Fly Fishing Utah's Green River
100,000 trout await you on thirty beautiful river miles.
This is dry fly paradise!!
The Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam in Utah has developed a reputation as a world renown tail-water fishery. Crystal clear waters and one of the most prolific trout populations anywhere make the Green River an excellent place to catch and observe trout in their natural environment. Red sandstone cliffs, towering hundreds of feet high, parallel much of the river and are some of the oldest exposed rock on the planet. The latest trout population estimates show 12,000 trout per mile on stretches of the A Section!
The Green River is divided into 3 distinct sections over 30 miles, offering anglers of every skill level a vast variety of fishable water. The A, B & C Sections each offer a unique experience.
Utah Green River Drift Boat Rates
Full Day $600 - 1 or 2 People
Half Day $450 - 1 or 2 People
Sunset Float $400 - 1 or 2 People
Green River Float Trips include: Drift boat trip covering 7 miles or more of river, one of the premier fly fishing guides on the river, all flies needed, beverages (non-alcohol), & a freshly prepared lunch on full day trips - snacks and drinks are provided on all other trips
Not included: Guide Gratuities, &
Utah Fishing License
(River Transportation is tax exempt)
Know Before You Go:
Dutch John, Utah is a small town of 200 residents. Amenities are limited, but the outdoor recreation opportunities are amazing!
Floating the Green River in a drift boat with an experienced oarsman is a huge advantage. The trout in the Green River are highly educated. Most days you will need perfect presentations to fool them. Practicing your casting before your trip will greatly enhance your fishing experience.
Our guides choose the river section to float each day on the morning of the trip. This allows us to show you the best day possible. If you have a preference of river section, please let your guide know when you meet them.
A Section - Red Canyon
The A Section of the Green River begins just below Flaming Gorge Dam and proceeds seven miles through a breathtaking canyon to the Little Hole take-out. The towering red sandstone cliffs, ponderosa pines, crystal clear water, and abundant trout are what make the "A" section of the Green River world famous. In the upper miles of this section, the river is characterized by slower moving water with many deep pockets and long runs. The middle and lower areas of this section have several productive shelves, rapids, and pocket water with intermittent deep pools.
The numerous trout throughout this section provides an unparalleled learning opportunity, as they convey a visual understanding of their behavior to the angler. The ability to watch fish eat your flies, whether on the surface or below, is invaluable to any angler eager to learn the technicalities of this sport. The most common wildlife on this section includes moose, bighorn sheep, deer, river otters, thousands of fish, and several species of predatory birds. Whether its the awe-inspiring canyon walls, the wildlife, or the visual type of fishing this section has to offer, the Red Canyon float appeals to anglers and sightseers alike.
B Section - Devil's Hole
The B Section of the Green River is perhaps the most remote of the three sections. The lengthy (1 hour) drive out and limited wading access allow for healthy brown and hybrid trout populations to thrive.This float trip begins at the previous campsite of the famous explorer, Major John Wesley Powell, and continues nine miles through a very beautiful and diverse part of the river corridor.
The first four miles contain many deep pools, shallow shelves, and fishable back-eddies. At the four mile point, the small stream and canyon of Red Creek converge with the Green, creating the largest rapid between the dam and the Colorado State border. In the absence of stormy weather, the water of Red Creek becomes clear and the opportunity for casting large dry flies below the rapid can be very rewarding. The remainder of this float is marked by a much gentler river bottom, grassy banks, and numerous islands. Deer, Elk, Moose, predatory birds, mountain cats, river otters, snakes, and many other small animals are abundant throughout the area and are frequently seen.
C Section - Brown's Park
The C Section of the Green River begins at the John Jarvie Ranch, a State Historic Site, and continues through the Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge. The river meanders fifteen more miles through the open valley of the Park to the Colorado State line. Due to the drop in elevation and increased distance from the dam, the water continues to warm up, creating a brown trout paradise.
Though there is a substantial reduction in numbers of fish, this part of the river maintains the most natural ecosystem and healthiest fish of the three sections. There is wildlife aplenty throughout this desert oasis, most notably moose, deer, duck, and geese. The fish on this section remain the toughest to catch due to the lack of protective structure and the large population of predatory birds. Lengthy casts into the wind and an accurate presentation are needed to fool these wary, but magnificent brown trout. If you’re not about numbers, but can appreciate the challenge for wild trout in a beautiful country atmosphere, this is the place for you.