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Just returned from another great outing to the Flaming Gorge section
of the Green River. For those that haven't made it to the Green
River, mark it on your calendar to do so next Spring or in the Fall
for some Superb BWO action. No worries we may be back again in the
Fall for a trip if you keep up with my Trip list! The best part of
this years trip was not all the fish we caught, the great weather we
had, or the nice Lodging but the empty parking lots we encountered,
talk about a dream come true for solitude on the River.
A few of us made it up this past weekend and nestled ourselves into
the Flaming Gorge Lodge seeing how last years Annual camping trip
with snow was a slightly to cold for most. Saturday we started out
fishing midges since it was still a bit early for the Baetis. It
didn't take long for a few of us to hook up on some midge patterns
and enjoy what was to be a great day.
Midges remain important to us, don't forget them in the pursuit of
Baetis. In fact many reports are saying that the midge patterns have
often out performed the Baetis lately and there has been, at times,
a great number of midge adults on the water. During the slower
active times, midges may well be your best approach in fly selection
when on the Green.
As far as the Blue Wings go, Blue wings usually hatch from the end
of February until the run-off starts, with the best action coming in
late March here. The first bugs to hatch are generally a little
larger (size 16), and they gradually become smaller as the hatch
progresses. Mayflies tend to hatch more consistently throughout the
day when the sky is overcast. I'm not sure if this is because of the
more consistent, generally warmer temperatures. When the sun is
shining bright for the better part of the day, surface action is the
best from around 11 a.m. to around 2 p.m., with a peak around 1 p.m.
Hatch conditions vary from day to day, as do hatch times and
intensity. It pays to keep in touch with the guys at your local fly
shop. They hear about river and hatch conditions a few times a day
and have the most up to date reports.
Areas we fished:
A Section (above Little Hole)
Surprisingly not as many people as expected on the water. As above,
come prepared for any weather and get after it. We caught fish
thoughout the day.
Expected some streamer action with overcast conditions, but to no
Nymph in the early part of the day and move to dries and dry
droppers in the afternoon when you start seeing noses in eddies and
foamlines.(as wind conditions allow...)
B-Section (below Little Hole)
Frustrating at times with the wind and fishing dries, but with the
right drift you are rewarded with some healthy fighters. (Browns
that jump like bows are a great reward!!) 6 & 7X Floro tippets help
seal the deal in shallows. Presentation is key! As more and more
bugs were on the water, the fish seemed to become more selective.
One of the few rivers that sees this much traffic and still remains
clean/free of trash -- keep it that way and please pick up the trash
you do come across.
Adams, Para-Adams, BWOs in #16-22, Sprout midges, foambacks and
para midge patterns in olive, black and grey #20-26. Emergers and
small baetis nymphs pre-hatch: Micro mayflies, WD40s, rojos, Discos,
Stan's Shukin' Midge in wine, red, olive #20-24.
The Top fly far and away had to be the #22 Red Rojo Midge which
helped me to catch about 20 something trout just on that fly alone!
By the 2nd day it seems like everyone had a rojo on and were
cleaning house except for Tim who did the Dry/Dropper all day and
still lannded plenty. It was very tough to hit the road early
afternoon on Sunday but with a few miles to go we had out fill of
Trout to last all of us for quite sometime.
As a final note to those that catch Big fish, always know who is
netting your Big fish before allowing them to be a net guy. Reason
being something too funny happened, my buddy Tim had a friend on the
trip who aspired to land my nice Brown, note to netters never use a
small net 1st and 2nd never walk chest high out to walk out front of
the fish & into the line while someone is trying to pull them into
shore. Line snapped a guilt settled, no worries it happened but next
time I'll get the fish
[This message has been edited by J Castwell (edited 20 April 2006).]