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Green River Fishing Report from Flaming Gorge Resort - Dry Fly Action Heating Up

Published August 21, 2011 10:30 am
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Ben Somsen of Flaming Gorge Resort sent in this report for the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam


General Rating: Fair, GOOD, GreatFlow Info: We have a flow of 2,450 average. For real time data, please visit the USGS web site. We will continue to have these flows until further notice.


Hatches: Look for morning, and afternoon midge hatches on the water on the A section. There are crickets and hoppers on the banks these days.

Dry Flies: Great

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. Peacock PMX, Tan para hoppers, and Fat Alberts #6-#12.

Nymphs /Emergers: GREAT Nymphing with a tandem rig has been the best producer in the back eddies. Small emergers, midges, Caddis, or swimming Scuds trailed deep behind a large attractor (emergers 18-24)

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

LOCAL FAVORITES: 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 little heavier. We are seeing some really hot weather these days. 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 58-62 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 your 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 info: Ben Somsen with a fish caught on a cricket pattern in the A section. Spencer Manwaring photo.






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