Winter Fly Fishing on Utah's Green River
Winter fly fishing on the Green River is very quiet and peaceful. The river flows tend to fluctuate greatly in the winter, but our guides can put you in the right spots to maximize the day. Streamers , small nymphs and midge dry flies will all produce.
December provides great midge hatches, as well as opportunities to catch aggressive brown trout on streamers. Bald eagles are frequently seen on the river this time of year, and human sightings are rare!
With river temps in the upper 30's the trout tend to group together - if you find feeding fish stay there. Trout taking your fly will hit very soft no matter which method of fly fishing you are using. If you are nymphing be ready to set on any strange or subtle movement of your indicator.
The Rainbow and Cutthroat trout begin their spawning rituals in February. Please avoid standing/anchoring on or near the spawn beds. Day time highs in February occasionally reach the mid 50's. Look for awesome midge hatches on these days.
Midges size #20-24
Dry Fly: Look for subtle rises to locate the pods of surface feeding fish. Delicate presntations are usually needed to entice fish feeding on midges
Nymph: deep runs & pools (7-10 feet deep)- The trout strikes will be soft so set on any little movement
Streamers: fish slowly - typically fish best in the fast water or on the lower sections of the river.
Best Fly Patterns:
Spotlight Midge black #20-24
Mating Midge #20-24
Parachute Adams #20-24
Gulper Special black #18-20
WD40's wine, grey, black #18-24
Barr's Emerger #22-24
RS2 olive, wine, grey #20-22
Glo Bugs peach, orange, pink, green #14-18
Soft Hackle grey #18-24
Scuds gray, olive #14-22
BWO Beefus Emerger #18-22
Tungsten Zebra Midge brown, black, wine, purple #14-20
Wooly Buggers black, gold, white, olive #4-8
Triple Double black, purple #16-18
Muddler Minnow #6-10
Ginger Bunny #6-10