Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Fly Fishing Tips
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Ah... the cool days of fall arrived in Utah and that means only one thing. Photo Huge Fall Rainbow Trout Caught On Midge Pattern Near Salt Lake City, Utah
The trout are eating everything in sight to fatten up for the long winter. The frosty nights are quickly taking their toll on the grasshoppers, ants, beetles, damsel flies and every other terrestrial you can name. They are all going the way of the world. But don’t despair fall creates some of the best fly fishing you can imagine or experience in Utah since the trout are aggressive and ready to take your presentation. If you love fly fishing in Salt Lake, Park City, Layton, Bountiful, Heber, Ogden, Tooele or Logan Utah you will love this article about Fall fly fishing at Dove Creek West @ Hogan Ranch home to Trophy Trout School which is open year round for giant tiger and rainbow trout fly fishing. Near Park City, Salt Lake City and the salt lake international airport. No fishing license required.
Hungry Trout Means Active Trout
Don’t get me wrong, not every presentation you make will be answered with a resounding “smack” as a giant trophy hammers your fly, there are still times of inactivity and as a fisherman you still have to look for the active feeders. But with a little advance preparation you can be assured of a fishing trip that will result in some very nice “hook ups” with some very big trophies.
Hatch Times Are Important In The Summer, Spring, Fall & Winter
In the lower elevations for waters around Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo, Orem, Park City, Heber, Bountiful, Layton and Tooele the trout will be rising to Photo Fall Trophy Rainbow Trout
Caught With May Fly Midge flies and a few final hatches of may flies usually between 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. on any given day. This is due to the fact that the sun has had a chance to warm the water’s surface a few degrees and the mature aquatic nymphs begin their migration from the mud and aquatic vegetation to the water’s surface and the “hatch” begins.
What Triggers The Fly Hatch Process In Utah Waters
There are a couple of different ideas as to what really triggers the hatch. One is the maturity of the nymph and the fact that air bubbles form under the shuck and lift the transformed nymph to the surface. The other real factor is the water temperature. When an area of water reaches a somewhat warmer temperature and maintains that temperature range there will be a hatch. You could even include the two by allowing the gases to expand as the water temperature increases. Both factors are important and as fly fishermen we benefit no matter what the combination of causes are and we catch fish!
Best Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring Hatch Times
On most rivers, the heaviest midge hatches occur in the late fall and early spring. The best time of day is usually from midmorning to mid and late afternoon when the sun is warming the cool surface water. When there is a midge hatch on some fertile waters like the Green River, Provo River, Weber River, San Juan or the Colorado River, the water column can be thick with drifting pupae. Sometimes it looks as if there are millions of tiny specks drifting with the current there is “food” everywhere. Lakes & ponds also offer a fertile environment for larger midges that grow long and fat in the calmer waters.
No Hatch No Problem…Or You Can Just Go Home!
Enjoying the perfect cool weather is just not enough on a fishing day and if there is no apparent hatch occurring it is time to go nymphing. I know there are dry fly fishing purists who would rather not catch a fish and go home before they would even place a nymph in their fly box and this is fine for some, but as for me and my associates we use every form of fly we can get our hands on. This includes dries, nymphs, wet flies, streamers etc… we fish them all! So if you are so inclined tie one of these critters on and get into the water and have some fun.
A Good Pattern For A Dry Fly When There Is No Hatch
Try a Bear’s paw when no specific hatch fly is present. This two headed creation in size #20-26 is a great midge imitator. You can also fish it as a wet fly in the film of the water. Trout remember the tasty midges they have been feeding on and this pattern is a sure fire winner in my book.
The Griffith’s gnat is another great midge pattern like the bear’s paw for imitating midges that are clustered together in a mating ritual. This type of pattern screams “come and get it” to those hungry trout.
Free Hatch Chart With Patterns For Year Round Fly Fishing Success In Utah Waters
Check out my Fall hatch chart for additional tips to help you find those sometimes elusive Fall trout.