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Four Seasons Fly Fishers in Utah

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Four Seasons Fly Fishers is a fly fishing business in Heber City, Utah. Please view the pinpointed location for Four Seasons Fly Fishers on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps). Our mission is to ensure that your valuable time spent with us will be a Rocky Mountain fly fishing experience that you will not soon forget. Out team of Provo and Green river experts are recognized as true professionals and elite specialists in Utah's fishing culture. We look foreword to sharing with you all that fly fishing Utah and Wyoming has to offer. Note: All Four Seasons Guides are required to be fully certified with current first aid and CPR training.
Business type: Guide Service
Business name: Four Seasons Fly Fishers
Address: 44 West 100 South
City: Heber City
State: Utah

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Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Strawberry Pinnacles: 84 c.f.s.


The Strawberry is a little swollen at the moment. The water will be relatively clear near the Soldier Creek Dam and often turning off color [having gained momentum] by the time it reaches that actual Pinnacles area.
Beware of the afternoon thunderstorm patterns that we have been cycling through! The slightest precipitation will turn the Strawberry off color and create potential flash flood situations on the road into the Pinnacles. Let someone know that you are going in there and check out with them when you have safely departed! We would hate to have any of our family of anglers stranded and sleeping with the cougars and coyotes down there for a night or two.
There is a notable green drake crawler population down there right now. They could pop any day - so keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground. We have plenty of drake patterns in the shop and there is no better hub for information than the physical floor of the fly shop! (06/17/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Weber River (Below Rockport Reservoir): 834 c.f.s.

The mighty Weber is truly mighty at the moment. There is a lot of water moving between Rockport and Echo. This is good news both fishes and anglers! Increased flows will encourage some of the reservoir fishes to move up the river. The increased flows will help the resident fishes to re-shuffle and the resident insects to relocate and multiply. Seek out the softer water: either on the banks, structure or behind island features. Do not wade. Do not attempt to cross. If you can wade; you will be standing where the fish were before you stepped on them. Fish from the bank whenever possible and don't be afraid to cover ground in order to find the softer water.
The really neat thing about higher flows is that you can fish just about anything and catch a fish. The Weber fishes like sows, mayfly imitations and caddis larva and pupa. Play with your leader and weight configuration until you strike gold... or brown.

(06/17/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Lower Provo: 775 c.f.s. 43 degrees Fahrenheit

The Lower Provo River has come back to life on multiple levels. One's initial observations would note the increased "splash and giggle" presence on the river. The recreational boaters and tubers are out and about. Never fear though - the Lower River trout are well acclimated to such frivolity and will willingly eat right beneath a tube if necessary. Please be respectful of everyone on the river: even if you are not receiving the same respect in return. If need be - throw a ‘super-soaker' over your shoulder and dish it right back at ‘em.
Sub-surface fishing has been most productive on the Lower River. Sows have been top producers. Beware of poor sow bug imitations! Stop on by the shop and we can show you why certain sows fish and others do not. Beyond that: basic mayfly imitations, caddis larva and pupa and midge larva and pupa should produce the desired result.
(06/17/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Middle Provo: 730 c.f.s. 43 degrees Fahrenheit

Ah yes... The magical time is approaching on the Middle River where the infamous Green Drake emergence will take place. Post high water fishes generally slip into a state of food coma. Things have been so good for these fishes for the past several weeks that they more or less come off the hunt and wait for things to happen. The Green Drake emergence is usually the trigger for desert after Thanksgiving dinner.
If you find yourself out there on the Middle before the Drakes and nothing is happening: fish slightly flashier bugs and stick to the staple non-hatching bugs like sows and worms. If you deliver the fly with stealth and put it directly in harms way - a fish will eat it regardless of what is happening or not happening.
Expect Green Drakes to come off during the high temperature period of the day. When it happens - you will know it. You can find artificial representations of the complete life cycle of a Green Drake at our fly shop. We will look forward to helping you get the right fly for the right situation. After all: this fishing report is sponsored by the fly sales (06/17/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Green River (Below Fontenelle Reservoir): 4000 c.f.s.

The long awaited release out of Fontenelle Reservoir has arrived and so has the desired effect: the fishing has come back to life! No reports of cicadas yet - but the time is soon upon us. Larger, impressionistic dry flies will begin to be productive shortly. Basic nymph strategies should remain effective. Don't be afraid to chuck a large, articulated streamer out there either...
The larger controversy on this section of the Green River involves The Regional Watershed Supply Project. This is a proposed pipeline from either or both Flaming Gorge Reservoir and just below the Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge to extract 250,000 acre-feet of water annually. This water will be displaced to supply water to the estimated population demands for south western Wyoming and mainly the Front Range of Colorado by the year 2030 and beyond. To become better informed on this pipeline project: please contact your local Trout Unlimited chapter or your friendly Heber City fly shop with the enlightened fishing reports. (06/08/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Strawberry Pinnacles: 90 c.f.s.

The Strawberry is a little swollen at the moment. The water will be relatively clear near the Soldier Creek Dam and often turning off color [having gained momentum] by the time it reaches that actual Pinnacles area.
Beware of the afternoon thunderstorm patterns that we have been cycling through! The slightest precipitation will turn the Strawberry off color and create potential flash flood situations on the road into the Pinnacles. Let someone know that you are going in there and check out with them when you have safely departed! We would hate to have any of our family of anglers stranded and sleeping with the cougars and coyotes down there for a night or two.
There is a notable green drake crawler population down there right now. They could pop any day - so keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground. We have plenty of drake patterns in the shop and there is no better hub for information than the physical floor of the fly shop! (06/08/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Weber River (Below Rockport Reservoir): 780 c.f.s.

The Weber will serve as a great alternate to fishing the Provo right now. The stream flows are relatively lower and there has been a great caddis presence out and about on the water. However; the Weber is not famous for its dry fly opportunities. Most productive fishing has been sub surface related. Top producers have been sow bugs, mayfly imitations and caddis larva or pupa. There are a significant number of mountain whitefish in the Weber - but they will put a bend in the rod just the same as their more glamorous game fish cousins.
(06/08/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Lower Provo: 1000 c.f.s. 43 degrees Fahrenheit

The Lower Provo River has come back to life on multiple levels. One's initial observations would note the increased "splash and giggle" presence on the river. The recreational boaters and tubers are out and about. Never fear though - the Lower River trout are well acclimated to such frivolity and will willingly eat right beneath a tube if necessary. Please be respectful of everyone on the river: even if you are not receiving the same respect in return. If need be - throw a ‘super-soaker' over your shoulder and dish it right back at ‘em.
Sub-surface fishing has been most productive on the Lower River. Sows have been to producers. Beware of poor sow bug imitations! Stop on by the shop and we can show you why certain sows fish and others do not. Beyond that: basic mayfly imitations, caddis larva and pupa and midge larva and pupa should produce the desired result.
(06/08/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Middle Provo: 1200 c.f.s. 41 degrees Fahrenheit

The stream flows on the Upper River are starting to subside. This is the week where we will experience the Provo River Restoration Project's simulated spring release on the Middle River. If everything goes according to schedule: what we can expect to see is a sustained flow at or around 1500 c.f.s. up until the Upper River starts to subside. CUWCD will probably match the inlet flows with outlet flows on Jordanelle at that time. Those flows will probably translate on to the Lower River as well. Keep an eye on this trend: the infamous Green Drake hatch is usually quick to follow the drop in stream flows. We will keep you posted on that one!
With all of that stream flow stuff stated - fishing has been consistent on the Middle River. The trick is that the fish will be holding in that medium paced, medium depth of water. Right now that means you need to fish from the bank and into the narrow corridor that usually hugs the bank. If you do this effectively: you will find the fish and it really does not even require a whole ton of split shot. The FSF San Wiggler in red, wine and worm brown have been top producers. Sows, mayfly nymphs and stonefly nymphs have also been equally productive. You may see some scattered caddis out and about. Don't be shy about fishing green caddis pupa either. If you like fishing impressionistic patterns (i.e. princes, pheasant tails, hares ears etc...) this is your time to shine. The fishes on the Middle are not being as pattern specific as they are depth and speed specific. Get out there and have a great time!
(06/08/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The flows on the Lower River have finally caught up to what has been happening upstream. Deer Creek Reservoir is over 95% full and my suspicion is that the boys that rebuilt the spillway will have the opportunity to really try out their new toy soon.
The rainbows are on full spawn. I bring this up to increase awareness and respect – not to encourage anglers to rape and harass. It is difficult to pass by the brood stock on the river when they are this vulnerable. The question to ask yourself is “Do I like catching Rainbow trout on this river?” If your answer is “yes” then use some discretion about pulling those fish off of their redds.
Deep dead drift sow bugs, cased caddis and mayfly nymphs should get the job done. The Four Seasons sow bug is unique and a proven producer. Stop on by and test drive one for yourself! (04/29/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The Middle Provo River is just slightly over the target flow of 350 – 450 c.f.s. This target was established as the optimum flow level for the health of the river throughout the Provo River Restoration efforts. Those same guidelines established the 150 c.f.s. minimum that we have been fishing since last November. The crazy thing about this year in particular is that there are no forecasted channel repairs, dam repairs or road construction that might obstruct that natural ‘flow’ of things. I can’t remember the last time the planets aligned in such a manner.
The blue wing thing is slowly but surely wrapping itself up. There may be some sporadic emergences to be seen yet; but this is the exception and not the rule. Sub surface, deep dead drift presentations will be most effective. Skwalla stoneflies are out and about. Large, dark bodied stonefly nymphs will be a wise choice right about now. Sow bugs and bright worms will also produce well in these conditions. Be creative. The fish are opportunistically feeding. The spike in flows will churn all sorts of fishy goodies up and the trout are into it! (04/29/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Weber River (Below Rockport Reservoir): 121 c.f.s.

The Weber has been kind of hit and miss for the past several weeks. It will serve as an excellent alternate to fishing the Provo; but may not be as hot and heavy with bug life. My speculation on this trend is that it relates to lower water flows and less thermal consistency than the Provo system.
Regardless; expect to do well on sow bugs near or at the river bottom. Secondary fly selections should include mayfly imitations in a hook size 18 and /or any variety of little olive midge larva. Most all productive fishing has been sub-surface.
I often hear complaints about catching whitefish on the Weber. Please remember that Senior Blanco likes flashy flies. Quit fishing rainbow warriors and copper johns if you feel that you are consistently attracting the wrong fish species. The trout will be more inclined to eat subdued and realistic insect imitations. (04/21/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Lower Provo: 212 c.f.s. 40 degrees Fahrenheit

The Lower River has been the hot spot for the bugs and the anglers. While it is true that the angler presence is less severe than any ‘inner tube hatch’ that we may expect to see in the summer months – please do not be frustrated if you are not the only person fishing the river. Please be respectful of other anglers and their space. In the big picture – we are all brothers in fly fishing and need not to be causing contentions amongst each other. Fishing is great on the Lower River right now and that is indisputable. That does not mean it is the only ‘hot spot’ in the region. If you want to be a little more anonymous or if you feel sensitive about your space on the river - you may be happier exploring one of the multitudes of other options in our region. Feel free to call the shop and we can brainstorm with you about new places to fish. (04/21/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Middle Provo: 455 c.f.s. 39 degrees Fahrenheit

It is finally starting to happen on the Middle River. We have been having positive reports and significant Blue Wing sightings from the Rickety Bridge to Charleston. That hatch generally starts a little later in the day – say 11ish – and chugs on through the 4 o’clock hour. Insect sizes vary from #14 to #20 with the standard grey to green variations in color. As for technique: follow the hatch cycle from the bottom to the surface. Try to feed the fish where they are eating. This basic concept will increase your productivity considerably.
To sweeten the deal: the Skwalla stoneflies are starting to crawl around through the interior reaches. Look for big nasty stonefly shucks on the river rocks and you can consider yourself ‘in the zone.’
Rainbows are pushing out of Deer Creek Reservoir and eating the hatching brown trout fry in between spawning efforts. The old, unmentionable, rubber lipped, scaly buggers are approaching pre-spawn in Deer Creek and are grubbing in all that new weed and grass that has recently been flooded out on what is left of the Deer Creek flats.
Is there any better reason to go fish right now? There is something out there for everyone and every style. Crowds are not a factor on the Middle River. Go fish. (04/21/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Weber River (Below Rockport Reservoir): 86 c.f.s.

The Weber has been kind of hit and miss for the past several weeks. It will serve as an excellent alternate to fishing the Provo; but may not be as hot and heavy with bug life. My speculation on this trend is that it relates to lower water flows and less thermal consistency than the Provo system.
Regardless; expect to do well on sow bugs near or at the river bottom. Secondary fly selections should include mayfly imitations in a hook size 18 and /or any variety of little olive midge larva. Most all productive fishing has been sub-surface.
I often hear complaints about catching whitefish on the Weber. Please remember that Senior Blanco likes flashy flies. Quit fishing rainbow warriors and copper johns if you feel that you are consistently attracting the wrong fish species. The trout will be more inclined to eat subdued and realistic insect imitations. (04/10/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Lower Provo: 167 c.f.s. 39 degrees Fahrenheit

The Lower River has been the hot spot for the bugs and the anglers. While it is true that the angler presence is less severe than any ‘inner tube hatch' that we may expect to see in the summer months - please do not be frustrated if you are not the only person fishing the river.
I saw a stomach pump sample from on particularly greedy rainbow from the lower just the other day. There were blue wing nymphs in both green and brown in sizes from 16 to 20, early and late stage emergers, duns, midge larva in green, brown, black and clear, a similar variety of midge pupa from hook sizes 18-22, black and grey midge adults, cased caddis larva and sow bugs. Yes: that is one fish, one pump, one afternoon. It almost becomes an ‘anything goes' game for sub surface fly fishing! The dry fly fishing has gained intensity as well. As previously discussed; the wet and cloudy days are better. Midge will start to cycle in the morning. Blue wings will start to come off once the temperature really starts to climb. Catching a spring blue wing olive hatch on the Lower Provo River can be a real ego boosting experience that everyone should encounter.
The fishing on the Lower River is spectacular! Get out and give it a shot. (04/10/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Middle Provo: 150 c.f.s. 38 degrees Fahrenheit

The Middle Provo has been just a touch behind the Lower Provo on hatch intensity. If I had to speculate as to why I might suggest that the water temperature has been just slightly cooler the past several weeks.
Never fret though! There have been significant BWO emergences from the Rickety Bridge to Charleston. Rainbows are pushing out of the nearly full Deer Creek Reservoir. And if that doesn't get you excited - there is still an ever present supply of little green midge larva and little grey and black midges anywhere that it is wet.
This will be an exciting year for the Middle Provo! This is the first year in quite some time that there are no scheduled channel reconstructions or dam renovations: normal flows all year baby! Let's just hope CUWCD shares the same vision on that one... (04/10/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Lower Provo: 90 c.f.s. 39.9 degrees Fahrenheit

The Lower River has been fishing tremendously well. There have been excellent dry fly opportunities all up and down the river from the Deer Creek Dam to Vivian Park. The bug emergences will be very similar to what is happening on the Middle River. The only difference will be that the bottom of the canyon is typically a little slower to warm up. Dress a little warmer and you should be just fine. The one distinct advantage of the canyon walls is light intensity - or the lack thereof. Most fish like looking up in the shade more so than looking up into the sun. This is a good thing to bear in mind for the enterprising dry fly angler.
Nymph fishing is like it always is: consistent. Sow bugs and midge pupa with some #18 mayfly nymphs on the side should get the job done. Keep your mayflies brown and get 'em down. To quote the infamous AdRock, MCA and Mike D, "slow and low, that is the tempo." Have some fun with it... (03/03/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Middle Provo: 150 c.f.s. 39.9 degrees Fahrenheit

The Middle River has come back to life from Jordanelle Dam to Deer Creek Reservoir in the past couple of days. We have recently observed the first significant insect hatches in Charleston since October. The midge hatch cycles start a little earlier these days: aim for being on the water by 9:30 to 10 a.m. on any given average day. Start looking for individual adult midge ranging from #18 to #22 in grey or black color schemes. Buffalo midge emergence will start to happen when the temperature crests 38 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It lasts for 45 to 90 minutes and is distinguishable by fish of all sizes suddenly clobbering the surface - where conditions were mellow and consistent before hand. It is characteristic for the smaller midge to start to 'cluster' at the same point in the day. This is also the magic temperature to see a few random Blue Wing Olives emerge as well. It is easy to see that if you add these 3 insect occurrences together at the same time... the answer is hot dry fly opportunities on the Middle Provo in early March!
Sub-surface fishing will be consistent as well. The standard sow bug and a midge pupa or sow bug and a mayfly nymph should seal the deal in most circumstances. Don't make yourself crazy with 'throwing the whole box' at 'em. Spend your time adjusting you weights and leader lengths instead. Deliver the flies to the fish and the fish will eat. (03/03/09)
Sal Motrutta (Four Seasons) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: The blue wing olives are hatching in big numbers on the Provo River. Regardless of the weather, the dry fly fishing has been great. (10/19/08)
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