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May

Typical fly fishing conditions for the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam in May


Average Temperatures: 42 - 78 degrees Farenheit

Fishing Scale: poor - fair - good - great - epic!

River Pressure: moderate - the rafting season begins Memorial Day Weekend.

Hatches: BWO's #16-18, Midges size #20-24, Terrestrial Insects, some Stoneflies

Best Techniques:

  • Dry Fly - On warm days look for great to incredible terrestrial dry fly action. Also look for hundreds of trout rising during a blanket BWO Hatch
  • Nymphing deep runs & pools (7-10 feet deep)- The trout will move into shallow water and over moss beds mid day when the BWO nymphs begin to emerge
  • Streamers fished slowly or even on a nymph rig

    Best Fly Patterns:
    Parachute Adams #16-18
    PMX Parachute Cricket #12-18
    Cicadas #8-10
    Beefus BWO Emerger #18-22
    Fat Albert tan, black #8-14
    Grey Scud #18-22
    Tungsten Zebra Midge black, brown, wine #18-20
    Wooly Buggers black, gold, white, olive #4-8
    RS2 gray, wine #16-22
    Junk Food flies during high water


  • Comments:
    The Green River fishes excellent in May before and after high water. High water typically begins around May 15th and last 2 weeks. However, every season is different due to weather and snowpack. Some of the largest trout are caught during high water as all trout in the Green are displaced by the high flows. Being a tailwater fishery, the Green clears up relatively fast and good fishing usually resumes 2 days after the first day of high flows. Blue wing olives, trout eagerly awaiting terrestrial insects, large trout chasing streamers, and a chance at hitting the cicada hatch are all a part of the Green River in May.

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