“The Green” is a gem. Literally. 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, the Utah section of the Green River 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, brown, cutthroat and cut-bow hybrid trout.
The preferred method of fly-fishing the A, B and C sections of the Green is by drift boat. Within the first few minutes of leaving the boat ramp the river’s clarity will elevate your heart rate. Sight fishing is the name of the game, utilizing a majority of top-water fly choices. On any given day, fly anglers can expect to observe more feeding fish than they may have ever seen before. 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 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. Every year fly anglers land fish in the 25’’ to 30’’ range on the B and C sections.
See our Utah Fishing Itinerary for the Green River. It is four hours from Salt Lake City to this renowned fishery, which is the tailwater of another renowned fishery, Flaming Gorge Reservoir, known for trophy trout and deep water fishing.
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