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Green River Fly Fishing Report - May 20th, 2020

Updated: May 21

The fly fishing on the Green River has been solid for the past month or so. Cicadas started showing up last week - the are the most abundant on the A Section. While it is not cicada madness yet, it is still really good out there with the big bug. I believe that the fish have not gone crazy for the cicadas due to the fact that the water is a few degrees colder than normal for this time of year. One of the penstocks on Flaming Gorge Dam is down. The penstocks allow for the water to drawn from different depths from the reservoir. The repair cost is $5 million so if any of you have an extra $5 mill laying around we would all appreciate the donation!

The nymph fishing continues to be good with Zebra Midges, Grey Soft Hackles, WD40's and RS2's. These bugs also work great as a dropper below a cicada. The BWO hatch is still going strong and has been prolonged by the colder water temps. Streamers are still producing on the B and C Sections.

High water will start shortly after Memorial Day. We are only given 3 days notice as to its beginning and duration. We will keep you posted as information becomes available.

Green River Flow Forecast Snow-pack in the Upper and Lower Green River Basin is now well below average and currently at about 80% of normal.

Current Flow Level - 950 cfs

Red Creek: Murky but still very fishable on lower B and C Sections - subject to daily change

A Section: Dry or Dry dropper has been consistent. There are cicadas, hoppers and crickets and other terrestrial insects around. Fish small nymphs about 9 -10 feet deep in the middle of runs and tail-outs. Look for BWO's from 1-4pm. Streamers are hit or miss. The best big dry fly action is on sunny days after it warms up.

B Section:  Dry dropper rigs are producing some solid fish. Nymph rigs 9 feet deep on the upper 4 miles of the B Section have also been extremely productive. Fish streamers and dry flies below Red Creek Rapid. ​

C Section:  Big dry flies, droppers and streamers are your best options. There have been lots of humans self quarantining down in Brown's Park and the C Section has seen unprecedented pressure.

Dry Flies

Hot days are best for the cicadas use 3x tippet. 1-5 pm for BWO 's use 5 or 6x tippet

Lovejoy's Cicada #10

Card's Cicada #10

Para Emerger BWO #16-18

BWO Split Wing Dun #16-18

Chernobyl Ant #8-10 black

Triple Double #10-16 black, purple


Dark day dark fly. Bright day, bright fly. Retrieval speed - slow​. 0X tippet

Cheech Leech - articulated all colors

Craven's Dirt Hippie - rainbow

Complex Twist Bugger - all colors

Heisenberg - black & Wyoming Cowboy

Drunk & Disorderly - articulated white / pearl

Galloup's Boogieman - articulated all colors


The fish spit false offerings out - be quick!. Use 5 or 6x tippet

Grey Soft Hackle #18-22

Rainbow Warrior #18-20

Micro Midge #20-22 all colors

Jujubee Midge #18-22

Tungsten Zebra Midge #14-20 red, brown, wine, purple, black

WD40 #18-22 grey, olive, black, red

Black Beauty #20-24

Pheasant Tail #16-22

Scuds #20-22 grey, olive

Higa's SOS black #18-20

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