August is here and summer is almost over! The river has been busy with rafters and fisherman! Big bugs have recently been doing well for dry fly fishing. Hoppers are on the banks and fish are looking up. The pseudo hatch has started, try a pheasant tail nymph. Small ant flies are also working. We’ve had rain showers almost every day for the last month, so bring your rain jacket!
Photo Credit: Howell Nature Photography
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 flows are high at 8600 CFS. But don’t let that scare you! The fishing is great and there is a nice BWO hatch on. Try setting up a nymph rig for the upper A section, and on the lower near Little Hole you should be able to get some dry fly action! Mark Wilson landed this beautiful rainbow last week.
Check out Nick Jackson on Utah’s Green River guiding Hilary Hutcheson of Trout Tv Show! Filming could not have gone better with the emerging cicada hatch from 2014. Here’s a quick look at a release, full episode to air March 2015.