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Old 01-24-2011, 12:10 PM
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Sure, but I don't know if I'll have any good info for you guys. When it comes to holiday weekends we pretty much stay home except for the 4th of July.
I here ya. I generally don't wonder out either.. Its just that I got the kitchen pass. I hate to waste it sitting at home
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Steve: Like Fysh said earlier, 99% of the crowds are going to be on the "A" Section. You could either hike into the "B" section and camp at one of the sites along the river or if you have access to pontoon boats or a drift boat float the "B" Section. If you didn't feel comfortable floating down Red Creek Rapids, you have the option in a pontoon to stop at the top and portaging down the gravel bar on the left side. The rapid is a two staged affair and the gravel bar would get you down the hairy portion of the rapid, after that it levels out and isn't too bad. The nice thing about the "B" section is that it consists of mostly Brown trout and of course like Fysh said it isn't nearly as crowded. You can reserve some of the campsites on the "B" section on-line, the other sites are reserved on a board at the Little Hole boat launch site. Last summer when we floated the "B" Section on Saturday (in early Sept), as we floated past the campsites they were all empty except two. The next day on Sunday when we floated by they were all full except for the very last one, but even at that the river didn't seem crowded at all. We maybe saw 10 boats the whole day. The issue with the "A" section is the tuber hatch. The rafting companies bring kids over by the bus loads. Last year when we floated the "A" Section as we were driving down to the boat ramp by the dam it was snowing and there was two big Greyhound buses unloading teenagers all dressed in T-Shirts and shorts getting ready for a white water float. We got on the water ahead of them but about a mile down here they came, five big rubber rafts loaded to the gills with kids rowing to beat the band. We just pulled over and let them pass. That had to be one cold ride.

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Steve: . That had to be one cold ride.

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Yeah that dosent sound like fun..camp huh hummm so where does one rent a boat there? or does one rent a boat?
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Yeah that dosent sound like fun..camp huh hummm so where does one rent a boat there? or does one rent a boat?
Steve: I'm sure it was, maybe that is why they rowed past us so quickly!
You can rent pontoon boats, fly fishing rafts with rowing frames or drift boats from Trout Creek Flies and from Flaming Gorge Lodge:
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If you decide to rent a boat, I'd recommend you study these descriptions of the rapids on the "A" section before you decide to row it yourself and I would recommend having some rowing experience also. The rapids are all class I and II but they loose boats on that river every year. I'm guessing it is due to inattention or just not knowing how to avoid rocks. At the winter flow of 850 CFS there will be a lot of pillow rocks just peaking out of the surface, but are easy to avoid if you are vigilent. Take the Bridge rapid on far right, you will see a tongue of water, just line up on it and you will be fine. The rapid that always gets my attention is Mother-in-Law and there is a sign telling you that you are approaching. It starts out with a left hand turn and then sharply turns to the right with a shear rock wall on the far left side and a big rock at the bottom. I like to start this one on the right side, then as the river turns back to the right be sure to have the bow pointed at the wall so you can back peddle away from it while watching down river for the big rock. The description of the rest of the rapids sound more intimidating than they really are. The key is to pay attention and setup early. I've only rowed the "A" section at the winter flow of 850 CFS, at higher flows most of the pillow rocks will not be an issue so it should be easier to row, with the exception of the flows being a bit faster making the early setup more critical, but I did talk to a gal in a pontoon boat last year and she indicated floating the "A" section at the lower flows was actually more difficult (take that for what it is worth).
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Here are some photos of the rapids and a few boat mishaps:
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I'd offer to bring my boat over and row you two down the river, but with my wife's condition I just can't commit to something like that and then have to bail out on you guys at the last minute if she takes a turn for the worse.
Here is the link to the Flaming Gorge Lodge site, they also rent boats and that is where we stay when not camping. If you desire a motel room you better reserve one early.
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Thanks Larry your too kind!
As the time draws near I will let you know of the destination and if your inclined I'm sure Bob and I would love some company. That goes for you too fyshstykr
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As the time draws near I will let you know of the destination and if your inclined I'm sure Bob and I would love some company. That goes for you too fyshstykr
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If you two are still planning a spring trip to the Green I thought you would be interested in this slide show on a winter trip that shows some great scenary and fish porn to help get you rev'd up for the trip: Winter Trip down the Green Scottsvirtualflytying.com - Online Fly Tying Resource

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Thanks Larry, those are some great shots...and big fish.
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Thanks Larry, those are some great shots...and big fish.
Yat: Your welcome! I have never landed pigs like those on the Green, but then I have never been over there in the winter either, but at least you know they are there.

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If you are going river fishing on that weekend you will have crowds everywhere...the thing about the Great Green is the volume of fish and their insane continual feeding. You can slap the water over a fish and a lotof times they dont even swim away.

The A section has just about as many fish per mile as any river in the country.

I mostly float tube it and it allows you to get to spots and get out and head hunt or fish runs...Start at the boat ramp at daylight and move down the river as the flotilla approaches.

Take out for a while then hike in late late afternoon and fish till dark..You can always find good water...But regardless those fish eat ALL THE TIME...so even if an angler just moved out with the right fly and good technique you can roast em.
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