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Green River Fishing Report - Get There Now!

I've been running a lot of info on the Green River these days and for good reason. As I mentioned may happen last year, the high flows in the spring/summer of 2011 flushed the river of years of sediment and gunk setting the plate for incredible insect production. The result is fat fish. The great thing about these fish is despite the abundance of food they are still willing to hit fake food so get there now.

Today's post starts, or at least begins again, a weekly fishing report provided by Flaming Gorge Resort. Ryan Kelly, one of the best guides on the Green in my opinion, will be providing the info and pictures.

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Flaming Gorge Resort Fly Fishing Report

Flows: 1580 cfs 6:00 am-4:00 pm rising to 2500 from 5:00 pm-12:00 am. The water takes about 2 hrs. to reach Little Hole.

Last years high flows have benefited us greatly. Both the Midge and Blue Wing Hatches have been strong so far this spring. We also saw one of the best sedge stone hatches I have seen in years. The sedge stones have tapered off, but the Midges and BWO's are going strong. Anglers have experienced success both from watercraft and wade fishing. Also, with last years high flows the lower part of the river has seen some young pike. If you happen to catch one please kill it and take it to the DWR in Dutch John.

The Dry Fly fishing has been great. There have been large Midge hatches in the morning and at dusk. Blue Wings have been consistently popping between 1-5 each afternoon depending on the weather. We have seen the same hatches on both the A and B sections.

Dry flies to use; Green River parabeatis #16-18, Gulper Special #16-18 , BWO Cripple #16-18, Griffiths gnat #20, Morgan's Midge #20. Nymph fishing has been good on the A section and great on the B section. Zebra Midges in the morning and Blue Wing Nymphs/Emergers in the afternoons. Nymphs to use: Ju Ju Beatis #16/18, Tungsten Olive Biot #16-18, Pheasant Tail #16-18, Zebra midges in brown, wine, and black #14-20. The bigger zebras have worked better on B section.


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