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Flows are still high on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam at 8600 CFS. Pat and Ralph Wood came out from California for a trip on the green with guide Nick Jackson and had a great time. Pat landed this fat Brown on the A section, nice job! Cicadas are out and about. Try a small nymph for the river.


Inflows did not reach expected capacity for Flaming Gorge Reservoir during April and May, therefore the Bureau of Reclamation has decided to decrease flows to 6600 CFS for the next couple of weeks. Expect flows to increase again around the end of the month.


River fishing is good right now. The water is at 9100 cfs so high water is still rushing. Blue Wings continue to hatch and there is some dry fly fishing. Fish are suspended in the back eddies eating BWO’s in the afternoons. We have been seeing Cicadas on the A section; if there are a whole bunch there could be some dry fly action on big bugs.

The lake fishing on Flaming Gorge has been good with Flying Ant hatches happening and rainbows coming out of the spawn. We have been getting rainbows on attractor patterns dropped with a Zebra Midge or stripping leech like patterns. An olive or black Zig-Jig is also working well.

Stay safe and enjoy this nice weather!


Fly Gishing Guide Wade Isaman lost his boat and all his gear on Red Creek Rapid on the B Section of the Green River Utah on April 20, 2017. There is a Go Fund Me account set up to assist in his losses so he can continue to work throughout the season. Please consider donating to his fund and stay safe on the river! It is very dangerous right now- cold and at 8600 CFS.



The Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam Utah is at 8600 cfs this spring. The fishing is good and BWO’s are hatching.

We went out the Snoys recently and landed fish on just about every method of fly fishing around- we used dries, dry dropper, nymphs, deep dredging, and streamers. It was a great few days- as always with the Snoys who landed some big fish! We started the day with a 20 inch Rainbow and ended it with a 20 inch Brown. Great time- nice job guys!


The Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam has higher than average flows this spring. Release flows jumped up to 8600 CFS today. There’s a nice BWO hatch on, and streamer fishing has been good. A heavy nymph rig typically does well in high water. Wading will be difficult and is not recommended; fishing from a drift should be good though! Get out there and stay safe!



With the snowpack well above average this year the dam release flows will be much higher than usual for the Green River in Utah. The Bureau of Reclamation has issued release Flows at 4600 CFS throughout March, and are likely to continue to increase as the season goes on. Don’t let high water scare you- nymph fishing should be good! And the dry fly fishing after the flush is typically extraordinary.


Snowpack levels are above average and near 200% this year. Expect higher than average water flows through at least March 2017. See info from the Bureau of Reclamation below (to read the full article click the link here):

“(Last Updated:February 13, 2017)

Releases are currently 1,800 cfs and will be increasing within the allowable parameters of the Record of Decision, limiting increases to 50 cfs/day through the end of February. Releases will be increased to 3,000 cfs through March 2, 2017, according to the linked schedule. The February water supply forecast of the April through July unregulated inflow volume into Flaming Gorge Reservoir is 1.65 million acre-feet (169 percent of average).  Additional storms throughout the basin increased the current projection to 2 maf (~200 percent of average).  Current snowpack is 180 percent of median and we have received 124 percent of the seasonal peak for the Upper Green Basin with additional storm systems anticipated through February.  

Flaming Gorge will be operated with the utmost caution to address the forecasted runoff.  Extended bypass releases will be required to manage the runoff this year.  Reclamation is advising all its stakeholders early of the extended bypass releases so that planning for the season may occur.   

The Yampa River Basin has not seen commensurate snowpack accumulation to the Upper Green. The February final forecast for Yampa River flows during the April-July period is 1.4 maf (113 percent of average), with the most recent raw model guidance decreasing to 1.377 maf.  Yampa River flows are largely uncontrolled, which means the current forecast provides potential relief to forecasted peak magnitude flows this spring as compared against 2011.  There is always the potential of increased snow accumulation within the Yampa River Basin, so please plan accordingly. 

 Unregulated inflow into Flaming Gorge Reservoir during the month of January was 49,000 af, or 122 percent of average. The reservoir elevation is 6,022.9 (82 percent of live capacity) and decreasing. 

The February final forecast for inflows for the next three months projects above average conditions: February, March and April forecasted inflow volumes at 50,000 af (112 percent of average), 135,000 af (132 percent of average), and 225,000 af (169 percent of average), respectively. “

See the full article here