Utah’s Provo River
“…tis not a proud desire of mine; I ask for nothing superfine; no heavy weight, no salmon great, to break the record or my line: only an idle stream whose amber waters softly gleam, where I may wade, through woodland shade, and cast the fly, and loaf and dream. Only a trout or two, to dart from foaming pools, and try my art: no more I’m wishing, old-fashioned fishing, and just a day on nature’s heart.” – An Angler’s Wish by Henry Van Dyke
The Provo River, which runs 70 miles through northern Utah, is a place where ﬁshermen’s dreams come true. Breathtaking scenery, abundant ﬁsh, and easy access make the Provo Utah’s “Dream River.”
The Provo is divided into three sections: lower, middle, and upper. The Upper Provo runs from Washington Lake, high in the Uinta Mountains, to Jordanelle Reservoir near Park City. The Upper Provo is the longest section and is home to copious numbers of Brown, Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout. The middle section ﬂows between Jordanelle and Deer Creek Reservoir just south of Heber City. “It is common to ﬁnd 20- inch plus trout hiding in the undercut banks in this section,” said Chris Wistner of Jans Fly Shop. “It’s impossible to not love ﬁshing when you’re on the Provo.” The Lower Provo ﬂows from this point onward until it empties into Utah Lake just outside the city of Orem. This section boasts scenic beauty that is beyond compare as it roars down one of the most picturesque canyons in all of Utah and generously awards anglers with prize-size trout. “The Lower Provo is ﬁshing heaven and has been responsible for converting many a skeptic into ﬁshing zealots in just one day,” said Mike Franklin of Luckyrods, makers of custom rods.
“The entire Provo River is home to amazing numbers of sizeable Brown trout. The Lower Provo in particular is plentiful in Rainbows that are commonly 18-inches or more,” said Chad Jaques of Trout Bum II. “Combine that with the best Mother Nature oﬀers in natural beauty, and you’ve got any ﬁsherman’s river of dreams.” This summer, cut yourself free of the day-to-day scramble, grab your rod and ﬂies and head for a spot on the Provo River. You owe it to yourself to spend a day with your dreams.