This is the January 2020 Utah fishing report for the Park City, Salt Lake City and Heber Valley areas. The new year is here and the rivers are in great condition. Last years big runoff has done the trout, the rivers and the bug life some good. Look for great fishing opportunities throughout the month with late January really picking up. The brown trout spawn is about over and the trout will settle back into their normal routine of eating bugs. Nymphing has been good and the dry fly fishing has been pretty consistent. Book a guided fly fishing trip and learn some tricks for fishing Utah’s rivers during the Winter months.
The Lower Provo has been flowing at it’s normal Winter flow at around 145 cfs. Look for flows to be in this range until Spring. With the cold temperatures most of the moss has begun to freeze off and we should have more open water until next Fall. The standard Winter flies for the Lower have been producing good numbers of brown and rainbow trout. I’ve been doing well with small sowbugs in the 22-24 range in light grey. Also small yellow or brown midges with a copper bead fished above the sowbug has been fooling good numbers of both brown and rainbow trout. The upper section from Hoovers Hole to the dam has had a decent midge hatch at first light and again in the afternoon. Orange Ashers and small Griffiths Knats size 24-26 have been tricking those smart Winter risers. You can check the current river conditions here.
The Middle Provo river has been flowing at it’s normal Winter flow at around 125 cfs and should remain there until Spring. Fishing has been okay with some decent midge hatches on the upper section of river. With the colder January temperatures we should see good midge hatches midday. I’ve done best nymphing midge patterns in the 26-28 sizes with black zebra midges being the most productive. Red and greys have also been producing. Sowbugs and blood midges in the 22 range have also been catching some trout. For dry fly fishing, tiny (26-28) Mother Shuckers and Orange Ashers have been fooling those super picky risers. You can check the current river conditions here.