Utah Fly Fishing

There are thousands of natural lakes, reservoirs and mountain streams throughout the mountainous areas of Utah. Many are stocked with trout and other fish in a well run state program. Noteworthy fishing destinations include Flaming Gorge and the Uinta Mountains in the north, and Lake Powell in the south.

Destinations to consider are grouped by region below. Select any destination that interests you for more detailed information.

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Fly Fishing on the Provo River

The Provo River is one of America’s best rivers. It boasts stretches of 3,000 fish per mile and has extensive public access along the 25 miles of Blue Ribbon quality river. The Provo River supplies diverse hatches of mayflies, caddis, stoneflies and midges providing anglers with daily opportunities to cast a fly at actively feeding fish. Fisherman can catch fish on the Provo 363 days a year. Jordanelle Reservoir at the north end of the scenic Heber Valley is the first in a series of two dams on the Provo River. The water controlled by the variable release dam optimizes temperatures to grow trophy brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout year-round. This tailwater fishery has minimum flow requirements to maintain the high quality fishing experience, even during severe drought years. The Provo River has excellent access for anglers of all walks of life. There are access points within 30 feet of the rivers bank so that everyone has an opportunity to fish, or a three quarter mile walk-in for adventurous souls on Utah’s premier trout fishery. The Provo River is within 45 minutes of Salt Lake City, 15 minutes of Park City and 35 minutes of Provo.

pic of provo river bend
Almost 30 miles of river for uncrowded Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing.
image of provo river rainbow trout
Provo Rainbow

Green River

In the remote Northeast corner of Utah runs a river that needs no introduction. The Green River is known for its legendary hatches and exciting numbers of fish. This great stretch of river begins its journey at the Flaming Gorge Dam where its gin-clear water boasts high numbers of quality fish and amzaing pools, riffles and runs. Best fished from a drift boat, this river will provide you with memories to last a lifetime.

One of the Green River hatches to note is the Blue Winged Olive Hatch in the Spring. This hatch seems to bring all the fish to the surface, big and bigger. The BWO hatch is a real opportunity to catch a trophy fish on a small dry fly.

The BWO hatch is quickly followed up in May and June by the Cicadas. The Cicada, a burrowing insect that has varying yearly emergence, is similar in size to a cricket and can be heard “chirping” in the trees when the emergence is on. Although some years the emergence is stronger than others, there always seems to be enough to keep the fish very interested.

About the time that the Cicadas are gone, the summer is in full swing and ‘hoppers and other terrestrials are on the water. The Green is also home to midge, caddis and PMD hatches. The fall and winter can provide incredible streamer and bugger fishing and you can effectively fish nymphs year-round on the Green.

The Green River is approximately a 3 1/2 hour drive from Salt Lake City (and well worth it!). We would be happy to help your with local accommodations if needed.

The Weber River

The Weber River may be your only chance of finding true solitude close to the Greater Salt Lake Area. A moderate-sized river that is very similar to the Provo River in its water flows, the Weber has a strong population of large Brown Trout and hard fightin’ Whitefish.

Although the Weber is primarily a nymphing river, it does have a handful of hatches through out the year. Most notable of these hatches is a summer caddis that is prolific as any in the West, as well as blue-winged olives and winter midges.

The Strawberry River

The Strawberry River, sometimes referred to as a little bit of New Zealand in Utah’s, is a fine alternative to the Provo. Anglers can hunt for large browns in a small stream setting. The water if often quite clear and provides for great sight fishing challenges.

Blacksmith Fork

There are more fly fishing shops in the Cache Valley than anywhere else in Utah, according to fishing guide Steve Schmidt, author of Steve Schmidt’s Non Nonsense Guide to Fly Fishing in Utah.
The reason? A rich selection of quality trout fishing waters. Wild brown and cutthroat trout, as well as stocked rainbows, are found here in good numbers.

“A medium-sized piece of water by western standards, the Blacksmith Fork is, nevertheless, a diverse and challenging fishery,” Schmidt explains.

“From a small, sub-alpine stream gaining volume as it cascades through the canyon to the quality freestone water of the lower river, it offers a variety of options for the fly fisher. There is even a small section with spring creek-like conditions above a small hydroelectric dam about halfway downstream.”

Unfortunately, Blacksmith Fork has a history of being dewatered. In recent years with higher flows it has not been dewatered but it has a long history of total water removal during the summer irrigation season. Water users have the rights to the water and in dry years the stream for a few miles is dried up and fish become trapped in isolated pools. If there isn’t any flow the water warms, oxygen is depleted and eventually the fish die.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Flaming Gorge Reservoir is one of the largest bodies of water in Utah. It is second only to Lake Powell in size and recreational popularity. It was built to impound spring floods in the Green River and store them for year-round use for Arizona, Nevada, and southern California.

This reservoir holds the state record for several species of trout. Available fish species include rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon, and smallmouth bass. The lower end of the reservoir is in Red Canyon and the Flaming Gorge itself, while the upper part spills over the Wyoming deserts. Flaming Gorge and Red Canyon are both several thousand feet deep and with brick-red walls. They were named by John Wesley Powell, the leader of the first intensive exploration of the Green/Colorado Rivers. The dam was built in Red Canyon, the second of five deep canyons the Green River has carved through the Uinta Mountains. A lake, rather than a river, now lies at the bottom of the gorge.

Damming rivers is easiest in narrow canyons. Dams have been proposed in Ladore, Whirlpool and Split Mountain Canyons, but the dam in Red Canyon is the only one that has ever been built. Construction was begun in 1958 and completed in 1964. The 502 foot high dam was built out of concrete in an arch shape. Land surrounding the reservoir is managed by the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. Public access is unrestricted. Water is used for both culinary and irrigation purposes.

Bear Lake

Bear Lake is an 150 square mile lake set attractively between low, lightly timbered mountains. Anglers go for cutthroat and rainbow trout, mackinaw, whitefish and in winter Bonneville cisco.

The Uinta Mountains

The Uinta Mountains, Utah’s tallest mountain range, are dotted with thousands of small lakes. Over 600 of them are stocked regularly (by airplane) with trout fingerlings. Some lakes are accessible by car, but your best opportunities will take some hiking.

Logan River
Logan River is a blue-ribbon trout stream – one of the best in the Intermountain Region
https://utah.com/fishing/logan-river
Are Bear Lake
Are Ciscos a joy or a curse? These sardine size fish found only in Bear Lake haunt anglers with a curse of their own.
www.anglerguide.com/articles/112.html
Bear Lake, An Endemic Wonder
Bear Lake is truly a unique fishery because of the five endemic species that are present…
www.anglerguide.com/articles/710.html
Best Flies For Utah Waters
…a list of the best flies for Utah waters that would help my students…
http://redrockadventure.com/pages/Whatflies.htm
Chasing the Hatch
covers early season hatches on well known rivers such as the Green
www.flyfisherman.com/northwest/ffmspringhatch/index3.html
Common Insects on the Green River
There are three main hatches on the Green
http://redrockadventure.com/index.php/fish/utah-fishing-rivers-streams/green-river/859-common-insects-on-the-green-river
Fishing Browns Park
The Other Green River
http://redrockadventure.com/pages/bwnspk.htm/span>
Fishing in Northern Utah
Fishing in Northern Utah from Utah.com
www.utah.com/fish/northern.htm
Fishing the Green River Cicada
One of the most exciting, yet unique fishing experiences in the state is flyfishing on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir during the spring Cicada hatch.
http://redrockadventure.com/index.php/fish/utah-fishing-rivers-streams/green-river/252-fishing-the-green-river-cicada-hatch
Fishing the Green River from anglerguide.com
Fishing the Green River
www.anglerguide.com/articles/305.html
Fishing the Wild Strawberry River
Utah Outdoors article providing basic information about fishing the wild Strawberry River.
http://www.theriverdamsel.com/2011/05/berry-good-time.html
Flaming Gorge Rainbow Trout
Northeastern Utah
www.rmgameandfish.com/rm_aa054503a/index.html
Frostbitten fly fishing
Battling the elements — on principle
www.utahoutdoors.com/pages/winterfishing.htm
General Info on Fishing The Green River
utahoutdoors.com/pages/Greenfsinfo.htm
GORP – Green River
The 30 miles below Flaming Gorge Dam are generally broken down into 3 sections based on put-in and take-out points for boats;
gorp.com/gorp/publishers/menasha/trout/greenriv.htm
Green River
The Green river, from it’s majestic, yet humble beginnings in the Wind River Mountains
flyanglersonline.com/features/greatrivers/green
Green River – Trout Fishing Profile
The 30 miles below Flaming Gorge Dam are generally broken down into 3 sections based on put-in and take-out points for boats
away.com/gorp/publishers/menasha/trout/greenriv.htm
Green River – Utah Travel Guide
Travel guide to the Green River in Eastern Utah. Complete coverage of activities, lodging, photos, maps and more. Part of GO-UTAH.COM, Utah
go-utah.com/green_river
Green River description
from Trout Creek Flies guide service
www.fishgreenriver.com/green_river.htm
Green River Drifters
overview from professional flyfishing guide service offering 30 miles of prime tailwater flyfishing on Utah
greenriverdrifters.com/river.html
Green River Fly Fishing
lots of really good info from troutsource.com
www.troutsource.com/RiversFolder/Green.htm
Green River Fly Fishing Photos
some nice photo
www.troutsource.com/RiversFolder/Green%20Photos.htm
Green River, Utah
Blue Medal Trout Waters
away.com/gorp/activity/fishing/bm_trout6.htm
Green River, Wyoming-Utah
Green River, Wyoming/Utah – Information of theriver, fishing the river, seasons, maps and flies.The Premier Magazine for the Fly Fishing Enthusiast.
www.flyanglersonline.com/features/greatrivers/green
How to Fish the Provo River
www.utahoutdoors.com/pages/Provohow.htm
Provo river description
Western Rivers Flyfisher is a fly fishing retailer and outfitter located in Utah, providing guided fishing trips to the Green River, Provo River and other small streams.
www.wrflyfisher.com/guided/provo.html
Provo RIver description and photos
from http://utahflyfishing.com/
utahflyfishing.com/provoriver_u.html
Provo River overview
www.go-utah.com/Provo-River
Spring Olives on the Green River
www.flyfisherman.com/rmwest/rpugreen/index.html
Spring’s best on Green River
utahoutdoors.com/pages/springgreen.htm
Strawberry Reservoir description and photos
from http://utahflyfishing.com
utahflyfishing.com/strawberry.html
The Provo River in Utah
Introduction to the Provo River from flyfishrivers.com
www.flyfishrivers.com/Provoriver/Intro.html
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources fishing info
www.wildlife.utah.gov/fishing
Utah Fly Fishing Guides & Outfitters
the original outfitters of Utah’s famed Provo River as well as the only outfitter supplying trips to unmatched private, and surrounding waters.
www.utahflyfishing.com
Utahs Best Fly Fishing Waters
In Utah just a handful of waters command the attention of most fly fishers.
www.utahoutdoors.com/pages/flywaters.htm
Weekend Angler: Salt Lake City
Here’s a fact: Utah has some of the best trout fishing in the West…
away.com/gorp/location/ut/wa_saltlake.htm

Utah Hatch Charts
Green River hatch chart
Green River, Wy and UT hatch chart
www.bigyflyco.com/GreenRiverWyandUT.asp
Green River hatch chart
www.utahonthefly.com/entomology/charts/greenchart.htm
Green River Hatch Chart
from www.fishwest.net/utah/
www.fishwest.net/utah/hatchcharts/hc_green.htm
Ogden River hatch chart
www.utahonthefly.com/entomology/charts/ogdenchart.htm
Provo hatch chart
www.utahonthefly.com/entomology/charts/provochart.htm
Provo River Hatch Chart
from www.fishwest.net/utah/
www.fishwest.net/utah/hatchcharts/index.htm
Weber River hatch chart
www.utahonthefly.com/entomology/charts/weberchart.htm

Utah Fly Fishing Maps
Flaming Gorge Map from FlyFishingMaps.com
this is the first complete topographic map of this great fishing and recreation area adjacent to the Ashley National Forest.
www.flyfishingmaps.com/fg.htm
Green River Map
flyanglersonline.com/features/greatrivers/green/greenmap.html
Green River map from FlyFishingMaps.com
www.flyfishingmaps.com/gr.htm
Green River Maps
www.flyfishrivers.com/Greenriver/Greenriver.html
Green River Maps
www.quickbyte.com/order/GreenRiverMaps.html
Index and map to Utah Fishing waters
utahoutdoors.com/maps/Utahmap.htm
Lake Powell Map from FlyFishingMaps.com
www.flyfishingmaps.com/lp.htm
Map of The Provo
www.fishwestoutfitters.com/photo/water/34_20030927_cc4cb407553d000.j
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Provo River maps
www.flyfishrivers.com/Provoriver/Rivermaps.html
Uinta Lakes West Map from FlyFishingMaps.com
This map contains over 500 lakes in the High Uintas Wilderness Area of Utah not shown on any other map
www.flyfishingmaps.com/uw.htm

Utah Fly Fishing Reports
Current Green River Conditions
Current Green River Conditions and “Flycast” for Upcoming Conditions
quickbyte.com/greenriver/flycast.shtml
Fishbytes report
Utah fishing report from Utahoutdoors.com
utahoutdoors.com/fishbytes
Fishing Reports
Utah fishing reports for the entire state updated weekly.
www.utahfishfinder.com/fishing.shtml
Fishing Reports – Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
www.wildlife.utah.gov/fishing/weeklyreports.html
Fishing Summary for the Green River
from Western Rivers Flyfisher
www.wrflyfisher.com/rivers.php3?id=6159c3882d75fe9a9b7da75e0114c246
Fishing Summary for the Provo
from Western Rivers Flyfisher
www.wrflyfisher.com/rivers.php3?id=85e749a51835a9be8d81bec00d1945a8
Fishwest Outfitters Utah reports
Reports for the Provo, Green, L.C. Ranch and more
www.fishwestoutfitters.com/reports.php
Green River conditions
Western Rivers Flyfisher is a fly fishing retailer and outfitter located in Utah, providing guided fishing trips to the Green River, Provo River and other small streams.
www.wrflyfisher.com/condit/rivers.php3?id=6159c3882d75fe9a9b7da75e01
14c246
Green River Fishing Report
from Green River Drifters
greenriverdrifters.com/report.html
Green River report
from Flaming Gorge lodge
www.fglodge.com/greenriverfishing.htm
Green River Report by Dennis Breer
from Trout Creek Flies
www.fishgreenriver.com/Fishing%20Report.htm
Green River Reports
www.flyfishrivers.com/Greenriver/Fishreport.html
Green River reports
from Spinner Fall Guide Service
www.centralpt.com/pageview.aspx?menu=1065&id=3895
latest information on the Provo River, the Green River and many other
from Four Seasons Fly FIshers
utahflyfish.com/fishing_forecast.shtml
Northern Utah Fly Fishing Summary
from Western Rivers Flyfisher
www.wrflyfisher.com/rivers.php3?id=a417bb00b1d7843f6a2ba15bf0590e47
Utah Fishing
from anglerguide.com
www.anglerguide.com/utah
Utah Fly Fishing River Conditions and Hatch Reports
from TroutBum2 – includes Provo, Weber, Green and other reports
www.troutbum2.com/fishing_reports.shtml
Utha Fishing report
from Utah.com
www.utah.com/fish/fishbytes.htm

Utah Fly Fishing Shops

Fishwest.net Online Fly Shop
Salt Lake City, Utah 84171, 801-733-6452
www.fishwest.net
Fish Heads Fly Shop
32 South Main Street, Heber City, Utah, 435-657-2010
utahflyfish.com
Troutbum
4343 North Highway 224, Suite 101, Park City, Utah 435-658-1166
www.troutbum2.com
Western Rivers Flyfisher
1071 East 900 South Salt Lake City, UT 84105, 801-521-6424
www.wrflyfisher.com

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