Frequently Asked Questions
Most trips have a set meeting time which changes throughout the season. If you have any questions please call or email us a few days before your fly fishing trip to check in and arrange a meeting time / place.
What should I bring on my guided trip?: The following are the essentials:
9 foot 5 or 6 weight Fly Rod and Reel with Floating line
9 foot 4x Leaders
Rain Jacket and Warm Layers
Waders & Wading Boots without studs (cooler months)
Shorts/Sandals in the summer
Any snacks or alcoholic beverages
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Gratuities - What is the average tip?: Gratuities are what fishing guides rely on to supplement the cost of going to work. A typical guided trip costs the guide $20 for lunch/drinks, $30 to $60 for a vehicle shuttle, + expenses for gas, flies, tippet, and wear and tear on drift boats, vehicles and equipment.
15% of $500 = $75.00
20% of $500 = $100.00
Our guides average tips are $100+ per day.
What can I expect on a guided Green River trip?: Typically our guides will arrange your meet time to avoid other river users. This ensures solitude, and greater fishing opportunities. 90% of our guided trips fish the whole time from a drift boat. Fly fishing from a drift boat allows for incredible access to the whole river, better angles for approaching the trout, and possibly the longest "drifts" that you have ever experienced.
Your guide will be a patient teacher, experienced in all aspects of flyfishing, and very good on the oars. Your guide will also want to catch the fish as badly as you do. All of our guides prefer to fish dry flies and the Green River allows us to do so most of the time. Let your guide know in the morning or even before your trip if you would like to focus your day on certain aspects of fly fishing, enhance specific techniques, work on casting, if you would prefer to do some wade fishing, or anything else.
You are welcome to bring plenty of gear such as flies, extra rods, and other fishing gear but you probably won't use them during your guided trip. The most important thing is to dress comfortably, and have fun. You are going to miss some fish, but remember you are on vacation and there are thousands of fish in the river.
Where do I leave my car?: Your guide(s) will meet you at a predetermined location. Usually just behind the blue Forest Service Building in the Town of Dutch John - 5 minutes from the Green River. From there you will travel to and from the river in the Guide's vehicle. Your guide will have his vehicle moved from the boat launch to the boat take out. After your trip your guide will return you to your vehicle.
What is a Spinner Fall?: The last stage of a mayfly's life cycle is the spinner. After mating and depositing eggs into the river, the mayfly "spinner" becomes weak and "falls" onto the water. The dead or dying mayfly spinners will lay on the river surface with their wings spread out like the wings of an airplane. Mayfly spinners are easy pickings for trout and are frequently keyed onto by larger fish. The spinner fall typically occurs late in the evening or early in the morning. Fly fishing the spinner fall requires a fly that lies low in the water surface film, and a dead drift presentation.
When is the best fishing?: The flyfishing on the Green River is typically very good compared to most rivers in the lower 48 states. There is no simple answer to this question, as it depends on what method of flyfishing you prefer. The toughest fishing on the Green River is usually January, February, and the first 5 days of high water (historically around May 16th). Obviously there are exceptions to these dates, and the weather/conditions can make any day tough "catching". The following link provides detailed information about what you can expect during specific months. Green River Fly Fishing Conditions
For more information please email us or call 877-811-3474