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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Green River Utah


Just returned from 3 days on the Green in northeastern Utah. Sadly, while stripping in a beautiful rainbow, my camera met the drink. So all of my trip photos no longer exist. I will say however that it is a beautiful float from the dam down to the 7 mile ramps. Located about 3 1/2 hours from the Salt Lake airport, the closest, this tailwater is a little difficult to access.

The drive over is through the Wasatch Mountains by Park City and Deer Valley across a high mountain plain with a elevation of about 6,600 feet. You will pass through the southwestern part of Wyoming before re-entering Utah and traveling about 90 miles into Dutch John, UT. I do hope Dutch and John enjoyed this area because I am sure their relatives are still the only permanent residents. There is one motel that we could find being the Flaming Gorge Resort and two fly shops with the Green River Outfitters/Trout Creek Flies being the largest. Don't worry, you can't miss them as you go over the dam and through town. You can eat at one small grill or the Flaming Gorge Resort. The Resort has good food but is a little pricy. PS-There are multiple campgrounds in the area for those budget minded Idaho fly fishers who want to visit.

The gorge is however very beautiful with its red bluffs, clear water and very, very colorful trout. The first section of the river below the dam holds mostly rainbow averaging 15-16 inches. Below there, the browns begin to dominate all the way to the takeout. Again the fish size is similar and our guide, Geno @ Trout Creek Flies, told us that the occasional 18-20 incher is a really good fish with the rare 24 thrown in from time to time. The Green is supposed to be one of the lower 48 best tailwater fisheries, but if you will email me, I will turn you on to one better.

This is beautiful country and is worth a trip.

Posted by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog.

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