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Park City Winter fly fishing report

Park City Winter Fly Fishing Report: In the past 2 months, Utah has been getting pounded with snow. This is not only a great thing for the ski resorts but this is welcome news for our rivers. Over the past 5 years, we have had below average snow pack. All of our rivers could use a nice flush to clean out the sediment that has been building up. I have to admit that over the past week I haven’t had a chance to get on the river. I have been too busy snowboarding in some of the deepest snow I have ever experienced. You know the old saying, there is a time to fish and a time to cut off to the mountain. Having said that, the week prior I was on the river guiding for 5 days and the fishing was good.  I expect it will continue to get better. Believe it or not, but Park City winter fly fishing provides some of the best dry fly fishing of the year. Right now, on the Middle Provo River there has been a consistent midge hatch from 11:00 AM -2:00 PM with plenty of fishing looking up. Before the hatch starts, I am having success with a dry dropper rig or a shallow nymph rig. My best fly has been a size 22 black zebra with a silver or copper tungsten bead. Once the hatch starts, I am switching my rig to a double dry fly. I use a Quigley’s cluster midge for my point fly, and drop a size 24 grey Mother Shucker or a size 24 orange Asher behind it. The reason I use the double dry rig is pretty simple, I can see that size 24 midge on the water and I want to make sure I know exactly where my flies are. The most important thing when fishing this double dry rig is to set the hook if a fish rises near your indicator fly. A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that the small dry is always in front of the indicator fly, this is simply not the case (if you see a fish rise in the vicinity of your big fly, regardless if it is up or down stream, just set the hook). Park City winter fly fishing is just another highlight of what this area has to offer. Ski pow in the morning and fish dries in the afternoon. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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