To celebrate my 65th birthday I decided to fish the Green River with my son. We hired a guide from Trout Creek Flies to float the B section on Saturday so I could see first hand what Red Creek Rapids really looks like, then float the same stretch on Sunday on our own. The B section doesn't have a lot of rapids but the biggest rapid on the river is on this stretch, it is a boat eater if your not careful. The B section doesn't have the numbers of fish like the A section but they tend to be a bit larger and have more brown trout. I think we only landed one rainbow the entire trip. If you have never fished the Green River, you should make a point to put it on your to-do list, if nothing else the scenary is fantastic. The wx forecast was for sunny skies both days and for once the forecast was mostly correct. We have floated the Green in the past and always seem to attract the snow regardless of what the forecast says so this trip was especially nice to have warm wx both days. We lost count of the fish we landed maybe 40-50, but lost at least that number. These fish are very healthy and extremely good fighting fish.
Here is a look at Red Creek Rapids, there are only two paths down due to all the rocks in the center, the path we took was the left side where all the white water is just to the right of the rock outcropping:
The far right showing the far right side can be floated if you have the kahonas to try it, the path is where the big waves are along the rock wall:
My son fighting a nice Green River trout:
And here is the reward of a well fought fight:
Good view of the Green River:
Green River Brown Trout:
Another nice trout:
On Sunday, my son decided he wanted to learn to row the boat so he stayed on the oars the entire day except for the upper section of Red Creek Rapids. He wanted to give it a try but I just wasn't ready for that much excitement:
Well, first, from a fellow old-timer, Happy Birthday!
However, since it was your birthday trip, how come I didn't see any pictures of you catching fish? That's your son's duty; not doing all the catching on your birthday.
That's great Larry, so glad you didn't sit around wondering what to do. Looks like a bunch of nice fish too when we move down to CO. I'll float that river when you want. I figure I'll bring my pontoons with us. I have never fished that river but it is on the bucket list among many others.
Fly2Fish asked for some photos of me fishing, so I included a few below:
Kelly: Thanks, I feel the same way, the Green is a great place to fish, but it is a long drive for me also.
RayMO: Thanks, I totally agree! I had a great time on my birthday fishing with my son and getting to teach him a little about rowing a drift boat.
JP: I'm no expert rower that is for sure, but I know the basics and made it down Red Creek Rapids!
Fysh: I sent you an email!
Ard: Sounds cool! While we were fishing I spotted a gal in a pontoon followed by a guy in a pontoon tied to a third one holding their camping gear. I asked them if they planned on running the rapids or portaging around. She said that they would run the rapids, it was the best part of the trip. At the takeout they were there loading up and she asked me how I did and I told her I bumped into a couple rocks and spun off another but made it down fine. I didn't follow the guides advice on the setup at the top, lesson learned! She had a good laugh!
I'm itching to do that trip again but this time camping along the river, the camp sites they have constructed are really nice sites with fire pits, a grate, a picnic table and all but one has shade, but they require you to bring along a sealable porta-potty.