If you’re willing to face the cold and wind on the river this holiday week and plan on fishing the Green River UT watch for fluctuating water levels. Release flows from Flaming Gorge Dam will have the fish discombobulated so your best bet is going to be during stabilization periods.
For dry fly fishing use a BWO or small midge in back eddies. Nymph fishing should be a safe bet overall- try midges, eggs, or pheasant tail. Streamer fishing should produce early or late in the day when the water flows are typically changing. Bundle up, stay safe, and MerryChristmas!
We had a great time with Mike and Kathy out on the Green River this fall. They landed several fish and did an awesome job casting and taking instruction. Here’s a look at a few of the fat Rainbows and Browns they landed!
Salt Lake Tribune and Channel 13 News both released stories today asking visitors on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam to exercise caution during spring runoff flows. Several visitors have needed rescuing during the 8600 CFS flows, and with water temps in the 40’s hypothermia is a concern. Read the tribune story here.
Once the high water flows end the dry fly fishing is expected to EXCEPTIONAL. The fish are strong from fighting the powerful currents and are putting up a good fight. We look forward to their SLAM on some dries when the CFS stabilizes to average summer flows. If you were jonesing for the (absent) Cicada hatch this year – the dry fly fishing to come could give you that top of the water eat you were looking for. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book ASAP- we still have some dates open!
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.
Julianne spends her weekends working in Trout Creek Flyfisher in Dutch John, UT, but during the week she’s selling jewelry at this Kay’s City Creek location– apparently flyfishing follows her even into downtown Salt Lake City– she considers it the best of both worlds! The outdoor mall’s streams and pools are stocked full of trout. (post via Vimeo from High-Spirited Adventures)