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Green River Report from Flaming Gorge Resort - Flows at 9,000 CFS

Published June 17, 2011 10:16 am
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Ben Somsen of Flaming Gorge Resort sent in this report.

General Rating: Fair, Good, Great

Flow Info: We have a flow of 9,000cfs. We have too much snow pack in the Wind River Range, so they have raised the flows for safety reasons. On Monday June 20th they will be decreasing our flow 800 to 1,800cfs for scheduled maintenance. For real time data, please visit the USGS web site. With the recent storms in the area, we seem to be gaining snow pack. We will keep everyone informed if anything happens.


There is a survey going on about the flows and the opinion of the fisherman, and YOUR experiences on the river. Please take a look at www.surveymonkey.com/s/greenriver. This is our best weapon of defense on changing to our most preferred flows!!!!

Hatches: Look for morning, and afternoon midge hatches on the water on the A section. There are crickets on the banks these days. Hopefully the Hoppers will be along shortly.

Dry Flies: Fair

Fishing LOCAL FAVORITES: Little midges and midge clusters including; Para Adams, Griffith's gnats, Fuzz ball, Para mating midges, Brook Sprouts, hatching midge, micro midge, snowshoe cluster, and Morgan's Para midges in sizes #22-#26. Green River para cricket, black fat Alberts, and black PMX patterns in size #14-#10. Black ants #18-12.

Nymphs /Emergers: GREAT Nymphing with a tandem rig has been the best producer in the back eddies. Small emergers, midges, BWO's, or swimming Scuds trailed deep behind a large attractor (emergers 18-24) Don't be afraid to get down and dirty. The fish have adjusted to the flow, and are feeding. It is easier to find the fish right now in these higher flows. The fish are in the back eddies, and they are stacked.

LOCAL FAVORITES: Jig-a glow in yellow or salmon, Neon Nightmares, orange, tan and pink scuds #12-#16, Frenchie patterns, red and wine colored San Juan Worms are also working well as attractor patters. Gray-soft hackles, WD-40's, micro scuds, small gray RS-2's #16-20, Barrs BWO #16-18, Little Thing Black #20-22, and Black Beauty #20-24 are effective trailers. Bead head patterns work well in the faster water in the lower A section, or as a dry dropper combo. Copper John's and Pheasant tails #18-14. Zebra midges in #22-16. Rainbow Warrior #20-22. Black and Olive Biot flies. Barr's BWO emerger #18-22. And juju Baetis. Streamers: Fair Streamer fishing is fair, our sunny days that we are starting to see have slowed the streamers down. The streamers can really turn on again, but it will take a cloudy day in the forecast to do so. Streamer patterns will take fish on a dead drift as part of a double nymph rig or stripped. Streamers are a good option to try to catch the big one. LOCAL FAVORITES: The Wooly Bugger is still the top producing streamer. Try them in ginger, purple, black, brown, white, tan, and olive. Sculpins are another great pattern to use. Don't be afraid to try different retrieves, different speeds and techniques. If the fish aren't being aggressive, try drifting your streamer trailed by a small nymph or an attractor (i.e. baetis, or midge patterns)

Spin Fishing: Good Spin fishing is always productive. Try casting a jig in faster moving water. Rapalas will lure fish from some of the deeper water.


1/8 oz. White River Zig Jigs in ginger or olive. Cast them up stream and let them bounce the bottom. F-5, F-7, F-9, CD5, CD7, CD9 Rapalas in rainbow, brown trout, silver or gold. Work the floaters in some of the shallower pools, the divers in the deeper water.

Other Information:

The pressure right now is getting a little heavier. We are finally starting to see some sunny days in our forecast. Most of the water hazards are under water, and it would be pretty hard to hit a rock right now. Our water temps are right around 46-48 degrees coming out of the Dam. This is a really good temperature for the fish to feed at. Our guides are coming in telling us about catching a number of really nice fish. REMEMBER Clean, Drain, and Dry all of you fishing equipment. We don't want any aquatic hitch hikers! If you have rubber soles on your wading boots, it can still take 7-8 days to kill any spores. Don't forget the sun screen out on the water.


Photo caption: Gayle Peters caught this fish on a #22 gray scud on the upper A section of the river. Picture was taken by her husband and our guide David Peters.






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