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I am looking to take a 4 or 5 day fly fishing trip for trout this summer. Looking for suggestions. One consideration is floating the Green River. I am looking for nice weather, great views, and lots of dumb fish that are easy to catch.
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I saw a presentation by Lefty Kreh last weekend and he made a point of saying that the best trout fishing the lower 48 nowadaze is in Arkansas and Tennessee.
Also said to stay away from Yellowstone in the summer unless you like fishing in a crowd.
Personally, I'm going fishing for brookies at an undisclosed location in northern New England
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I saw a presentation by Lefty Kreh last weekend and he made a point of saying that the best trout fishing the lower 48 nowadaze is in Arkansas and Tennessee.
Also said to stay away from Yellowstone in the summer unless you like fishing in a crowd.
Personally, I'm going fishing for brookies at an undisclosed location in northern New England
Lefty may be right if they stocked the day before you arrive...

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Lol I agree with littledavid lots of corn-eating trout down there. I have fished the tailwaters in TN and the Norfork in AR. Not to downplay the fishing there, it is good, but a friend of mine tried to quote Dave Whitlock as saying something to the same effect and my response was: "You've never fished the Miracle Mile, have you?"

If I had to choose one place to go this summer for big fish and 'dumb' fish, it would be the Miracle Mile on the North Platte in WY. I made a trip there last fall and caught more large fish in 2 days than I had all summer. Second fish of the trip was a 24" bow and one of the last was a 25" brown. The fishing was so good I made the 5hr trip back there a week later and had the same success. Nice wader friendly water. Riffles, pools and pocketwater. It's a tailwater but fishes like a freestone-you can use 3 or 4x tippet. Plus there are free campsites all along the river, and you have the Grey Reef and Fremont Canyon on the same river just downstream if you wanted a little variety on your trip.
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I am looking to take a 4 or 5 day fly fishing trip for trout this summer. Looking for suggestions. One consideration is floating the Green River. I am looking for nice weather, great views, and lots of dumb fish that are easy to catch.
Tracker: The Green below Flaming Gorge would be a good choice for a 4-5 day trip, it is one of my favorites, fishes great and the scenary is fantastic, the "A" section of the river is in a 1,500 red cliff canyon and the water is crystal clear and is called the aquarium. I'd recommend doing a float on the "A" section one day and the "B" section the next (as a minimum). The fish on the "A" section are primarily rainbows, cutbows and cutthroat with a few browns thrown in and they are in the 14-18" range with a few big fish, but all of them are great fighters. On the "B" section you will find mostly brown trout. The land is all BLM land so access to the river is not a problem, the issue is that the road isn't near the river except for at the dam and then 7 miles down stream at Little Hole, however, if your in good shape there is a walking trail all the way from the dam to Little Hole so the days you aren't floating you can get away from the crowds by doing some walking. The other option is to park the car at Little Hole and walk upstream to find a good fishing spot. There are only three motels in the area, Trout Creek Flies has a few cabins out back of the fly shop, Flaming Gorge Resort has a motel and some condos and then further up the hill is Red Canyon Lodge. There are a number of camping areas in the area, but due to a fire back in 1992 (I think) most of them have no trees or shade). Take a good look at the Trout Creek Flies web site, it has a pretty good description of the river, a hatch chart, the camping in the area, etc. Green River Fly fishing Flaming Gorge, Utah, Utah flyfishing Guides, Utah Fly fishing Guides, Trout Creek Flies - Your Complete Green River Guide Service - Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing, Emmett Heath, Fishing

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The reason I was considering the Green is because the area is no beautiful. I have a good friend that has a camp in Manila that I have elk hunted out of. I fished the Gourge a couple of times but only dunked worms and drank Crown. Kind of a celebration after the skinning was done.

I went right by the Platte last year when I went on an antelope hunt and regret not stopping.

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Tracker12: The Platte is definitely a very good fishery, but the scenary sucks and the wind sucks even bigger, but it does have some great fish. The issue I have with the Grey Reef is the access. There are only four public access points between the dam and the first take out at Lusby and they get terribly crowded, the best way to experience the Gray Reef is by floating.

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Tracker,
I have not fished the Green, but I understand it is a great fishery. Here is a video a friend put together on his last trip.

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Sure that is the right link? All I got was some singing and dancing. Girl in the video was a nice catch!
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Arkansas and Tennessee eh? Sounds like you better take you Cheeseballs and Doritos to trout fish there! If stocked trout are your game, by all means go wherever they DNR decides to dump the most fish in the water. Not my idea of communing with nature...That's more like communing with a dumptruck full of grocery store merchandise.

I don't think I'm biased at all but I'd go to Ausable;
there are no corn-eating trout in the Ausable of Michigan.
5000-15000 completely wild trout per-mile.
It is one of the Crown Jewels of the lower 48. It's right up there with Yellowstone IMO.
160 miles of river, at least half of it is wadeable.

My first qualification for a destination is "Is it Wild?". My second qualification is "Is it Crowded?"

I did not find Yellowstone too bad when I was there the first week of July. I don't know how it gets later in the season, but I hear that I was really in front of the crowds. The Ausable is so big, that you won't be too crowded. You can always escape to the South branch if you get tired of seeing a car or two at every put-in. It gets little pressure, I rarely have trouble finding a half mile of river all to myself on the South on a weekday.
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