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Brett Prettyman
Brett Prettyman writes about the outdoors, recreation and fishing for The Salt Lake Tribune

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Trick or Trout - A Green River fishing report full of treats — er trouts

Ryan Kelly, also known as the Green River Fly Fisher, sent in this aptly themed report from the Green River. Halloween marks a natural transition to new methods, according to Ryan.

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Halloween apply describes October fishing on the Green as we tricked a lot of fish and we were treated to some great dry fly fishing. Unfortunately, when I think of Halloween, I think of an end to dry fly fishing and the beginning of egg fishing. Once the fish key on eggs, it is hard to catch them on anything else. There are opportunities for small dries and streamers, but in less abundance. While fishing spawning fish is not at the top of my list, it does provide some unique opportunities. During the spawn is one of the few times you can sight fish to large trout in shallow water. It is also a time when lesser skilled fisherman can have an experience to catch bigger fish in bigger numbers. Remember, if you choose to fish spawning fish to be aware of redds where fish are spawning. These are areas where the fish have cleaned off moss and silt and the gravel will appear almost white. Please be careful not walk or disturb these areas. For those concerned with natural or wild fish recruitment, the powers that manage the river are concerned with brown trout densities being high and have encouraged November fishing the last couple of years. This shouldn't be interpreted as a license to kill or act irresponsible. It simply is stating that management does not feel that numbers will be adversely affected by anglers fishing spawning fish. Please act respectfully and responsibly. This subject always stirs emotions, please be kind to those you may not agree with.

On an exciting note the Green received 10,000 eight inch cutthroat. 7,000 were stalked at the spillway ramp and the other 3,000 at Little Hole. They were stalked a few weeks back and there have been reports of anglers catching a few. Many anglers have expressed a desire to get cutthroats back in the Green and the DWR has requested them for a long time. Lets hope they are successful!

Streamer fishing can be good to great at this time of year as fish can become aggressive and hungry going into winter. Streamers are usually best in low light. With shadows being abundant at this time of year there is low light throughout much of the river. Check out this weeks pics, they are some of the last fish that will be caught on terrestrials this year.



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