Green River Fishing Itinerary

Cast a fly on famous waters.

Day 1: Drive from Salt Lake City to Dutch John

Distance and time:  208 miles (four hours)

Walk to the river bank and start fishing!

Fishing with a guide:

Cost Estimate: $450 for two people – 8 hour fishing day.

Guide services for hire, boat and raft rentals

How much does it cost to rent a raft to fish the river? 

A small raft and shuttle service will cost approximately $165 for the day.

Store for supplies, licenses and fishing gear:  

There are three C-stores in the area near Dutch John.

Trout Creek Flies -

Flaming Gorge Resort -

Dutch John Resort  -

Where can we eat? (Some restaurants are seasonal — check for hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner:

Red Canyon Lodge

Flaming Gorge Resort

Dutch John Resort

Cedar Springs Marina (seasonal)

National Forest campgrounds near Cedar Springs Marina:  Cedar Springs .25 mile, Deer Run .5 mile, Firefighters Memorial 2 miles, Greendale group site 2.25 miles, Arch Dam group site 3 miles, Dutch John Draw group site 5 miles, Mustang Ridge 14 miles.

Day 2 through 4:  Keep fishing!

Below Flaming Gorge Dam is the Green River, one of the most renowned trout fisheries in the world. The dam releases an optimum water flow and temperature for trout in the river. The clear emerald waters support a large population of trout.  Rainbows are more common just below the dam and browns dominate further downstream.

The Green River flows through a scenic, steep-walled canyon.  The rugged terrain allows road access in three areas. Below the dam, at Little Hole and at Browns Park. You can drive to these locations and fish along the river or float the river in a boat or rubber raft.  The best way to learn this amazing fishery is to hire a local fishing guide.

The river is broken into 3 sections A, B and C. Most folks fish section A as this is where there are the most fish. Fishermen and rafters use section A in warm weather. Section B has bigger smarter fish which are more difficult to catch but a great challenge. Section C has the biggest fish but they are less abundant than section B. Sections B and C are farther from Dutch John so they are more expensive to fish with guides and for shuttles.

You can spend all day fishing in any of the river sections. It is possible to fish sections A and B in one day, but you will do more floating and less fishing. Few people fish section C all day. If you are an experienced fisherman and want to avoid crowds, section C is a good choice.

You are paying a guide for 8 hours of their time. Your fishing day will end at about 4 or 5 p.m. at Dutch John. Bring your lunch, drinks and snacks.

Guides usually meet customers between 7 and 9 am. The guide pricing is generally for 2 people.  There is an additional fee for a third person.  Packages are available for guide services and hotel.

A great strategy to fishing the Green River is to hire a guide for one day and then fish on your own for two more days.  The guide will provide a great experience and education on the proper flies or lures to be using for the season. On the additional days you can rent a boat, fish from the river bank, try fishing on Lake Flaming Gorge or in the mountain lakes.  This strategy reduces your average daily costs and provides a fantastic experience.

You can float the river on your own by renting a rubber raft for about $165 per day. This includes the shuttle service to the river and to pick you up downstream.

Fishing from the bank:

There are many great places where you can fish the Green River from the bank. There is no cost other than having your license. Along the A section of the river from the dam to Little Hole, there is a 7 mile trail.  Camping and fires are not allowed in this section of the river. Sections A, B, and C have 20 miles of trails along the river. Camping below Little Hole is permitted.  See the regulations.

Day 5:  Return to Salt Lake City

See these listings for optional activities during your stay and for the return trip.

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