Park City Fly Fishing At Its Best!
Autumn has arrived and it is a great time for a quiet escape. Not to mention, one of the most beautiful times to visit the area.
Recently, the flows have dropped on the Middle Provo River and this week’s cooler temperatures and stormy weather should start to get our local Baetids cranked up. One of our favorite Provo River hatches, these mayflies hatch in prolific numbers. As nymphs, they are outstanding swimmers, but they tend to struggle with their mobility as they begin to transition and emerge as adults. At this vulnerable stage, they tend to be easy targets for trout as they struggle to the surface.
Hence, some of our favorite flies are emerger and cripple patterns.
A few of our favorites from top to bottom. Morrish’s May Day May and Quigley’s Hackle Stacker are excellent dun/cripple patterns. The Big Bear and RS2 are classic and steady mainstays in our emerger boxes and the Radiation Baetis is a newbie, just recently added to our nymphing rotation.
They’re all super tasty – and proven as well.
There will be a sweet-spot for this hatch. As time passes its intensity will wain. That first week to 10 days is always the best. So get out there and enjoy yourselves! It won’t last forever.