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Green River - below Fontenelle Res - Wyoming

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Afternoon 18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
February Midge Afternoon 18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
March Midge Afternoon 18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Blue Wing Olive Afternoon 16-20 Rusty BWO, Adams
April Midge Afternoon 18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Blue Wing Olive Afternoon 16-20 Rusty BWO, Adams
May Blue Wing Olive Afternoon 16-20 Rusty BWO, Adams
Caddis Evening 12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
June Caddis Evening 12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
PMD Afternoon 14-18 PMD Sparkle Dun, PMD Thorax
July Caddis Evening 12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
PMD Afternoon 14-18 PMD Sparkle Dun, PMD Thorax
August Caddis Evening 12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
Terrestrials All Day 10-14 Hopper, Ant Patterns
September Caddis Evening 12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X Caddis
Terrestrials All Day 10-14 Hopper, Ant Patterns
October Blue Wing Olive Afternoon 16-20 Rusty BWO, Adams
Terrestrials All Day 10-14 Hopper, Ant Patterns
November Midge Afternoon 18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
December Midge Afternoon 18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

If you are an avid fly fisherman, the Green River below Fontenelle Reservoir is a must-visit spot. Renowned for its trout populations, particularly brown and rainbow trout, the river offers excellent fly fishing opportunities. Here are the best spots:

  • Recreation Area below Fontenelle Dam: This spot offers easy access and parking. The river here is loaded with brown and rainbow trout.
  • Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge: With 36 miles of fishable water, it provides excellent habitats for trout. It’s optimal during spring and fall.
  • Lower Green River: This lesser-visited area boasts deep runs and slower pools teeming with trout.
  • The “Tailwater” section: This section below the Fontenelle Dam is productive year-around with ample access points.

Catch and release regulations apply in some sections, preserving the high-quality fishing experience for future anglers.

Best Access Points

The Green River below Fontenelle Reservoir offers prime fly fishing locations. Accessibility varies so here are some of the most popular access points:
  • Dam Directly: The area just below the dam is publicly accessible and exceptionally productive due to concentrated fish numbers.
  • Upper Green River Road: A well-maintained gravel road that runs along the river’s length. It provides multiple pull-offs for fishing access.
  • Trappers Point: Situated approximately 25 miles away downstream. It offers a serene setting for fly fishing with abundant trout.
  • Firehole Canyon: Although access can be difficult due to its steep canyon walls, the persistence pays off with stunning views and great fishing.
  • Lower Green River Road: This road extends from the Firehole Canyon campsite, offering numerous access points to remote sections of the river.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout – Known for their fighting spirit, these are prized assets for any angler. They boast a variety of colors, ranging from silver to dark brown with reddish spots.
  • Rainbow Trout – These are characterized by their beautiful color variety reminiscent of a rainbow. They are generally aggressive feeders, making them exciting to fly fish.
  • Cutthroat Trout – Named for the bright red-orange streaks on their undersides, these species are native to the Western United States.
  • Whitefish – These are very common and provide a decent fight for the angler, but are not as sought after due to their small size.
  • Brook Trout – This species is the easiest to catch on the Green River, due to their high numbers. They are known for their strikingly beautiful colors.
  • Lake Trout – The largest of the trout family, the Green River offers a great opportunity to target these massive fish.
  • Kokanee Salmon – These are an exciting catch due to their propensity to jump and their strong fighting spirit when hooked.
  • Bluegill Fish – They are easy to find on the Green River and are an excellent catch for young and novice anglers.

About The River

The Green River originates in the windswept mountains of Wyoming, finding its source within the Bridger National Forest. It winds over 730 miles, carving a beautiful path through spectacular landscapes. Its majesty can be chiefly admired below the Fontenelle Reservoir.

The river’s history is rich and fascinating. It dates back to the time of the native tribes, having served as an essential source of water, transportation, and sustenance.

  • Early expeditions in the 19th century, led by pioneers like Major John Wesley Powell, navigated this untamed waterway, documenting its unique geology and contributing to our understanding of the American West.
  • Industrialization in the 20th century saw the construction of the Fontenelle Dam in 1961. This major infrastructure project created the Fontenelle Reservoir, a crucial water storage facility for Wyoming.

Today, the Green River below Fontenelle Reservoir showcases a powerful combination of nature’s artwork and human engineering, attracting countless adventurers and nature enthusiasts.

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