Green River Fishing Report

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Melting snowpack from the Wind River Mountains give rise to the Green River, Wyoming’s second longest. After flowing south over 700 miles, the Green enters into the Colorado River and is considered by many to be this river’s headwater. Supposedly named by 16th century Spanish explorers for its clear color, a mystery since most people say it looks quite the same as the murky Colorado, the river ran basically unimpeded until the early 1960’s when the Fontenelle Dam was completed. One year later another dam was built in Dutch John, Utah, which flooded the scenic, red-rock Flaming Gorge for nearly 90 miles, creating a deep-water fishery famous for its monster lake trout and trophy browns.
 

Despite man’s effort to tame the Green, over 150 miles of the river still run free. Set between the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Bridger Wilderness area, the remote river basin has retained its rugged, pristine, scenic beauty. Locals joke that there are more elk, bear and deer in residence than people, a fact attractive for those seeking an authentic, fly fishing experience. Fishing is thought to be best during the late summer and fall seasons when there are prolific mayfly and caddis hatches and trout is plentiful, including the native Colorado River cutthroat.
 
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Pinedale, a small resort town on US 191, is the primary hub for the upper Green River, attracting anglers from as far as Jackson. Another small town, Green River located on I-80, services sportsmen along the lower portion of the river. Fly shops are in abundance and guides are widely available at both locations. 
 
Tributaries:
Green River is the chief tributary of the Colorado River
Source:
Wind River Mountains
Mouth:
Colorado River
Length:
730 miles
Basin:
48,100 sq miles
Seasonal Conditions
Season
Hatches
SpringMidge, Caddis, Baetis
Summerolden Stone, Midge, Terrestrials, Baetis, Pale Morning Dun, Caddis
FallMidge, Caddis
Guide Reports
Spring fishing has brought out the hatches, especially the midges and blue-winged olives. Some anglers are also using terrestrial patterns like ants, crickets and hoppers with a scud ... moreor shrimp trailer or a streamer with a trailer. Match the hatch on the surface or try nymphs and streamers deep along flow seams and shorelines. The water is a bit murky from muddy waters flowing through the dam, so streamers are a good choice. Try sculpin, rainbow or brown imitations followed by scuds, zebra midges, soft hackles, San Juan worms, etc. Set the hook with any change in the strike indicator. Spin fishing is almost always good. Marabou or hair jigs (Zig Jigs) in earth-tone colors are always a good option in shallow or deeper water. Try crankbaits like Rapala Husky Jerks or Xraps in deeper water. Brightly colored spoons and spinners will also entice fish.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Thursday, 12 May, 2016
Flaming Gorge Dam is currently releasing an average daily release of 2,200 cfs. The February forecast for unregulated inflow into Flaming Gorge for the April-July period is continuing ... moreto decrease and is currently at 70% of average. Dry conditions are forecast this spring. The remainder of February falls within the winter period base flow classification outlined in the 2006 Record of Decision, while March and April are transition months. The base flow classification period limits the daily change to 3% per day and those restrictions end during the transition period. Therefore, beginning February 15, 2016, Flaming Gorge Dam will begin decreasing from 2,200 cfs to minimum releases of 800 cfs according to the attached schedule. It is anticipated that releases will remain at 800 cfs until the beginning of spring runoff sometime in May or June. Base flow releases are subject to observed hydrology and all projections may change.

Fishing
Our guides have been on the water a lot lately training new guides for this season and fishing with some of the crew from the shop in SLC. Yesterday we started to see the larger Buffalo midges that we have been waiting for. There were also BWO’s on the water and the fish that were rising were more than willing to eat our BWO patterns. We also tossed around streamers for a short time and had great results on black dungeons.

Tips
We have been throwing 150 grain sinking lines and 7ips sinking leaders while fishing steamers and looking for medium speed water with good structure and letting it get near the bottom before starting the retrieve and letting it swing through the current before re casting. The BWO and Midge fishing has been the best in slower water. If you are not seeing bugs move, try and find a sheltered area from the wind also look for shaded areas. We have had the best success fishing BWO Duns as a lead fly and tying a cripple behind it, they tend to eat the cripple 9 out of 10 times.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Wednesday, 17 Feb, 2016
Fishing Trips
FLOAT TRIPS Fishing from a drift boat is a great way to access many remote miles of river efficiently. We offer guided drift boat trips on the Upper Section of the Green River. These ... moretrips are available for a full day only and require some travel. Lodging and limited dining are available in the town of Kemmerer, Wyoming which is a two hour drive from Park City. The boat ramp is an additional 30 minutes from town.
Guiding On the Green River: I love the Green River and have been fishing it monthly for the last seven years. The emerald waters and amazing canyon atmosphere make it a place to remember ... moreeven if the fish are not cooperating. But that seldom is a problem with over 14,000 fish per mile from the dam to little hole. These fish are very healthy and stunningly beautiful. Making the Green River the ultimate destination for any angler to enjoy.

How Guiding works

To be a guide on the Green River you need hold a current river guide license issued by the state of Utah, and to be hired on by an outfitting company who holds a current river permit. There are some great company’s and good guides in the area. I currently guide out of Spinner Fall Guide Service and take all of my trips through this company.

Your Day On a Guided Trip
We meet at 7:30am or 8:30am in Dutch John, Utah. We go over conditions, gear, fly’s and what to expect for the day. You provide your rod, reel, leader, and I will provide fly’s and accessories we will use throughout the day.

We load up in a company vehicle that takes us down to the boat ramp.

We take the boat off the trailer and get or rods rigged up and start our float.

The Green River offers great fishing for a variety of techniques. Depending upon your preference we can fish drys, nymphs, dry dropper, or streamers. I am very open to fish any of these and will help you understand the skill needed for each of them. I will not force you to to fish a certain way, I know this is your trip and will help you achieve your expectations.

When the time is right we will pull the boat ashore and have a river side lunch that is often grilled chicken, brats, burgers, or sandwiches.

After lunch will will finish our float and with sore arms and new memories reach the boat ramp to end our float.

Our vehicle will be shuttled by a shuttle service and be ready for us at the ramp.

I will then load the boat on the trailer and will drive back to the meeting location in Dutch John.

Overall a full day guided trip is between 8-9 hours and everything is simplified for us to really focus on the fishing!
Fishing Waters:
We offer float trips on the world class waters of the Green River. These are full day trips only. The Green River is a 3 1/2 hour drive from Park City, therefore an over night stay ... moreis required in Flaming Gorge, UT.
Fishing Waters:
Whether you are coming to fish or spending a week in Park City plan a couple days for fly-fishing on the Green River. We are avid fly fishermen and have been fishing the rivers around ... morePark City Utah all our lives. We encourage, support and practice catch and release fishing. There are several streams and rivers in northern Utah. Fly-fishing trips range from half day to three day over night river float trips. We have fly fishing equipment for rent if needed. Full day trips include lunch, soft drinks & water. Local overnight trips include two meals the first day and last day, three meals on other days. We can help make room arrangements at Red Canyon Lodge, Flaming Gorge Lodge or supply tents for camping during your fly-fishing experience on the Green River.

We can put together a “cast and blast trip” where we pheasant hunt one day and fly-fish one or two days: stay in the new remodeled 2 bedroom Snow Country condo in downtown Park City. Use your imagination, we can create an experience you’ll always remember.

LOCAL FISHING: There is good flyfishing 15-minutes out of Park City and even more within 2-hours. The Provo and Weber Rivers are very close, with several others east of Park City. We know where to go and what time of year to be there. Please take a day to experience the outdoors surrounding Park City. You can flyfish any season on the scenic Provo River because it doesn’t freeze due to temperature control.
Fishing Waters:
Fishing Waters:
Destination:
  • Professionally guided float trip down one of the most scenic river sections in the world
  • Gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Water and soda
As you lay in your tent pondering and reviewing each fish you caught earlier that day, you can hear the low relaxing noise of the river as it continues on its’ course. You remind yourself ... morethat you get to do this for one more night and two more days. You look to tomorrow with hopes that the fishing will be as good, not sure how it could be. Then your mind jumps to the four course meal you just ate, you wonder how they got all of that food into camp.

You wake up to the smell of bacon and coffee and the sound of the river working the edge of the bank, you know it will be a fine day as you anxiously get you pants on and get moving. 

“And this is why overnight float trips are a summertime staple: Schedules are lax. Fishing days are long. Whatever mystery enchiladas the Dutch-oven reveals taste better when shared with friends. And with several uninterrupted days on the water, the experience is all about full immersion.” - Geoff Mueller-Senior Editor at The Drake
Fishing Waters:
Destination:
  • Professionally guided float trip down one of the most scenic river sections in the world
  • All flies necessary
  • Gourmet lunch and drinks
Single day float trips down the A and B sections of the Green River provide some of the most prolific fly-fishing in the world. These sections are known worldwide as premiere trout ... morestreams, and the epic fishing is just half of it. The scenery in these sections is awe inspiring. The clarity of the Green River, the vast amount of wildlife around the river, the red rock cliffs, and peaceful quiet are just few of the many lures that make many people call this one of their favorite places visit, vacation, and fish.

The Green River below Flaming Gorge dam boasts a very large 15,000 trout per square mile. This fish population is extremely healthy and large Brown and Rainbow trout are common. These sections of the river are considered a Blue Ribbon fishery and produce some of the best fishing that can be had.
Fishing Waters:
Destination:
  • Expert guide
  • Flies, tippet, and leader
  • Drinks
  • Lunch and snacks
Only two-and-a-half hours from Park City, the Upper Green is a spectacular trout fishery. Park City Fly Fishing Company is one of few outfitters that guides on the Upper Green River ... morebelow the Fontanelle Reservoir. This particular part of the Green River drainage is home to some of the largest and hardest fighting fish you will ever have the privilege of trying to catch. Park City Fly Fishing Company offers float trips on the Green River from March-July and mid-September to the end of October. You will consistently have chances at fish in the 18-22” range, with an occasional chance of a much larger fish just around the bend.

The Upper Green River is a high-desert fishery with the feeling of tranquil solitude. With the Wind River Range in the background, it makes for some spectacular scenery. On your float, it is not uncommon to see a variety of wildlife such as moose, deer, pelicans, bald, and golden eagles. This fishery is remote and will at times test your skill as an angler. It is a small price to pay when you realize you haven’t seen another boat all day and have the chance of catching a fish of a lifetime. Let the experts at Park City Fly Fishing Company show you what we consider one of the best fisheries in the country. Advanced booking is encouraged to secure prime dates.

Because many of our clients fly in from out of town, we provide all the fly fishing equipment you will need. Clients are welcome to bring their own gear. All equipment is high quality and includes:

Waders

Boots

Fly rod and reel

Terminal tackle

Split shot

Indicators

Flies

Of course, all trips include cold or warm drinks depending on the weather. All full-day trips also include snacks and a delicious lunch.
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Fishing Access Sites
Primarily a take-out location, Swinging Bridge provides a primitive ramp, a restroom and primitive campsites for anglers. This take-out is a popular destination for anglers finishing ... morea trophy brown trout trip in the C Section of the Green. Launching from this location is not recommended for fishing trips. Rapids downstream in Lodore Canyon become more technical and angling opportunities are limited.
Fishing Water Reports:
Activities:
Fishing, Camping, Wildlife Viewing
Boat Services:
Ramp
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
Primarily a take-out location, Swallow Canyon provides a primitive ramp. Restrooms and picnic tables are available for the weary angler. This take-out is a popular destination for ... moreanglers finishing a trophy brown trout trip in the C Section of the Green. For anglers wishing to launch from this location, only one take-out, the Swinging Bridge access point, is available before leaving the C Section and entering Lodore Canyon. Swinging Bridge is located 3.4 miles downstream from this location.
Fishing Water Reports:
Activities:
Boating, Fishing
Boat Services:
Ramp
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
With two large parking areas, the Spillway Launch access point can accommodate sixty vehicles and trailers. Although popular with floaters, this location also provides access to a ... moreseven-mile streamside path ending at the Little Hole access point. The Little Hole access point also serves at the first take-out for floaters. Whether floating, wading, or fishing from shore, this location provides anglers with world class trout fishing in the A Section of the Green.

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Fishing Water Reports:
Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing
Boat Services:
Ramp
Pipeline Crossing provides an extremely limited, primitive, put-in and take-out opportunity. No amenities are available at this location. However, lower gradients and warmer water ... moreprovide for great wading for trophy brown trout in the C Section of the Green. For anglers launching from this location, the nearest take-out is 4.4 miles downstream on river left at theSwallow Canyon access point.

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With three improved ramps and ample parking for trailering vehicles, Little Hole is an ideal put-in or take-out location. Although popular with floaters, this location also provides ... moreaccess to a seven-mile streamside path heading upstream and ending at the Spillway Launch access point or a three-mile trail along downstream areas. Whether floating, wading, or fishing from shore, this location provides anglers with world class trout fishing in B Section of the Green. For anglers launching from this location, the nearest take-out is 9 miles downstream at Indian Crossing.
Fishing Water Reports:
Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Picnicking, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
Although Indian Crossing provides a more limited put-in and take-out opportunity, the BLM-run access point is equipped with improved camping opportunities. Less crowded than upstream ... moresections, Indian Crossing is a popular destination for anglers looking to escape the regular routine. Lower gradients and warmer water provide for great wading for trophy brown trout in the C Section of the Green. For anglers launching from this location, the nearest take-out is 1.4 miles downstream on river left at Bridge Hollow. Note that pets must be leashed at all times at this area.

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Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
Bridgeport provides a small primitive put-in and take-out opportunity. Few amenities are available at this location. Lower gradients and warmer water provide for great wading for trophy ... morebrown trout in the C Section of the Green. For anglers launching from this location, the nearest take-out is 2.2 miles downstream on river left at the Pipeline Crossing access point.
Fishing Water Reports:
Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
Bridge Hollow provides a small primitive put-in and take-out opportunity. Few amenities are available at this location. Lower gradients and warmer water provide for great wading for ... moretrophy brown trout in the C Section of the Green. For anglers launching from this location, the nearest take-out is 2.6 miles downstream on river left at Bridgeport.

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Fishing Water Reports:
Activities:
Boating, Fishing, Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
The Flaming Gorge NRA is located in the northeast corner of Utah and the southwest corner of Wyoming. It is South of I-80, between Green River and Rock Springs, Wyoming and extends ... moreinto the Uintah Mountains towards Vernal, Utah. The area is a mixture of climate, topography, and recreation opportunities well suited to a variety of summer and winter interests.

With 43 campgrounds hosting over 700 individual campsites and 27 group sites, all spread over nearly 91 water-miles (with a whopping 360 miles of shore line) plus countless mountain retreats. There is plenty of room for everyone. There is also the opportunity to set up “primitive” camping for those wishing a more secluded adventure, or river camps for those extending their river runs for more than a day. Close at hand are the quaint communities of Manila and Dutch John, Utah to offer accommodations and other services for more traditional vacationers.

Consult the monthly calendar of events posted on the web or in the district office of the National Forest in Manila, Utah and at the Red Canyon Visitor’s Center for scheduled activities, classes of interest, and special events.

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