Green River, Upper

Green River, Wyoming

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There’s more to the Green River than the Flaming Gorge tailwater. High on the slopes of Stroud Peak in the Wind River Mountains, 50 miles by air from Jackson, rises the Green, one of Wyoming’s most renowned trout rivers. Flowing first northwest, then south, the river rounds Big and Little Sheep Mountains on a journey that takes it some 200 miles across sage-brush steppe, through Fontenelle Reservoir, and into the top of Flaming Gorge Reservoir below the town of Green River. The glamorous water of the Green is, of course, the tailwater below Flaming Gorge Dam. But the upper reaches of the river offer challenging angling for rainbows and cutthroat in the 12-inch class and below Fontenelle Reservoir, larger browns and rainbows are found. The mountain waters of the Green have improved a great deal over the past few years, and it’s certainly worth a look, especially if you’re in Jackson and want to avoid the traffic on the Snake or in the national parks. Species: Rainbow, cutthroat, brown. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

Green River, Upper Professional Review and Guide

"There’s more to the Green River than the Flaming Gorge tailwater. High on the slopes of Stroud Peak in the Wind River Mountains, 50 miles by air from Jackson, rises the Green, one of Wyoming’s most renowned trout rivers. Flowing first northwest, then south, the river rounds Big and Little Sheep Mountains on a journey that takes it some 200 miles across sage-brush steppe, through Fontenelle Reservoir, and into the top of Flaming Gorge Reservoir below the town of Green River.

The glamorous water of the Green is, of course, the tailwater below Flaming Gorge Dam. But the upper reaches of the river offer challenging angling for rainbows and cutthroat in the 12-inch class and below Fontenelle Reservoir, larger browns and rainbows are found. The mountain waters of the Green have improved a great deal over the past few years, and it’s certainly worth a look, especially if you’re in Jackson and want to avoid the traffic on the Snake or in the national parks. Species: Rainbow, cutthroat, brown. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Green River
Access: Easy to Difficult
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Maps: Wyoming DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Green River, Upper

Recent Trail Reviews

8/14/2006
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We did a 3 day canoe trip from just below Fontanelle, WY to Green River, WY. The majority of the trip was through the Seedskadee Wildlife preserve. The river was a a slow run in the middle of August and the terrain in general was through barren Wyoming high desert. Although there were a few trees along the river, most of the terrain is white sand stone buttes covered sage brush and prairee grass. The wildlife was extensive including Mule Deer, Antelope, Moose, Badger, and Coyote. We tried fishing of all kinds with very experienced fly fisherman in the group, and had no success. We saw a lot of fish on the river but had no success in pulling any in at all. The biggest disappointment was that there was no place to camp along the river until you left the Wildlife Preserve closer to the City of Green River, WY. If you are planning to run the green put in 30 miles north of Fontanelle or below Green River. Beautiful run in a dry wasteland sort of way.



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