When is the Best Time to Fly Fish in Utah?
The fishing season never closes in Utah. One of the most unique qualities Utah fly fishing has to offer is the opportunity to fish 365-days a year. Park City has two blue ribbon trout rivers within 15 minutes of Main Street, fishable year-round with many other options within an hour’s drive. So, when is the best time to fly fish in Utah? See below and decide for yourself, each season has tremendous opportunities to catch lots of fish.
Spring Fly Fishing (March – May)
Springtime brings the start of the first major mayfly hatch on the Provo River system and surrounding streams. This is a great time of year to double dip: ski in the morning and fish in the afternoon. The Lower Provo is a guide favorite early Spring with large Rainbows staging for the spawn and many eager Brown trout looking for blue winged olives. As we approach the month of May, temperatures continue to rise and the Weber River begins to provide some of the best dry fly fishing in the west with its memorable Mother’s Day Caddis hatches. Spring is truly a great time of year to fly fish in Park City.
Summer Fly Fishing (June – August)
Utah’s summer presents one of the most exciting times to fly fish because there are so many options. At the start of summer, we begin to see all the small streams and free stone rivers settle down from spring run-off. As the water clears, the rivers start to explode with the much-anticipated green drake and stone fly hatches. Early summer, there is no better Utah fly fishing combination: small streams, big dries and large trout. After the small streams have peaked, the Provo River starts to really pick up with the start of Green Drakes. The Green Drake hatch on the Middle section of the Provo River is nothing short of legendary. PMD’s and a variety of Caddis hatches will then carry us through the remainder of summer and into the early fall.
Fall Fly Fishing (September – November)
Autumn is a great time for a quiet escape and one of the most beautiful times to visit the area. The leaves are changing colors and the days are still warm. Park City can really offer you the “local” feel. Fly fishing remains strong. Phenomenal caddis and PMD hatches bring rising fish on the Provo River. As the weather becomes cooler, blue winged olives emerge, and the fish are in a feeding frenzy. The colorful landscape and beautiful trout make this time of year picturesque.
Winter Fly Fishing (December – February)
Winter in Utah is synonymous with fresh powder and skiing. What you might not realize is winter can bring on some of Utah’s best fly fishing opportunities. During the winter months we primarily guide on the tailwater sections of the Provo and Weber Rivers. Due to their unique qualities as tailwaters, these fisheries are always open and free flowing. The cold months bring out a prolific midge hatch, which makes for some of Utah’s best dry fly fishing. Most days on the surrounding rivers provide, low crowds with the backdrop of pristine, snow-covered, Mt. Timpanogos. Generally we offer half-day trips during early winter seasons until the longer days and warmer weather of late February early March allow for longer trips on the river. Complimentary toe warmers, hot soup and coffee on all winter trips will help keep you warm.