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Epic BWO Hatch? Here's the setup.

Posted on 3/12/2019 under green river, blue winged olives

Fall Streamer fishing!

Buttery Brown Trout photo brownstreamer copy_zpsvt6zqtlz.jpg It's the time of year where fall fish get aggressive before winter.  Rainbow Trout Streamer Macro photo streamerrainbow copy_zpsjwinnak2.jpg  Both Browns and Bows.  Brown Trout Streamer Macro photo streamermacro copy_zpsa5a0kqvh.jpgSave

Posted on 10/03/2016

High Water Fishing

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When high water hits it's time to throw most of our traditional tactics out the door.  The one exception would be cicadas.  Some times there are enough cicadas out there to pull some fish to the surface. Historically, fish are reluctant to rise while the bypass tubes are running.  We, as guides and fishermen, usually resort to deep nymph fishing with scuds, worms, and eggs.  Lots of food has been dislodged and the fish are taking advantage of the abnormally large food items in the water.  High water is likely to end  by the first of  July.

Posted on 6/14/2016 under green river, high water

Winter Fishing

B section bow photo DSC_0226.jpg       In the winter,  solitude is the most enticing part of the deal.  The fishing is generally great because of the lack of pressure and good number of bugs still hatching.  There are also eggs about, left over from our fall spawning Rainbows and Brown Trout.  This is also the peak time for streamer fishing here on the Green.  The three winter months, December, January, and February could be broken down like this: 

Fish are still spawning.  There are numerous eggs in the water and most of the fish will be located around spawning areas, even if they are not spawning.  Very small midges and a few left over fall BWO's will still be hatching.  The few rising fish will be podded up in select pools.  Some fish will be in super shallow water warming themselves in the sun.  These fish are more susceptible to streamers and always have an eye out for a stray sculpin. 

 photo IMG_0694_zpsfb497f9e.jpgJanuary- Early January is often the coldest time of the year.  This usually gives the fish a good break, though hatches seem to dwindle during this time.  Mid January brings slightly warmer temps and the beginning of bigger midge hatches.  This is also a time when fish start eating each other.  Large streamer patterns that resemble small trout are a good choice to go along with the ever present sculpin. 

February- The last several years the weather has been fantastic in February.  Good midge hatches and large sized BWO's will start to appear in select areas.  This usually occurs from Little Hole down where the sun stays out most of the day.   This also seems to be the peak time for streamers.  This is my favorite time of year to fish extra large articulated streamers.

Posted on 12/20/2015

Trophy Trout: A lighthearted view on pictures.

Posted on 4/24/2015 under green river,

Celebrating the Successes of Others

 photo IMG_0396_zps723ec316.jpg     I have fished with thousands of different anglers over the past few decades.  Everyone fishes for a variety of reasons.  I have stated before that recreation is really re-creation.  We are trying to re-create ourselves in an effort to become who we really want to be.    That may be on a conscious or subconscious level, and many times I'm sure that many of us are even cognizant of what's occurring.  When the desired goal is reached, there is a genuine happiness that comes out.  I tire of those who want to tear down this happiness.  
     The goal is different for everyone.   There is a myriad of different desired outcomes.  Here are a few examples:  catching a fish, catching a big fish, not catching a fish at all, but just being out, mastering a new skill, or enjoying the journey of learning more about the sport, or leaving "reality" behind and just "getting away from it all".   There are as many reasons as people.  As a guide, the trick is recognizing what it is each individual is trying to achieve and celebrating that moment. 

smiling bow photo 204_zps4277fd78.jpgI recently read on a social media post the said, "we don't normally post grip and grins, but we just had to post this one."   I stared at the screen quite puzzled.   My interpretation of this statement was that it was contemptuous.   Was the author somehow coming down some sort of perceived level to post a picture about someone who was excited about their catch.  My sarcastic response would be,  "we sure don't need to advertise someone smiling and enjoying are sport."  Of course we want to show individuals excited, smiling, happy, giggling and any other outward joyous expression.  To degrade such a picture is to do so out of jealousy, covetousness, or contempt.   I'll share one of life's little secrets.   If your happy for them, it will make you happy too!
     Next time you see someone post a "the big one", be happy for them.  Realize, they are posting the possibilities.  You could be the next person to catch your desired outcome, whatever that might be.  What you might find, is that finding joy in others successes, might be your desired outcome.  I know it makes me happy.  I have been asked how I can guide so much, why I don't burn out.  I don't tire of seeing others achieve happiness.   As Scrooge says in A Christmas Carol,   "I don't deserve it, I don't deserve to be this happy."

Posted on 8/28/2014 under opinion

River on Fire, fishin'on fire

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The Fall colors are brilliant and great fishing has begun.  As the Brown's and Fall spawning Rainbows approach their reproductive cycle,  late season dry fly fishing will be on for the next couple of weeks.   This occurs almost entirely on B  and C sections.  It's one of my favorite times of the year. Come check it out.

Posted on 10/15/2013 under fall fishing

Thanksgiving on the Green with KSL Outdoors

Posted on 1/05/2013 under green river, fall fishing

Watch Trout Unlimited on the Pipeline threat.

 I asked Charles Card, the Trout Unlimited Northeastern Coordinator to talk about the proposed pipelines that are current threats to the Green.   There is a little wind in the sound so I apologize. Check out the TU site for this issue 

Check out future dates for the Green River Road show on their website.Photobucket

Posted on 5/17/2012 under green river, fly fishing, million pipeline

2011 Green River thoughts by DWR

I asked Matt Mckell, biologist here on the river to share some thoughts about the river this year.   The Audio isn't very loud so you will have to turn up the volume.

Posted on 12/05/2011 under green river, fly fishing,