With the signal of the endangered razorback sucker larvae presence high water flows started last week on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam, UT. The increased CFS will last one to two weeks eventually peaking at 8,600 CFS with current flows at 7,000 CFS. Read more about the flows from the Bureau of Reclamation here, and for current conditions from the U.S. Geological Survey click here.
The high water flows and the near absent cicada hatch thus far have the dry fly action at a low. Try nymphing with a worm, egg, or scud, or a huck a streamer!
Ksl.com posted an article this morning about four great fishing spots to hit during spring runoff. The article focuses on the different types of waters to fish, and includes several locations under each type- with the green river being listed under their tail water section. It’s a good read and a great reference to some local areas for spring fishing. Read the whole article here.
Get out there and have fun! Be looking for Flaming Gorge Dam release of high water coming out soon- CFS expected to be between 4600 and 8600. The Bureau of Reclamation estimates high water to be in the next few weeks –“Larval emergence of razorback sucker are dependent upon both the Yampa River peak flow and the number of degree days above 14C in the Green River. Scientists confirmed yesterday that the estimates remain for larval emergence to occur during the last week in May into the first week of June, although uncertainty exists and actual observed larvae will be used for the spring peak trigger.” Read the whole article here.
The 17 year Cicada hatch is set to emerge in the Northeast this year. Looks like a few states are going to have some killer dry fly action! Hopefully we also get some love from our beloved clicky friend out west on the Green River, Utah.
This article has a great video on the behavior of the Cicada. Read about this interesting insect and the full Science Alert article here.
This season on the Green River is off to a great start! Guide Nick Jackson snapped this pic of client Donald on their guided trip down the A section the other day. Try a zebra midge up top and a BWO on the lower half. The Blue Wing Olive hatch is at it’s peak- get out there while you can and bundle up!
Are you ready for the river? We are! Tying your own flies can be very rewarding- not only does it go a little easier on the pocket book, it also allows for customizing each buggy detail to your liking. If you’re not one to DIY on these tiny flies we have you covered- Guide Nick Jackson is a pro on the vice and includes all of the necessary flies to his clients. We’re looking forward to the amazing Blue Wing Olive (BWO) hatch on Utah’s Green River this spring. The BWO hatch is at it’s best in April during overcast days. We can’t wait to see you there! -bring your dry flies.
When we are not guiding on the Green River, Utah we spend our winters guiding on Pyramid Lake, Nevada- going after the world’s largest strain of cutthroat trout- the Lahontan Cutthroat (20 pounders). There are always a lot of fly choices when getting out on different waters, so we wanted to share our #1 favorite fly for those of you that might venture west to the alkaline lake. It’s the Original Popcorn Beetle, created by friend and fellow Guide Doug Ouellette. To read about the origin of this killer fly click here, and to learn more about fishing Pyramid or to hire our guide service visit our website . We encourage you to head out to Pyramid, please look us up when you do! We also encourage you to share the story of the Original Popcorn Beetle.