“The Green” is a gem. Its waters sparkle with the colors of a polished emerald, its red rock canyon walls glow like rubies in the sunlight. And the river’s resident trout lure trophy hunters from around the globe. If you are keeping a fly-fishing bucket list, this Utah section of the Green River below the Flaming Gorge dam (another world-class fishing destination) should be in your top three “must fish” locations.
The river’s 27-mile course is a riparian oasis that descends into Utah from the north slope of the Uinta Mountains, slicing through the high desert sandstone of Flaming Gorge. Forty to sixty degree water temperatures year round, ample water flow and the river’s varied, meandering structure combine to make the Green River a thriving fishery for large rainbow and brown trout.
The preferred method of fly-fishing the A, B and C sections of the Green is by drift boat. Sight fishing is the name of the game, utilizing a majority of top-water fly choices. Fluttering clouds of yellow sallies ride the thermals, piles of blue-winged olives and midges collect in back eddies, and the buzz of cicadas drive trout to make very bad decisions.
The Green River section from Flaming Gorge dam to the Colorado border is split into three sections.
Section A: Flaming Gorge dam to Little Hole
Section B: Little Hole to Indian Crossing in Browns Park
Section C: Indian Crossing to the Colorado/Utah border
Section A is high gradient, B moderate and C is slow. Highest fish densities in section A, second highest in B, lowest in C. Most fishing pressure is in section A, then B and lowest in C. Access to B and C is limited to boat and gravel road.
The 7.2-mile-long A section is a wade-fisherman's paradise. Trails and an elevated boardwalk will guide your wading boots toward famous feeding zones like “Lunch Counter,” “Secret Riffle” and the “Black Lagoon.” As you travel down river to the B and C sections, the fish population slims down but the fish size goes up — dramatically. Looking for a fish of a lifetime? Tie on one of the many preferred streamer patterns like the “Goldilocks” and start casting for the banks. Tales abound of fly anglers landing fish in the 25’’ to 30’’ range on the B and C sections.
Directions and Camping
Fisherman can drive directly to Little Hole and then hike up or downstream to some great fishing holes, or many put in just below the Flaming Gorge dam and float the seven miles down to Little Hole, which is the first takeout spot along the river. Indian Crossing Campground is 16 miles below the dam.
The area is 45 miles from Vernal, a great fishing basecamp. Additional nearby fishing destinations: