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Green River fishing report - A bucket and a bucket list

Published May 7, 2013 10:43 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I spent three days on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Reservoir filming a segment for the KUED production I'm doing called "The Utah Bucket List". The show will air in August on KUED-Channel 7. We floated all 30 or so miles from the dam to the Colorado state line. It was an awesome trip with a lot of big fish landed, a ton of wildlife to see and some great company along the way. You can see some of the great shots by Tribune photographer Francisco Kjolseth on the new "The Utah Bucket List" page on Facebook. I caught most of my fish on a Sex Dungeon streamer while floating the B and C sections. Picked up a couple on dries on the A section. Among the man highlights was watching Steve Schmidt of Western Rivers Flyfisher quietly - at least until it was in the net - bring in a monster of brown on the B section on what ended up being his last cast. Photo courtesy of Steve. Didn't get to float with Ryan Kelly, but was glad to get a chance to chat with him for a bit. Here's is Ryan's report. It is as good as gold.Green River fishing report for April 27th, 2013Flows: Steady at 800Hatches: Midges, Humans, and BWO's (tapering off on B section). With massive Blue Winged Olive hatches over the past couple of weeks the river has become very busy. Each afternoon a few million BWO's have been emerging causing large numbers of fish to become active. I have floated over many flats where hundreds of fish were rising at the same time. With the sunny weather the last few days I haven't seen as many rising fish, but there are still large pockets of risers out there. I haven't seen many rising fish to midges, though. If you don't see rising fish, but there are thousands of bugs on the water the fish are eating emergers. Depending on the brightness of the day the fish may be anywhere from 6 inches to 4 feet under the surface. They are there and they're eating. Try fishing a dropper under your dry or a shallow indicator rig to catch fish actively feeding on emergers. The BWO's have tapered off with the sunny days on B section. The fish are still eating some smaller BWO nymphs and Zebra midges. There are still moments of streamer greatness as well with the water becoming off color due to recent run off. Click here for a more in-depth report. On a not so normal note. We landed a juvenile bucket this past week. This was a first for me. All my years of guiding I had not landed a bucket. We hooked it on a size 16 wine zebra midge. It was hooked clean on the lip just below the rim of the bucket. I'm pretty sure it's a world record for its line class. We also saw a 40" pike just above Red Creek rapid. It's mouth was about the same size as the opening of our bucket. It would be appreciated if someone could catch this monster!As a reminder, mid-May is when the BOR performs the endangered species flood. If you're planning a trip keep an eye out for the flows. I will post something as soon as I am informed of the timing. There is also a report on the effects of wintertime double peaking May 4th, from 6-8 pm, at the DJ conference hall (it's the blue building in between the fire station and the forest service building). This has been a five-year study where several agencies have participated. Check out the pics. There are a couple of solid trout and the "Bucket."