Flowing southward to join the Colorado, the Green River o° ers numerous picturesque spots for fishing. Renowned as the most visually stunning river in Utah, the Green River also consistently ranks in the Top 10 for Tailwater Fishing. For expert guide, Brenton Kuhn at Trout Bum 2, “The Green River is #1.”
Tailwater fishing refers to waters located immediately downstream from a hydraulic structure, like Flaming Gorge Dam. What makes fishing the Green below the dam exceptional is that the temperature is kept between 35-55 degrees. ˜ at produces prime habitat for trout feeding. The dam also ensures a diverse and rich bug life for the fish to eat.
The Green’s tailwater, with its consistent cold temperature, boasts a population of trout between 7,000-15,000 fish per mile.
Whether you are a first-timer or an expert, below are a few tips and tricks for fishing the Green River.
1. Remember your fishing license.
The easiest way to obtain a license is online at wildlife.utah.gov or at your local Smith’s or Walmart.
2. Plan to spend the day on the Green River. From Park City, it is a 3-hour ride to Section A, below Flaming Gorge Dam. Typically, a guided trip can last up to 6 hours.
3. Fishing on the Green is predominantly catch and release. However, in Utah, you may keep two trout under 15” and one trout over 22”.
4. Get a guide. Even if you are experienced, a guide not only knows how to best navigate the river, but their experience enables you to catch the most fish.
5. Bring a positive attitude, rod, reel, and tackle that only includes artificial flies and lures.
Wade fisherman can fish the banks from the 7-mile Little Hole Trail, starting at the dam.
High Country Fly fishers, the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, offers spring clinics for both men and women, workshops on fly-tying, monthly meetings and fishing enthusiasts happy to answer any and all questions.
By Julie Hooker