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Trip to the Green River 2017
April 8 - April 12
The Green River at Dutch John, Utah, Flaming Gorge Dam Tail Water, the river has three sections A, B, and C of great fishing. We fish the A section, 7 miles of trail with two main river accesses at the Dam area and Little Hole. The river accesses 7 miles of its length by a well maintained trail and board walks. Many opportunities await you for great fishing.
The river is supplied from the Dam that generates power from Flaming Gorge Reservoir, it is equipped with special with Pen Stock gates, and the special gates rise and fall on the reservoir side that regulates water temperature year round. The river remains consistent year round at 40 plus degrees and creates supreme habitat for trout. They say there is 15,000 to 20,000 trout per mile on the upper area. I must say though they are very educated, challenging and some are fairly sizable. Averaging 16 to 18 inches, rainbows, cut bows, browns, cutthroats, some fishers catch up to 21 inches.
The Green River is a large river and is wade able from its access points or trail side. I only know of a couple of places around Little Hole that you can cross with care. Flows get as large as 5000 CFS during the summer; our flows during this trip will be 800 CFS to 1000 CFS. From Little Hole you can also access the river lower section B by a trail system that is a bit more primitive.
There are some of us that pontoon boat float the river, others that will use the guides and their boats. Recent years several have spent the first day with a guide and boat, then fishing the next couple of days on their own. This provides a familiarization to the river, habitat and fishing.
Whether floating or hiking to a fishing area, fishing is good throughout its length. With floating your own, there are some challenges with 7 plus rapids, class II/III at this time. All are safely navigated even for the novice. There are rentals available as well for boats and pontoons. See the local shops web sites.
There are two main fly shops, both with full services, guides, shuttles and many other services. Denny Breer and Green River Guides is Trout Creek Flies: www.troutcreekflies.com and at the Flaming Gorge Resort Lodge where we stay is www.flaminggorgeresort.com both have web reports, information and guide reservations, plus more. Both of these facilities have gear, food services, deli, and groceries to meet any fishing day needs. Flaming gorge Resort also has a full service restaurant with really great food, breakfast and dinner, more than you can eat. They also have box lunches if you request the night before.
As for the weeks trip, we all leave typically each to their own Saturday morning and meet up around 4:00 PM after all have checked in, some go earlier and fish that day as well. We fish then the going home crowd on Sunday, with the lighter days Monday and Tuesday of the week. Wednesday we all depart and travel home.
This year we have openings reserved, so make your reservation, call Jim Schmidt (303) 978-0075 evenings or (303) 210-3003 during the weekdays. You can also e-mail me at JASDEN@aol.com. We have condos with ability to sleep three to four individuals and the dormitory that sleeps up to eight. The condos have full facilities and wares. The dorm has limited services. We like to collect deposits for the holding of reservations, amount of $75.00. Your average trip expense will be about $400 round trip. Fishing license is about $30 for five days, available on line or at lodge. The average stay is about $150 for four nights, gas to and from is about $120, car-pooling is used for shared savings; with dinner and breakfast you will spend $25 per day. Then of course there are lunches, bring your own with cooler, beer and wine. Snacks etc. are also recommended for socializing. By the way Utah is a dry state so BYOB. Some will coordinate dinner in at the condos since there are facilities and wares, you just need to wash (dishwashers) and clean before leaving.
Weather this time of year is very mixed, expect sunny days, rain or snow with ice. We have had up to 6” of snow in one year’s trip. We will be from 25 degrees in the AM to 70 degrees in the PM. It is much as here bring layers for clothing. Light to heavy fleece, jacket and vest; rain protection is a must; long sleeve under garments and quick dry fishing clothes. Of course waders and boots. You may want a daypack, dry bag, camera, and binoculars. Sun guard and chap stick and hand lotion are also necessary.
If you fish many of Colorado Rivers such as the Platte, Frying Pan, or San Juan in New Mexico tail water fishing is the style. Nymphs and deep long drifts, dries in the afternoon. We do this time of year for the BWO, blue Wing Olive hatch. Midges in the mornings and BWO hatch starts around noon. Even some bigger flies with Caddis or Stone, Buggers. Primarily small flies, if you fish technical Colorado tail water, this is the requirement and thinking to be successful.
16 – 22 Scuds to match naturals Olive and Gray
20 – 24 Brassie, Red, Olive and Black, Tungsten BH, Poison Tung
14 – 16 Tungsten Zebra Midges Red and Brown
22 – 26 Para Adams
16 – 18 BWO, Paraloop and Parachute, Comparaduns
18 – 20 RS-2 Gray
18 – 22 WD-40 or WD-50 Gray and Olive
18 – 20 Pheasant Tail
14 – 12 San Juan Worm
2 – 8 Buggers Tan, Black and Olive, Goldielox and Double Bunnies
Both shops also advertise in their reports the Hot Flies and are very willing to help.
This is a great trip and opportunity to some amazing water, scenery with the Red Canyon, the Dam, River and fellowship over great fishing, relaxation, food and just a good time. Let me know how you want to participate, I will coordinate rides and needs, there usually are folks who want to make the trip affordable like to pair up for the drive. Then coordinate to same rooms. I will help with skill levels as well and where to fish and how. Let me know your needs and we will go from there.