Even novice anglers can get quite a catch in a marvelous trip down Green River

Even novice anglers can get quite a catch in a marvelous trip down Green River

Carol Oglesby holds one of the feisty brown trout she and Pat caught during a recent trip down the C Section of the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam.

This toothy brown trout was caught and released on the C section of the Green River, a 10-mile stretch of mostly flat water entirely different from the faster water found in the A and B sections.

This size 10 foam grasshopper is a favorite pattern of guide Charlie Card, who uses it for the selective brown trout on the C Section of the Green River.

Sometimes, even a famous river has trouble living up to its reputation.

There are years the salmonfly hatch on the Gunnison River is a bust, and you’ll never get rich betting on the Trico hatch on the Madison or the Green Drakes on the Fryingpan.

But it’s hard to go wrong on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam.

Sure, guides there love to palaver about the 7,000 (or is it 14,000?) trout per mile in the “A” section of the Green immediately below the dam so it’s “nearly impossible not to catch fish” while you progressively get skunked.

And those same slick-talking oar-benders can regale you for hours about the astounding cicada hatches, which, of course, happen when you’re not within casting range of the Green.

But even a Green River novice can stumble into a Pale Morning Dun hatch and find 15-inch rainbow trout rising to the splashiest cast or tie into a hard-charging trout hooked on a size 18 Brassie.

So what happens when a couple of experienced anglers hook up with a respected and talented guide?

We’ll let the photos and description from Grand Junction angler Pat Oglesby tell about the recent trip he and his wife, Carol, took with guide Charlie Card of Spinner Fall Guide Service out of Dutch John, Utah, a tidy community tucked near the base of Flaming Gorge Dam.

First, though, a word about Card. Raised in Vernal, by age 13 Card was tying flies for the local fly shop and by 15 had his first drift boat. He started learning the guide trade at, well, a young age, we’ll say. And by the time he was legally old enough to carry passengers, he already had a bit of renown for both his fish-handling and people-handling skills.

One of the most requested guides on the Green, Card works for Spinner Fall Guide Service (877-811-3474) in Dutch John.

And something about the “C” section of the Green River, which flows through Browns Park. This part of the river is slower water, where large-bodied brown trout float suspiciously under bushy grasshopper pattern that drifts along the bank.

This, too, is the land where people of dubious means such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Tom Horn, Isom Dart and Ann Bassett (“Queen of the Cattle Rustlers”) make today’s fast-talking guides look tame, indeed.

The fishing, and the history, make for a marvelous trip.


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