Some of us had the opportunity to fish the Green river in Utah last week. The Green river is one of the most beautiful rivers you’ll ever see. It’s located in eastern Utah near Wyoming and is loaded with trout. Some reports say that there are 10,000 fish per mile in some sections of the river. June is an excellent time to fish the because that is when the big bugs show up. Cicadas are the bug of choice starting in late may through the entire month of June. Patterns such as Card’s Cicada are excellent imitations of the real bugs.
We showed up to the river and immediately heard the buzz of cicadas in the trees. We knew that we were going to be able to fish big foam bugs. As we worked our way upstream from Little Hole we could see that there were cicadas in the river and the fish were crushing them. We picked off some nice browns along the way in the shallow slow moving water but as we moved upstream it got harder to fool the fish. At this point we needed to try something else.
I stood up on a big rock and looked upstream for fish. I saw several fish in the 15-18 inch range so I made some casts. Immediately a fish came and took a look at my big cicada but refused it. This happened a few more times. I then decided to cast out into the main current of the river that was moving pretty fast. Sure enough a big brown bolted from the bottom of the river to the surface and inhaled my cicada. We finally figured out where the fish were. The rest of the day we caught fish in the fastest water we could find. If you ever get the chance to fish the Green river do it. You won’t be disappointed.