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Green River Fishing Report - To Fly or to Non-Fly? and it is really cold

Published December 27, 2013 11:20 am

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Ryan Kelly, the Green River Fly Fisher, brings up the age-old debate of fly vs. non-fly in this week's report. Oh, and its really cold.

Here's his report.While the myopic procreative preoccupation continues, the scope of "fly" selection is quite diminutive. Should I fish a peach egg or an apricot egg? A bead egg or a glue egg? A tungsten egg or a jigaglow? A traditional glow bug or a spun glow bug? An egg cluster or a ...... there are more egg variations than the imagination of a first grader on Easter weekend. For the most part they all work. I hesitate to call an egg pattern a "fly" as it does not remotely resemble anything close to an aquatic insect, but neither do streamers. Other non fly "flies" that have produced well of late have been Green River classics ginger bugger, the closely related, but flashier, yellow-haired bear evader, and the super conservative black bunny leach. Large articulated streamers that mimic the post egg dependent stage of life has produced some great entertainment, but less quantity. Patterns that resemble and imitate whitefish, brown trout, or rainbow trout have worked intermittently. C section has definitely been the most productive streamer water of late. The C section fish have concluded or foregone their reproductive desires for the season and have turned their behavior toward winter feeding habits. It's super cold here so come prepared. It was -13 this morning just after sun up and the forecast is to remain cold for the next week. On the bright side there isn't much ice in the guides, the water freezes to the line before it gets to the rod tip. Check out this weeks pics for some great lower river fish.