2023 Green River Fly Fishing Reports
January 17th, 2023
The flows on the Green River are currently fluctuating between 1,200cfs and 2,850 cfs daily. Please be careful when wade fishing! The streamer action on the Green River has been pretty good on all 3 river sections. Retrieve your streamers slowly and cover lots of water to get the most action. Due to the inconsistent flow schedule, the midge hatch has been sparse and the dry fly fishing very spotty. The midges tend to be thicker on the upper stretches of the river. Calm days will fish best on the dry flies - if you find trout rising stay there as you may not find other fish looking up. For nymph fishing, focus on the middle and tail-outs of runs at about 9 feet deep. An orange scud is a solid fly choice with the flows changing daily.
Current snow pack for the Green River is at about 112% of normal in the upper Green River Drainage and 162% of normal in the lower valley. Flaming Gorge Reservoir is at about 69% capacity. While the snowpack currently looks great we are sending twice as much out as is coming in to put a Band-Aid on Lake Powell - Pray for more snow!
A Section: The lower half of A has been pretty consistent with streamers. The Midge hatch begins in the mornings around 10am. On calm days there are pods of trout up on these tiny bugs. The fish are holding in their winter runs, nymph rigs around 9 feet deep have been best. The strikes are very subtle, so swing on any movement.
B Section: Nymph rigs and streamers have been the most effective method on the B Section. Commit to streamers on lower B.
C Section: The action has been decent on streamers. Fish dark flies on dark days and tan, ginger or white on bright days. Dry fly action is little to none. It is a sin to nymph on the C Section and you will receive years of bad fishing Karma for doing so.
Calm days have been best for small dry fly fishing. 6x tippet
Haslam's Midge Adult #22
Midge Cluster #18-20
Parachute Adams #22-24
Parachute Ant #16-22 black
Triple Double #14-18 purple, black
Dark day dark fly. Bright day, bright fly. Retrieval speed - slow. 0X tippet
El Sculpito tan
Cheech Leech - articulated all colors
Complex Twist Bugger - all colors
Galloup's Dungeon - articulated all colors
There are a large variety of nymphs for the fish to choose from. Use 5x or 6x tippet
Grey Soft Hackle #22
Pheasant Tail #18 -22
Scuds #20-22 orange, grey, olive
Black Beauty #20-24
Yong Special #24