Posts Tagged ‘provo river’

The Connection…

As fly anglers what kinds of connections are we seeking? Connecting with nature, with the fish, with our fishing buddies, with ourselves… more connections than we often realize.

Fly Fishing Connection

Last week I had the opportunity of teaching four separate individuals (on three separate outings) all about Euro Nymphing. This was unique because only one of them had ever heard of this method and requested to be taught while the others had only cast a fly rod a few times if ever. Typically as a guide I start students off with an indicator and a bounce rig. Often times the fish practically hook themselves with that method and it has proven to be extremely effective for beginners. However, I deviated and dug a little deeper by showing these new comers the art of Euro Nymphing. The results were outstanding in all cases and has caused me to reflect on my willingness to share this technique with new comers.

Euro Nymphing Utah

Prince Kohler

Jeff A. (Pictured below fighting a fish) might be fairly new to the sport of fly fishing, but he has fully immersed himself over the past few months and has learned more than many seasoned anglers in a very short time. He requested that I teach him some of the European Nymphing techniques such as Czech Nymphing and French Nymphing. He had a great day on the river, and has since informed me of three additional solo outings he has ventured on that have all been very successful.

Euro Nymphing

Provo River Brown TroutRoyce S. had never caught a fish in his life…thus I started him with a bounce rig. After hours of fruitless efforts on what appeared to be a slow couple days of fishing we switched over to Euro Nymphing. The results were astonishing. His first fish ever was a beautiful 20″ Provo River brown. He then proceeded to hook and land many smaller fish, and to conclude the day he stuck and landed a strong 18″ brown. Spoiled…? Yes indeed!

Provo River Fly Fishing

Provo River Brown Trout

Royce mentioned what attracted him to Euro Nymphing over the bounce rig after just minutes of switching techniques “I feel so connected! Connected to the flies, connected to the fish.” He nailed the main advantage of a tight line nymphing technique, being connected and feeling everything your flies feel. In my opinion this is the number one reason why this technique is superior to other nymphing methods in most scenarios.

Czech Nymphing

Euro Nymphing

Provo River Fly Fishing

Although not an avid angler, Royce found the connection that many of us are looking for each time we head to the river. I dare say that’s what Euro Nymphing can do.

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Zebra Midge Medley

February is finally upon us. Trout have been keying on midges and will continue to do so. These three midges are all going to catch fish this spring, so make sure you have these variations in your fly box from sizes 18-26 and you will not be disappointed.

hook- scud sizes 18-26
Body: 8/0 thread in black, olive, red and other colors
rib: ultrawire
Glue: coat the entire fly with fly tyers glue for durability
For necktie zebras add a thorax of ice dubbing.

Green Rock Worm- Caddis Imitation

Hook: Any Scud Hook; Sizes 14-20
Bead: Gold color, brass or tungsten to match hook size
Thread: Dark Olive 8/0
Abdomen: Chartreuse Ice Dubbing
Rib: 4x monofillament
Collar: Black Hare’s Ear Dubbing
For the last few weeks the Lower Provo River has been fishing well, and one of the hottest patterns has been the Green Rock Worm.  I tie this pattern with chartreuse ice dubbing for the abdomen, with a 4x mono rib, and black hare’s ear dubbing for the collar, although any dark dubbing will work great. It is a very quick tie that produces results. Sizes 16 and 18 have been working great on the picky Provo River fish, but larger sizes will undoubtedly work on other rivers and streams where the fish see less pressure. The clients I have been guiding lately have caught many of their largest fish on this pattern, and I’m confident you will too.

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