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Fly Fishing the Green River, WY

Posted 07-29-2014 at 03:59 PM by mcnerney

It's been a bit of a dry spell for me, but I finally made it out fishing yesterday, we've had house guests the past week, the in-laws were visiting from Illinois. The brother-in-law wanted to try fly fishing so I took him out to the New Fork river the other day, but we found that the river was still a little high so instead of trying to wade we just did some casting practice on the bank.
Here he is starting to put it all together, looking over the shoulder to get the timing for the forward cast correct.
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Yesterday, before heading south, I made the usual stop at Daniel Junction to gas up and to pickup a sandwich for lunch. They make the best sandwiches in the area so if you are in the vicinity, be sure to stop and try one out, you won't be disappointed. Their sandwiches look like the ones you see in the Subway commercials, not the ones they actually serve to customers. They also serve prime rib dinners on Friday nights, I have heard that it is really good, but have never made it over there. I thought I got an early enough start, but when I got to the river I found five drift boats at the boat launch and another one already on the water, a quick look at license plates revealed one from California, one from New Jersey, a couple of the regulars from Utah and one from Wyoming, plus myself........wow, this place is getting popular. Note to self, if you want to get into the prime fishing, you need to set the alarm clock for a much earlier get up!
The water was flowing over the spillway (previously I had gotten on the Bureau of Rec site and the reservoir is at 102% capacity), kicking myself for not taking a photo of that as I have never seen that much water being released before. With the water coming over the top we also had lots of pieces of driftwood coming over which made the river look kind of strange with all the driftwood floating by, but it didn't seem to hurt the fishing any. Lots of bugs hatching, mainly Caddis, Yellow Sallies, damsel flies, a few PMD's and of course a zillion midges. I landed some nice fish, but overall it was a bit of a rough day, I think I lost 9-10 fish that came unbuttoned after setting the hook, had one hook straighten, would have loved to see that big guy up close and personal. I had another big fish dive and drag my rig through some rocks in the fast current before coming loose. After that encounter, I had to re-tie as the tippet was frayed badly.
Here is a nice Snake River Cutt that liked my dry fly offering (the photo sucks, it is all washed out and doesn't show the beautiful subtle colors this fish had):
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A nice Wyoming Rainbow:
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This is just another view of one of the other Rainbows:
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Another nice Rainbow:
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Another nice Rainbow:
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Another nice Rainbow:
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This is just another view of one of the other fish:
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This is just another view of one of the other fish:
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    Larry, great pictures again!
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