by Steve Schmidt
Saturday couldn’t have been a more beautiful day to put the finishing touches on our annual entomology class. After a Friday evening of breaking down the various insect families and their respective hatches that are important to us in Utah and the west we took to the Middle Provo River for a morning of seining and linking some of Fridays discussion to the real thing.
After last years incredible water year it has been very obvious that our trout streams have benefited significantly. The Provo River and most of our western waters are all better off and in tremendous shape as a result of the great flows we’ve had over the past few years. One way we can tell is by the fat and sassy trout we’ve been catching during our early season. The other, our trout streams healthy biomass. We’ve held this class for over twenty years and I’ve seen this and other rivers over those years change rather significantly. This year was no exception.
Over the past few years thanks to some very favorable conditions our Utah and western waters are in excellent shape. After our first seine sample in this years class it was very evident that we are in for a fun year. By the end of our class everyone was pretty amazed by what they saw. To say they had their eyes opened might be a good way to phrase this Saturday mornings session.
As you can see by the accompanying photo there were plenty of Green Drakes, Golden Stoneflies, PMD’s, Caddis and Craneflies. We even got a fat juicy Sculpin or two. Although the Provo River in general is a very rich fishery, I’ve never seen it so rich in aquatic insect life.
As the summer unfolds hopefully we’ll enjoy a nice cool summer and the heat we often get refrains from impacting our summer aquatic hatches. From what we have already experienced this year you should set your hatch clock a few weeks ahead of schedule compared to the last couple of years. Given water levels and the warm winter everything is going to start earlier. Everyone who took our bug class saw this first hand.
We’ll again hold this class in may of 2013. If you’re interested in having your fly-fishing world opened up, and learning more about what makes the game of fishing with flies so much more fun, join us. For more photo’s from the class, check out our Face Book page.