There is now no debate. The Green River below
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
without a doubt one of the most beautiful rivers I have ever seen in my
and without question the best trout water I have ever fished. If there
is one better please let me know.
We started the day at 7AM by
meeting our guide Scott Barrus of Spinner Fall Guide Service in Dutch
UT. We launched our
drift boat just
below the dam and began a rapid paddle and no-fish float for 4 miles
the canyon. Scott
wanted to focus on the
lower 3 miles of Section A, also known as the "Aquarium" for obvious
reasons we would find out, since we were only
doing a half day float. We
to throw in one spinning rod so I asked Scott if he minded if we threw
spinners until we arrived at our fly fishing destination. He replied - "No problem". Wow – I could
tell immediately that we were in serious trout
bruising browns were
following my spinner on nearly every cast.
By the time we reached our fly fishing
destination Taylor and I had already landed
and released 5 beautiful 15” browns and 1 nice rainbow. But that’s when
the real fun started.
Scott rigged us up with single #10
grasshopper flies and let us at em.
After 5 days of nymph fishing we were in
trout in crystal clear water, followed
by the big gulp was the fare of the day.
The record fish count was set today as we
landed 37 trout in just over 3 hours of
the fun part. After
they rose, broke the surface and
crushed our flies Scott told us to yell out “God Save the
Queen” and then set the
hook. Pretty fun
stuff. The guide
told us that the trout actually use
the downward swim from the surface to force the rushing water into
their throats to swallow the
grasshoppers so it was important to wait a full second before setting
– hence the British vocabulary.
I could actually say “God Save the Queen” in half a
second which didn’t help me
much – but I was a quick study on the technique.
Taylor, AGAIN, caught the largest and most
caught 19. I caught
18. The largest
fish of the 37 was
about 18” but the smallest wasn’t
under 14” which is pretty remarkable.
easily had 50 others that rose, and missed our flies so the action was
is a MUST for us to
return to one day – and not for four hours – maybe
days. If you ever go please give Scott Barrus at Spinner Fall
Guide Service a call as he is superb.
We were back in the RV at 11:30AM
and headed to the Black Hills of South Dakota approximately 500 miles
away. Tonight we
will see Mount Rushmore for the
first time as well.
Today marked our 29th
straight outing of rain-free fishing.