About the Upper Green River
Free flowing and clear, the river flows from the mountains into the sagebrush landscape. Runoff ends usually by the end of June. Even in high water the river fishes, according to the nice folks at Two Rivers Fishing Company in nearby Pinedale, WY. While the river gets big, it runs clearer than most during highwater.
July starts the top-water action as the water levels drop. Every year is different and this year (2019), levels were on the high side. Even higher than normal, we found the river to be wade-able and most fish reach-able.
The Green River is more than 700 miles long, and in several places on that journey, has epic fly fishing. On this trip, we fished the river upstream from Warren Bridge to the Green River Lakes.
Hatches on the Upper Green River
In season, The Upper Green is all about hatches. Green Drakes, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Caddis, Trico, and Callibaetis are the highlights. The river, at times, is a conveyor belt of food. With a short summer season, the hatches are compacted into a shorter time frame.
This year, we arrived for the last week of the Green Drake hatch. Big bugs and eager fish.
In the morning, the drakes would hatch, flop clumsily around in the surface film, eventually dry their wings, and fly away. For most, it did not go like this. The trout picked them off unmercifully. “How could this insect species continue?”, I wondered at times.
But then the morning came when the drakes did not hatch. In the air and on the water, green drake spinners proved that life goes on no matter how many fledgling drakes were consumed before fulfilling the life cycle.