So you want to get to know the Green River Sections.
For starters, the Flaming Gorge Tailwater of the Green River is divided into three unique and impressive sections. Each has it’s own tendencies, and look. For the ease of all they have been named the “A”,”B”, and “C” sections.
The “A” Section, Red Canyon:
The most popular and well used section of the river. It begins at Flaming Gorge Dam, and flows 7.2 miles, through the stunningly scenic red rock canyon that is a continuation of Red Canyon, to Little Hole. On the “A” section, you will find the most abundant population of trout in the United States (11-15,000 fish per mile = >100,000 fish on “A”).
This is the most easily accessible stretch of river, only 3 miles from Dutch John, UT to Flaming Gorge Dam, and about 5 Miles from Dutch John, to the Little Hole takeout. Both the road to the Dam, and to Little Hole are paved and well maintained. Because of the accessibility, the “A” section tends to receive the most traffic of any of the available sections (well over 100,000 angler days per year).
The “A” Section is also home to the most pronounced rapids available until the Colorado border. Because of the scenic nature of the float, and the excitement created by these mild rapids, an increase in non-angler traffic is created in the months of May through September (most of the outfitters based in Dutch John provide raft rental services).
The Rapids are as such: (in order)
- Little Steamboat
- Secret Riffle
- Diving Board
- Skinny Dip
- Rock Garden 1
- Rock Garden 2
- Dripping Springs
- Can of Worms
- Upper Ramp Riffle
The fish on the A section, while plentiful, can also be quite challenging. Because of the continuous heavy pressure, many of these fish become quite educated, and drift sensitive. The A section does have a population of stocked rainbow trout that will provide some mild excitement nymphing, especially in the first few major back eddies. But the larger more educated fish will require just a little more effort to find and catch.
With the large numbers of fish, and plentitude of structure and holding water on A, successful fishing can be found around every corner.
The “B” Section, “Devil’s Hole”:
A slightly less pressured section than it’s linear predecessor. The “B” section begins at Little Hole Ramp, and flows 9.6 miles to Indian Crossing Ramp in Brown’s Park. On the journey down from little hole the river, and the surrounding scenery make some transitions. The stunning red rock cliffs of the Red Canyon give way to slightly less abrupt mountainsides and bluffs, and gives a much more open feel to the river. The river flattens out and becomes a long series of riffles and pools. This opening up and flattening out creates a distinct new feel, and it sometimes makes you wonder if it is the same river you are floating.
There are only two noticeable rapid sections on the B section; Washboard Rapid, and Red Creek Rapid. Both are within a mile of each other. Right around the 3.5-4.5 mile mark.
The B section goes through a very dramatic change after Red Creek Rapid, it begins to open up even more, and drop elevation below the vibrant reds of the red creek canyon rock formation. It begins to take on more of the scenery of a high desert. Still with vibrant colors, and the water is crystal clear (unless Red Creek has blown recently).
While the upper half of the B section is very similar in fishing to the A, while a few less fish to target. The bottom half tends to take on more the tendency’s of the “C” section. It has fewer and further between fish. The size tends to be greater than that of A and upper B, on average, but, the fish also tend to be even more drift selective.
B is an adventure of sorts, with every yard of river you float you are disappearing more and more from civilization. It is about 43 miles from Indian Crossing Boat Ramp to Dutch John. On this journey, you will make the transition from dirt, to paved road or vise versa 5 separate times. The trip takes a little under an hour to complete, and because of this major drawback. “B” naturally get’s much less traffic.
The “C” Section, Brown’s Park:
The wildest and most isolated section of the Flaming Gorge Tailwater is the “C” section. Beginning at Indian Crossing Boat Ramp, and flowing 12 miles to Swallow Canyon Boat ramp, it is the longest section of river we have to float. Unlike “A” and “B” sections, the “C” section offers many different boat launch and pickup locations. This makes access much easier once you get into Brown’s Park, but as with the end of “B” it is quite the drive to nowhere to get there in the first place.
The C section floats through Brown’s park. An area filled with fascinating outlaw lore. It truly was one of the last places to be civilized, and there are still hints of its wildness still.
The fish here are large, few between, and can be so picky it will make you want to pull at your hair. A fellow guide once said; “C can be either the stairway to heaven, or the highway to hell”. I have experienced days down there of some of the most amazing fishing I have ever witnessed, and the very next day could not coax a single trout to eat my fly.
When fishing the “C” section, it is necessary to bring your best fishing game. 40’+ casts with extreme accuracy can often be required, as well as great line control to maintain extended drifts once the fly is placed. Most of all though, is the ability to take a slow day in stride. It is not the fault of the fisherman or guide sometimes when “C” is not fishing well. It could just be an off day for it, or, as is more often the case, some boats have floated recently over the water you have been trying to fish. Because C sees so few boats and fishermen, the fishing doesn’t handle the pressure well at all. A boat floating by, can often put the bite down for as long as a couple hours.
To sum it all up, I would say that C is a finnicky fishery with the potential for you to land the fish of your lifetime.