GREEN RIVER FISHING REPORT:
This is my effort to keep you posted on the current fishing conditions on the Flaming Gorge Tailwater of Utah’s Green River.
It will be updated weekly, but understand that it is not the word of god, simply my observations of the fly fishing conditions as they seem to be.
(all rankings are in + (+++++ being highest)
REPORT FOR 7/21/2014
WEATHER: +++++ The weather is steadily improving, bordering on Hot, while it is still a little windy out there.
CROWDS:+(HIGHER RANKING MEANS LESS CROWDS WILL BE EXPERIENCED)
The Cicada fishing is sadly all done for the season. We are still having mixed success with ants, cicada’s, and a few yellow sallies are still popping out.
We are flowing about 1700 CFS average. During the day we are about 1650 CFS, which are some great fishing flows.
Section A: +++
The fishing on A is somewhat unpredictable. It has been hot some days, and not so much others. Try fishing small Triple Doubles, Ginger Sailor Ants, and Big Black Chernobyls. They have been having some mixed success.
Nymphing with midge, PMD, small stonefly, and Caddis patterns can still be good as well, should you be so inclined. (While I don’t know why one would prefer to nymph right now). A typical deep rig, heavily weighted should do the trick.
Streamers can be good at times, I would just lean you towards the Dry fly.
Section B: +++++
Caddis, small sallies, and some hoppers have been fishing fantastic, good fish are taking them too.
Nymphing the B section of the Green can be slightly less technical than it’s counterpart on A. Typically, at this time of year I find my greatest success fishing a 7-8’ nymph rig weighted with either a single no. 4 or BB split shot, followed by a sz. 14-16 brown zebra midge. Trailing this fly, I will typically fish a smaller sz. 18 Black Zebra Midge, a soft hackle, Barr’s emerger, or Craven’s JuJu Baetis (or midge).
Streamer fishing will typically find the angler with better success on B, than on A. I tend to fish brighter flies (White, Goldilox, playmate of the years, and Ginger) on bright sunnier days, and Darker (Black, Brown, and Olive) Streamers on the darker, stormier, overcast days. I like to fish sink tip fly lines, opening up my options in the deeper holes, and runs. But a floating line with a medium, to heavily weighted streamer can have great success as well.
Section C: +++
I haven’t fished C in a week or so, but I’ve been hearing mixed reports from Chernobyls, Sallies, and Caddis fishing well, I think hoppers ought to be picking up here soon.
Streamers on C can always produce, I am not saying always will, but they are capable of doing so. Blacks and Browns, as well as my favorite Pink/White combos have worked best for me.
PIKE ALERT!!! I am somewhat unfamiliar with typical tactics for these aggressive, toothy, predators. But they are in the river, primarily on the lower B, and all of the C sections. The Utah DWR has a catch and kill order on these invasive predators. So if you are the kind of angler who likes to take their catch home for dinner, I highly suggest pursuing these fish. Help us keep our Green River ecosystem balanced. I have had my greatest luck throwing White, Orange, or Yellow Streamers at these fish.
- ZEBRA MIDGES (SZ. 18-22), IN BLACK, RED, WINE, GREY OR BROWN)
- NEON NIGHTMARES
- CRAVEN’S JUJU MIDGE (SZ. 18-22)
- PHEASANT TAILS (14-24)
- SAN JUAN WORM (SZ. 4-14)
- CRAVEN’S JUJU BAETIS (16-22)
- RS2’S IN MIDGE AND BAETIS COLORS AND SIZES
- WD-40’S IN MIDGE AND BAETIS COLORS AND SIZES
- PMD Nymphs
- Chernobyl ants (Black and Brown) Sz. 8-14
- Chubby Chernobyls (sz. 6-12) Black, and Tan
- Black Fat Alberts (sz. 8-12)
- M Hoppers
- Amber and Olive Triple Doubles
- Brown, and Black Lincoln Logs (sz. 6-12)
- Elk Hair Caddis
- Tan Schroeders Hoppers.
- GOLDILOX WOOLY BUGGER (SZ. 4-8)
- GALLOUP’S SEX DUNGEON (BROWN, OLIVE, BLACK, OLIVE/CHARTREUSE)
- DOUBLE BUNNIES (OLIVE/WHITE, BLACK/YELLOW, OLIVE/CHARTREUSE)
- CIRCUS PEANUT (WHITE, GOLDILOX, BLACK, OLIVE, AND BROWN)
- GALLOUP’S BARELY LEGAL (WHITE, BLACK, GOLDILOX)
- HER MAJESTY’S FAT LIP
- DOUBLE ARTICULATED HOG SNARE
- SPARGER’S CHIMERA (OLIVE/YELLOW, BLACK/SILVER)
- ICE PICK’S