Spring Fly Fishing Forecast Park City and Salt Lake City Utah
This is the Park City and Salt Lake City fly fishing report/forecast for Spring. Fly fishing in the Park City, Salt Lake City and Heber Valley area is great all year but the Spring fishing is some of the best. As we round the corner past Winter we’ll start to see those famous Provo River hatches. It’s that time of year where all fly fishing techniques will work. Nymphing, dry flies, streamers and swinging will all produce fish and in fact you could use all of these tactics in the same day. Scroll down for a current report.
Middle and Lower Provo River Spring
The Middle and Lower Provo rivers are on fire through the Spring months. Those famous migdge hatches you may have heard about go from late Winter into late Spring. They start off in the typical midge sizes (22-26) but in March the giant Buffalo Midges hatch and are sized 18-16. Generally they hatch at around noon and last for a couple hours. Use Mother Shuckers in black, grey and brown. Nymph with Jeongs patterns in black and brown also standard zebra midges in black work great.
Just as the big midges are hitting their peak the Blue Winged Olives will start to hatch making for a full afternoon of dry fly fishing opportunities. Look for the olive mayflies at about 1pm. A couple great patterns for this hatch are the Comparadun in olive and No Seeums in grey size 18-20. The nymphing before, during and after this hatch can be truly spectacular. Cooler cloudy days will bring the strongest hatches. Check the Reports and Hatches page for more Utah fly fishing reports. You can check current flows here
Current Spring Fly Fishing Report Park City/Salt Lake City
Fishing Report Middle Provo River Spring
April 20 2023 – The river flows doubled tp 605 cfs about a week ago and the trout have settled into their spots with the bigger water. Nymphing has been good using midges, caddis larvae and worms. There are some tiny midges hatching in the morning but with the bigger flows trout aren’t rising for them.
March 20 2023 – I was in the farm today and there were fish rising all morning with the main hatch starting around 1:00. Nymphing was okay with grey and black midges in 26-22 being best.
March 17 2023- The weather was great today with sunshine and no wind. Nymphing was good all morning. Buffalo midges made an incredible appearance at about 1:00 today. Fish were rising all morning but went nuts when the main hatch started. Grey shuckers worked great but it probably didn’t even matter.
April 4 2022 – The Buffalo Midges are still hatching at around noon depending on where you are and what the the weather is doing also the blue winged olives are starting to make an appearance. Look for them around 1:00. Nymphing small midges in the morning and blue wing emergers in the afternoon has been good with black or grey being the better colors. Still good dry fly opportunities with midges and blue winged olives in the afternoon, try shuckers in brown and standard BWO patterns to trick those smart Middle Provo Browns.
April 18th 2021 – The middle Provo is fishing good in the morning with small midges in the 24-28 range with black and grey being best. Still some big midges hatching in the upper stretch. BWO’s are out around 1:00 pm and nymphing with black or grey emergers is great. Flows are still low at around 145cfs.
April 6th 2021 – The Buffalo Midges are still hanging on but fading out. The BWO’s are finally starting to make an appearance around 1- 1:30. Nymphing has been good throughout the day with midge and BWO patterns. Comparaduns and No Seeums have been great for the BWO hatch and Mother Shuckers in grey or brown are good for the midge hatch.
Fishing Report Lower Provo River Spring
March 20 2023 – The lower has definitely picked up from when I was there a few weeks ago. Nymphing has been good using midges size 22-24 in brown and black. Some bigger midges are out as well as some blue winged olives in the afternoon.
April 4th 2022 – The Lower Provo has been on fire to start the Spring with lots of midges in the morning and Blue Winged Olives around 12:00 – 1:00 in the afternoon and the trout are certainly happy to see them. Nymphing has been absolutely insane with all the bug life drifting through the river, using midges in the morning and BWO emergers in the afternoon is the ticket. When that BWO hatch starts fishing can be truly stupid whether you’re nymphing or throwing dries. Darker colored emergers have been best for me but grey and olive are also producing.
April 18th 2021 – The Lower continues to fish great! Nymphing small midges 24-26 in the morning in brown, black and grey has been good. BWO’s are still hatching at around 1:00 and trout are still rising to them. Nymphing with a BWO emerger and a midge in the afternoon has been great. Flows are still really low in the 130-150cfs range.
April 6th 2021 – The Lower Provo has been on fire. Midge hatches in the morning and afternoon with a strong BWO hatch at about 1:30. Nymphing has been incredible with small midges in the 22-24 range in black, brown or yellow. BWO emergers are crushing trout all day but are best in the afternoon. Comparaduns, Comparadun Sparkle Emergers and No Seeums are deadly on the surface. Small Mother Shuckers, Griffiths Knats and Orange Ashers are great for the midge hatches.