Current Green River Conditions and "Flycast" for Upcoming Conditions

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March 26, 2012.

Streamers seem to be producing best on the river right now. A number of guides are throwing strictly streamers with great success. The Corndog and Playboy patterns are among the best. An unorthodox, but highly successful technique taught to us by a very well-respected Green River guide is fishing a streamer in a dead drift with a BH Wolly Bugger and a nymph dropper. You don't retreive by stripping in the bugger in the normail fashion; you fish it dead drift. The streamer acts as an attractor, and the fish will take the dropper 95% of the time. Very stealthly!

Nymphing is also taking a lot of fish throughout the day, and especially productive are slender baetis imitations, such as RS2s and WD40s. Other popular nymphs working are Zebra Midges and bead head PTs. During the midday periods (when there ain't no wind!) look for dry fly baetis action. Very good patterns remail small para Adams and Thorax Blue Duns, as well as Griffiths Gnat. I like the Griffiths tied with a white or fluorescent pink post for visibiltiy.



This week's "Hot Six Flies":

The flies mentioned below suggest the available trout food and their imitations. Each week I will list the top six flies that were productive from the week before. The danger here is that things change from week to week, so while trends in fly selection can be consistent, keep in mind they do also change with current fishing conditions.

  • Small scuds, olive, gray #18-22
  • Para Adams #18-22, Griffith's Gnat #20-24
  • Glo Bugs, San Juan Worms, pale orange, pink, red
  • Tungsten Zebra Midges 16-22 black, red, gray, brown, RS2's and WD 40's grey, olive or wine #18-24 as droppers
  • Attractors in 8-12 sizes, such as Rio Grande Trudes, etc.
  • Streamers #8-10, including Corndog, Playboy, Wollys, etc.

Check our "Flies" button below to see some additional recommendations for flies for fall.

Is your guide "legal", and what does it mean if they're not?

Emmett Heath of Trout Creek Flies Outfitters and Terry Collier of Old Moe Guide Service don't want to make a big issue of this, but they have informed us there are a number of guides and outfitters from outlying areas that are illegally guiding on the Green River. To guide fishermen here, you must hold a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service, there are currently only ten of these permits in issue.

These outfitters return a portion of their guide fees to the Federal Treasury for this permit. They are licenced by Utah Division of Parks and Recreation and have to obtain the proper insurances and licences to operate here. We appreciate those of you who use the legal outfitters on this river. Illegal guides and the people who hire them are equally prosecutable for the breaking of Federal and State laws. Remember that compensation for guiding includes not only monies, but gifts, bartering, reimbursement of any expenses or any other form of compensation for services. Here is the listing of the current legal Green River Guides and Outfitters (GROGA is a Forest Service recognized association of Green River outfitters). If you are scheduled with or have received services from outfitters in the past that are not on this list, we would appreciate you notifying Emmett promptly at 800-835-4551 or Terry at 435-885-3342.

  1. Trout Bum 2 (formerly Anglers Inn, Salt Lake City, Utah)
  2. Eagle Outdoor Sports (Kayesville, Utah)
  3. Flaming Gorge Lodge or Flaming Gorge Recreational Services (Dutch John, Utah)
  4. Green River Drifters (Steamboat Springs, Colorado),
  5. Green River Outfitters (Dutch John, Utah)
  6. Hatch River Expeditions (Vernal, Utah) are a legal outfitter on the Green River for scenic float trips, but not for guided fishing
  7. Old Moe Guide Service (Dutch John, Utah)
  8. Spinner Fall Fly Shop (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  9. Trout Creek Flies (Dutch John, Utah)
  10. Western Rivers Flyfisher (Salt Lake City, Utah)

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