Friday Hot List for July 22


Written by: Phil Monahan

Provo Brown Trout and Drake

A beautiful Provo River brown trout that fell for a Green Drake dry fly.

photo Courtesy Rocky Mountain Outfitters

The Orvis Fishing Reports and Conditions pages offer up-to-date reports, including stream and river flows, tides, recommended flies and equipment, and special fishing tips. At any given time, those waters that offer the very best fishing become part of the “Red Hot” list. To ensure that those making the reports aren’t exaggerating the quality of their local fishing, each reporter is allowed only four red hots per year per location, so they only rank their spot red hot when it’s truly outstanding.

Most Fridays, we highlight those waters that offer the best fishing for the weekend. Runoff is slowing down along the eastern Canadian Rockies, which means that Alberta’s fly fishing is taking off. Plus, the stripers are in for those fishing off the southern coast of Massachusetts, and smallmouths are on fire in Virginia and Ontario.


1. Bow River, Alberta

The folks at Country Pleasures are not mincing words about the fishing on the Bow right now: “The river has been fishing anywhere from very good to outrageous this past week.” Stonefly drys and nymphs, as well as caddisflies and PMDS, are the hot patterns right now.

2. Crowsnest River, Alberta

Country Pleasures also reports that the Crowsnest River is also fishing well, with dropping water levels and plenty of dry-fly action. The golden stones are out, so big, bushy patterns and Chernobyls will draw strikes

3. Eagle River, Colorado

River flows have dropped enough that guides from Fly Fishing Outfitters should be floating this weekend, and caddisflies and stoneflies are popping all over. The lower stretch from Avon to the confluence with the Colorado seems to be fishing best.


4. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Capt. Tony Biski announces, in no uncertain terms, that “The Big Fish are here!” and he says that the fishing on Monomoy Flats is as good as its been in years. Stripers have been busting on pogies, sand eels, and squid.

5. Miramichi River, New Brunswick

Wilson’s Sporting Camps reports that conditions are ideal and the river is in great shape. There are tons of fish around, and anglers are starting to use Bombers to take salmon on the surface.

6. Grand River, Ontario

The new catch-and-release stretch will be one of the best smallmouth bass fisheries in the Northeast,” says the report from  Grand River Troutfitters. The river flow is perfect, and the weeds are starting to grow in, so popper fishing should be picking up.

7. Provo River, Utah

The green drake hatch is happening on the Provo, according to Rocky Mountain Outfitters in Heber City. Start with nymphs, and then switch to dry flies about an hour before the hatch begins. Finish the afternoon with a dry-dropper setup.

8. Upper James River, Virginia

The air temperature on the Lower James is scorching, but so is the fishing, says Orvis-endorsed guide L. E. Rhodes. The smallmouths are feasting on damselflies and dragonflies, and the cicadas are coming on strong.

Reminder: For up-to-date fishing reports on your mobile device, don’t forget about the Orvis Fly-Fishing App.

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