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Green River Fly Fishing Report - February 12, 2018

The Green River is currently running steady at 2,800cfs. 

The average daily release will remain at 2,800 cfs/day. The latest information projects that the average daily release will decrease to 1,750 cfs/day beginning around the beginning of March, and depending upon observed hydrology the spring release will increase or decrease to meet the May 1 elevation target of 6027 feet.    The Upper Green River Drainage is currently at about 100% of normal snowpack and Flaming Gorge Reservoir is at about 85% capacity.  The water level in the reservoir is slowly dropping.  Barring heavy snowfall in the Spring, we should have a normal high water runoff this year, likely beginning in mid/late May.

Streamers are fishing well - especially on the lower stretches of the river.  Slow retrieves will produce best. 

There are some midges on the A section and upper B section  - look for the best dry fly action on calm days.  BWO's should start showing up in small numbers soon, with prime hatches beginning near mid-April.  

 

Weather Forecast


A Section

Fishing: poor - fair - good - great - epic

Water Condition: clear

Water Flows:  2,800 cfs average - see above
Bureau of Reclamation Green River Flow Forecast

Hatches: Midges

Best Times: 11am - 5pm
Dry Fly - 10am - 5pm
Streamer - early or late & cloudy days
Nymph - 9am - 3pm

Dry Fly: Fishing best after it warms up. 
Patterns:  Bunny Midge - grey, black #20-24
Griffiths Gnat - #20-24
Spotlight Midge #20-24 black, grey
Midge Foamerger #20

Streamer: Use an intermediate sink tip line and or heavy streamers. Slow retrieve or swing. Bright day, bright fly.  Dark day, dark fly
Patterns: Buggers #2-4 - all colors
Sex Dungeon black or olive #2
Cheech Leech #2 black, tan 
Wool Head Sculpins black, olive, natural #2-10

Nymphs: Fishing solid mid day.  
Patterns: Blood Midge #20-22
Tungsten zebra midges disco, brown, red, wine, black size #18-20
Frenchie #18
Scuds olive, orange, gray size #24
Jujubee Midge #20-22 black, red

Emergers: Fish mid day 10am-2pm
Patterns: Palomino CDC #22
Grey Soft Hackle size #20-24
Grey RS2 size #20-24
Beefus BWO emerger #20-22

 


B Section

Fishing: poor - fair - good - great - epic

Water Condition: clear
Red Creek: Clear

Water Flows:  2800 cfs average - see above
Bureau of Reclamation Green River Flow Forecast

Hatches: Streamers,  some midges

Best Times: 11am - 5pm 
Dry Fly - 10am - 5pm
Streamer - early or late & cloudy days
Nymph -9am - 3pm

Dry Fly: Try big bugs later in the day
Patterns: Bunny Midge #20-24 black, grey
Griffiths Gnat #20-24
Spotlight Midge black #20-22

Streamer: Use an intermediate sink tip line and or heavy streamers. Mix up the retrieve to figure them out each day. Slow is usually best when it is cold.  Bright day, bright fly.  Dark day, dark fly
Patterns: Sex Dungeon black, olive #2
Circus Peanut #4
Swimming Jimmy #4
Wooly Buggers: gold, ginger, black, white, olive #2-10
Wool Head Sculpins black, olive, natural #2-10

Nymphs: Fishing decent.  
Patterns: Pheasant Tail #18 - 22
Jujubee Midge #18-22 black, red
Blood Midge #18-22
Frenchie #16-18
Tungsten zebra midges purple, brown, red, wine, black size #14-18
Scuds olive, orange, pink, gray size #18-24 

Emergers: Fish mid day 11am-3pm
Patterns: Palomino CDC #22
Grey Soft Hackle size #20-24
Grey RS2 size #20-24
Beefus BWO emerger #20-22


C Section

Fishing: poor - fair - good - great - epic

Water Condition: Clear
Red Creek: Clear

Water Flows: 2,800 cfs average
Bureau of Reclamation Green River Flow Forecast

Hatches: Streamers

Best Times: 10am - 4pm
Dry Fly - 10am - 4pm
Streamer - early or late & cloudy days
Nymph - ??

Dry Fly: Not many bugs or rising fish - throw streamers
Patterns:  Morrish Hopper #8-12
Triple Double black, purple, olive #14 -18
Chubby Chernobyl Ant tan, purple #8-10
Fat Albert black, tan #6-14
Parachute Cricket #8-14
Parachute Hoppers tan #8-14

Streamer: Use an intermediate sink tip line and or heavy patterns.  Mix up the retrieve to figure them out each day. Slow retrieve is usally best this time of year.  Bright day, bright fly.  Dark day, dark fly
Patterns: Circus Peanut #4
Sex Dungeon black olive #2
Swimming Jimmy #4
Cheech Leech Black, tan #2
Wool Head Sculpins black, olive, natural #2-10
Sculpzilla #6 natural colors

Nymphs: 
Patterns: Pheasant Tail #14-16
Scud #14-20 grey
Tungsten zebra midges purple, brown, red, wine, black size #14-20

Emergers: Fish mid day 9am-3pm
Patterns: Grey Soft Hackle size #18-24
Grey RS2 size #18-22
Beefus BWO emerger #18-22

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