Early Risers on the Green

July 14th, 2012

This hot weather has done both good and bad things for the green river. On the good side it has really helped to wake up the bug life in the Pinedale area. There are many different hatches that the angler has to choose from. Most fish are still keyed in on grey drake patterns as well as big foam while we are seeing that others are moving towards the smaller PMD’s, caddis, and yellow sallies.

While the heat is bringing the flies up, it is also keeping the fish down. Most anglers are having a tough time catching fish once the sun is high in the sky and the water heats up. The intense afternoon heat is really shutting down the major top water action. To battle this, I suggest making it an early morning. Fire up the coffee pot and try to get on the river right around sunrise. In the early morning before the bugs start popping break out the sink tip and throw a big streamer. At the first sign of bugs switch to some foam, a parachute adams, or whatever hatch might be happening and it should be smooth sailing until the desert sun puts the fish down.