent flow these bugs will start to hatch until there are no more eggs to hatch. This could last well into late summer early fall and it is a mid summer mainstay on our systems here in Park City. Be prepared with a variety of patterns, trout are feeding on them in their nymphal form and most hatches have been popping between 1-4pm. Again, cloudy cooler days (if we have any in our near future) will help the hatch along.
- Midges – We have had great success fishing midges larvae and pupae under an indicator for the past cpl of weeks. A variety of colors, shapes and sizes have been working. Don’t leave home with out a variety of patterns, especially if you are fishing on the Middle. We have seen some great midge hatches early to mid morning and in certain spots, guests have had some great dry fly eats.
- Caddis – Caddis are popping on most days and recently we are seeing good activities in the riffles and pocket water. When it is sunny and warm outside the fish will seek more oxygenated water. Try an olive x-caddis in the riffle next time you are on the water.
We are in the thick of it and the fishing should be peaking almost anywhere you decide to go. Be sure to check your weather and flows. There is still a lot of water, so be cautious when attempting to cross. Keep hydrated and keep getting after it. If you have any questions or would like to book a guided trip, give us a call!
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